Former Boston mayor and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Thomas Menino died on Thursday morning.
Menino lost his battle with cancer, dying at the age of 71.
The Boston mayor who served a record-setting five terms co-founded MAIG in 2006 with billionaire business magnate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
MAIG has since merged with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to form Everytown for Gun Safety, arguably the nation’s most aggressive gun-control organization.
Bloomberg released the following statement in the wake of Menino’s death.
“Tom Menino was a terrific mayor and a close partner for me. I got to know Tom well as we worked together to keep cities safe from gun violence. In 2006, we formed Mayors Against Illegal Guns — and what began as a meeting of 15 mayors ultimately became a coalition of more than 1,000 mayors from around the country.
“Whether it was tackling illegal guns or reviving neighborhoods, Tom was never afraid to take on tough issues. He cared deeply about the people of Boston, and he was tireless in making his city a better place to live and work. Tom was at his best when his city needed him most. In the aftermath of the Marathon bombing last year, he was steady as always, showing the same determined leadership that made his career in public service one of Boston’s most important and most influential.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s wife Angela, their children and family, and their many friends in Boston and beyond.”