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Mayors Against Illegal Guns Names Boston Bomber as Gun Violence ‘Victim’

by G&A Online Editors   |  June 25th, 2013 9
Tamerlan-Tsarnaev

Tamerland Tsarnaev: Terrorist, or "victim" of gun violence? (Photo by The Associated Press)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has created quite a name for himself in the gun rights crowd. His group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has campaigned for stricter gun control under the guise of keeping firearms out of criminals’ hands, drawing criticism from gun owners across the country.

Now, however, a major misstep has cost the group some of its credibility—or whatever credibility was left, anyway.

During a “No More Names” bus tour event June 18 in Concord, N.H., the group read the names of people killed by gunfire since the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. One of those names, however, had the crowd a little miffed.

According to a news release from the NSSF, among the names of those killed was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of coordinating and carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings. Tsarnaev was shot by police—and run over by his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—while fleeing from authorities four days after the bombing.

Understandably, more than a few people were upset; once the name was read, several protestors yelled out, “He’s a terrorist,” according to the (Concord, N.H.) Union Leader.

However, Tsarnaev’s wasn’t the only questionable inclusion in the event. According to the Washington Examiner, one in 12 names on the list is that of a crime suspect.

Apparently, this group just took a list from Slate.com titled “How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?”—which originally presented the names in a factually based tone without using words like “victim”—and repackaged it as typical pathos-driven, anti-gun rhetoric.

“He was absolutely not a victim, his name should have been deleted before the list was provided to a family member for reading and his name should never have been read,” the group said in a statement to ABC News. “It was a mistake, it should not have happened and we sincerely apologize.” MAIG has also pledged to “scrub” the entire list and represent it without the names of criminals or terrorists.

However, the damage has already been done. In one single act of carelessness, MAIG has outed itself as a group that cares more for its political agenda than the actual facts of the situation—or the group was just too lazy to research every single data point. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain: Bloomberg and his pals can’t be bothered to check the facts before presenting their case, even if it means listing a terrorist as a victim.

Now, MAIG’s claims are being questioned more than ever before, and politicians who support the group are now under the microscope; Dover, N.H., Mayor Dean Trefethen, for example, is being pressured to resign in the wake of this error, according to the Union Leader.

Standing for distortion and mistruths, it seems, can still cost a politician a job these days.

Bloomberg and MAIG can scrub their list and continue on their bus tour, but they’ll never be able to wipe away the stain this incident will surely leave on MAIG’s reputation.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    It was no mistake that this terrorist was listed. The liberals always sympathize with the criminals while feeling the need to punish law abiding citizens.

    It all ties into their “no personal responsibility” credo. According to the liberals, it must have been society’s fault that this guy planted a bomb and blew up innocent civilians.

  • needful

    bloomberg is a giant asshole!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leonard Van Neste

    Actually the homicide count has always included Police shootings so his death was a homicide. I learned of this during the mid 70s when Detroit was the Murder Capital it matters not who does the shooting it is a homicide. in fact somedays the Police were more deadly than the criminals. I would not call him or any other criminal who dies in a shootout a victim though. The thing to remember with Bloomberg is that it is not that figure lie it that liars figure.

    • Sarah Weaver

      Well, if we are going to get really technical, anyone who gets shot and killed is a “victim of gun violence”, but that is pure semantics; listing those killed by LEOs in the course of criminal activity as examples of the “rampant criminal gun use epidemic” is ignorant carelessness at best, malicious lies at worst; frankly, I don’t know which scares me most: having my rights threatened by malicious liars or my idiots.

  • Sarah Weaver

    Anti-gun activists manipulating data to further their agenda? GASP! Surely you jest!

  • Bill

    If i am correct Bloomberg carries a gun.

    • BJC

      I don’t know if he personally carries but he has plenty of body guards who do mainly cause he has a whole city who wants to kill him. He is a dictator wannabe, a hypocrite and an absolute idiot.

  • BJC

    Mayors against illegal guns. So now Bloomburg and his band of buffoons are calling police guns illegal. Every time Bloomburg opens his mouth he demonstrates how stupid he is. It’s sad to say but where’s a bus crash with no survivors when you need it.

  • Jeffrey T

    This is INSULTING AND INFURIATING!! This pos is no gun violence victim! Bloomturd is a FRACKING MORON & THE IDIOTS ON THAT BUS TOUR!! They should be called on the carpet for this!! Bunch of fracking Demorat,Liberal,Crusading PUKE F#$%KS!! Saying this terrorist is a damn gun victim!! After he killed how many & wounding!! Plus the killing of the cop!! And this Fine outstanding citizen( according to Demorats,Liberals & crusaders) was a victim of gun violence?? No he was shot by cops & killed by his ROLLING STONE PUNK BROTHER & KILLED!! So now cops shooting terrorists is bad according to Bloomturds idiots huh??? Everyone needs to pass this along to everyone!! ESPECIALY PRO GUN GROUPS!! To show just how FRACKED UP BLOOMTURD & HIS IDIOTS ARE!! They shouldnt even be allowed to call themselves Americans!! If they believe this!! Pass this around!! I retweeded it & posted to FB. Needs to go to NRA & every pro gun group showing the RETARDS WERE UP AGAINST!!

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