Gun-control group’s list of victims of gun violence includes … Tamerlan Tsarnaev; Update: Group apologizes

posted at 12:41 pm on June 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

Wasn’t Dzhokhar also wounded by the cops at some point? He’s a victim of gun violence too, you know.

Am I awake?

The event [in Concord, New Hampshire] 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…

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.

“He’s a terrorist,” several protesters shouted.

Tamerlan himself usually avoided using guns when murdering people, of course. He blew some of them up at the marathon and allegedly slit the throats of three others a few years ago. I guess they figured he deserved mention because his hands are sort of “clean.”

Seriously, do these cretins mean to imply that cops shouldn’t have guns? Bloomberg’s police force in NYC is so heavily armed that they’re supposedly capable of shooting down a plane in a pinch. I’m guessing that means Bloomy himself is a “no” on that question, although I can’t be sure: The hypocrisy of wealthy/privileged liberals in calling for the population to be disarmed while their own security teams remain armed to the teeth is legendary. As of this writing, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website says 6,170 Americans have been murdered by people using guns since Newtown; I can’t believe I have to ask this, but does that list include criminals — or terrorists — killed by police in an exchange of gunfire?

I can’t believe I have to ask this either but I guess I do. Was the name of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer ambushed and murdered by the Tsarnaevs because they wanted his gun, also read at the Concord rally? If not, why not?

Update: Here’s the inevitable clean-up attempt of a PR disaster. I still want to know whether Collier’s name was read.

Alex Katz, deputy communications director for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign, said rally organizers relied on a list compiled by Slate.com of people killed by guns since the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., “and his name was on the list.”…

Tsarnaev “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. It was a mistake, it should not have happened and we sincerely apologize,” Katz said.


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