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June 21, 2013 - 7:50 am

As Howard Nemerov wrote on June 21, an anti-gun participant in Concord, New Hampshire listed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bomber, as a victim of gun violence.  The rally was held on June 18 rally by Mayors Against Illegal Guns as part of their “No More Names” tour.   According to the New Hampshire Union Leader:

The event had people supporting the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reading the names of those “killed with guns” since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary outside their “No More Names” bus.

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Rally organizers, whose bus had Texas license plates, refused to speak to a New Hampshire Union Leader reporter and referred him to the organization’s national headquarters.

Some of the loudest shouts came when a reader spoke the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects who was killed by police during a gunfight.

As National Review’s Jim Geraghty aptly noted in his June 20 post, “aren’t you forgetting that little matter of his brother [Dzhokhar] running him over with an SUV?”  Now, Jessica Chasmar at the Washington Times wrote yesterday that Mayors Against Illegal Guns issued an apology.  It’s one of those honest mistake moments.  Yet, according to:

N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s office, this isn’t the first time the group listed him [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] as a victim. They also listed suicides and high-profile criminals, such as deceased cop-killer Christopher Dorner.

In a letter to N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the group urges the Republican “to consider your opposition to the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey background check compromise.”

“More than 6,000 Americans have been murdered with guns in the six months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Enclosed are the names of 5,026 who we were able to identify.”

The list they were using was compiled by Slate, which is a Washington Post affiliated site.  It’s also a place where blog posts saying offensive tweets are worse than drunk driving are published.  It seems the lust to reboot gun control monomania in America has liberals including the cop-killers and the terrorists.

UPDATE: Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner wrote on June 21 that one in twelve “victims” on Bloomberg’s gun violence victims list is a criminal.

A preliminary analysis of the list of shooting “victims” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is reading at rallies for new gun control laws finds that one in 12 are crime suspects killed by police or armed citizens acting in self-defense.

The review of 617 killings found that 50 were suspects in crimes ranging from assault to murder, not the type of violence Bloomberg’s group suggests in its “No More Names” campaign to draw attention to the estimated 6,000 gun death “tragedies” since the mid-December Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton, Conn.

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Examples found include an Ohio man shot by police while he was holding a gun in another man’s face, and a 79-year-old Indiana man who shot a 19-year-old who was attacking his granddaughter.

A separate analysis looked at 13 gun deaths in Montana listed on the Slate list used by Bloomberg’s group. It found that more than half were the result of police shootings or suicide.

Get well soon, liberals.

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Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger who contributes to CNS News, RedState, Noodle Pundit, and was formerly with Hot Air's GreenRoom.

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The takeaway talking point here is that Bloomberg & Co. think it's bad that cops defended themselves. Bloomberg and his mayors don't want cops using firearms to protect their lives from the most violent criminals in society. Who else would be nuts and violent enough to attack people they KNOW are armed with lethal force? But cops defending themselves are committing 'gun violence' and that's shameful, according to Bloomberg. Yet all these big-city mayors have 24/7 police security details. Hypocrisy alert.

Most everybody who wants more gun control says we should call the cops and let them handle it. Keep pressing this point upon them: Their agenda leaders are anti-cop. Divide and conquer.
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To label terrorists and criminals as gun violence victims, they can tar everybody who owns guns as violent. After all, the NRA is the largest terrorist organization that terrorizes the gun grabbers with their refusal to play dead.
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"Killed with a gun on..." repeated over and over. Sounds obsessive. And propagandistic. And obtuse.

I'm not interested in how people are killed - only in why and by whom.
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For fun, look up the names they list. I bet nearly all fall into the "yeah, that was not a tragedy" category. The "Frank Whitted" they list -- multiple arrests for drugs, domestic violence. Shot by his nephew "during an argument".
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“More than 6,000 Americans have been murdered with guns ..."

So the police "murdered" quite a few of these people in the line of duty?


I did a quick check of the list yesterday and just by happenstance the first link in the Slate list I checked led to this headline at the Chicago Tribune:

"Man with assault rifle shot dead by police after Alabama triple murder"

as their source for Romero Roberto Moya

"A man armed with an assault-style rifle and suspected of killing three men in a domestic dispute was shot dead by police after a car chase and shootout that left an officer wounded..."

Yeah, he was a victim?
1 year ago
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Don't forget those murdered by the FBI, including a Chechen immigrant held under FBI interrogation.
1 year ago
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More correct to say they are sorry everyone found out. They are not sorry in inflating the numbers to get attention.

Just like when some groups "innocently" included the 9/11 hijackers in the list of victims.
1 year ago
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When gun grabbers take away your guns, only the IRS agents would have guns.
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Thread winner!
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