1 in 12 “Victims” on Bloomberg’s Gun Violence List Are Crime Suspects
The list of names maintained by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, came under scrutiny this week when it was revealed that one of the Boston Bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was among the list of names read by the group as part of a cross country bus tour.
Now the Washington Examiner is reporting that a preliminary review of the names on the list show that at least 1 in 12 were crime suspects. Many of those suspects were shot and/or killed by either police or law abiding citizens in self defense.
According to the report in the Washington Examiner,
The group is using an online list published by Slate.com which simply lists the killings. In Concord, N.H. this week, Bloomberg’s group read the name of Boston Marathon terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev off the list during a rally. The group later apologized, saying that his name shouldn’t have been read because he was “not a victim.”
The National Rifle Association told Secrets that reading Tsarnaev’s name and including those of other suspected vicious criminals distorts and undermines the No More Names campaign as it travels through 25 states in 100 days to attack legislators opposed to expanded gun control.
“This calls into question every statistic that Bloomberg and MAIG has used and will use to promote their cause,” said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. “Bloomberg has proven that he will stop at nothing, including repeating flawed statistics, in pursuit of his gun control agenda. And he’ll do this with no regard for the truth.”
Those of us who have been keeping up with the gun control debate for some time now have always known that these lists of “victims” has included criminals killed by other criminals, police and law abiding citizens in self defense, but now the Tsarnaev incident is bringing it to the attention of the general public.
As more and more anti gun statistics and numbers are analyzed hopefully the general public will realize how dubious, and often manipulated, these numbers really are.
MAIG is largely ran and funded by multi-billionaire, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. According to the MAIG website,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors working to make America’s communities safer by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands. Co-founded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the coalition has grown from a committed group of 15 members to more than 950 mayors from 45 states, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, from major cities and small towns around the country.