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Mayor Bloomberg joked at the 2013  Inner Circle dinner Saturday night. The next day, he was on “Meet the Press”  talking about guns.

The $12 million ad blitz targeting senators wavering on gun control will be  just the beginning, Mayor  Bloomberg warned Sunday.

“I have a responsibility ... to try to make this country safer,” Bloomberg  said on “Meet the Press” when asked if he’d spend big-time in next year’s  elections to target the National Rifle Association and members of Congress for  opposing gun restrictions.

“If I can do that by spending some money, and taking the NRA from being the  only voice to being one of the voices, so the public can really understand the  issues, then I think my money will be well spent and I think I have an  obligation to do that,” he said.

“If 90% of the public wants something, and their representatives vote against  that, common sense says they are going to have a price to pay for that,”  Bloomberg said, referring to the proportion of people polls show support  universal background checks.

Bloomberg launched the ad campaign, which will start airing Monday, in a  dozen states where Bloomberg believes key senators can be swayed. The ad  features a rifle-toting hunter making the case for background checks

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