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Mayors Against Illegal Guns Inflates ‘Violence’ Stats With ‘Victims’ Shot By Police, In Self-Defense

June 24, 2013 by  

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Inflates ‘Violence’ Stats With ‘Victims’ Shot By Police, In Self-Defense
Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name was on a list of shooting victims.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun control outfit, recently rattled off a list of names of victims of gun violence at a New Hampshire rally. The event made headlines for the group’s inclusion of shooting “victim” Tamerlan Tsarnaev — one of the guys suspected of instigating the Boston Marathon bombing, who was killed in a shootout with police.

Outrage and public pressure elicited a next-day apology from MAIG, but the slip got 2nd Amendment advocates interested in the other names MAIG was using to round out its list of gun violence vicitms.

Turns out, the group has been using a list on the Slate website that tallies the number of Americans “Killed by Guns Since Newtown.” It’s just a list of names of people who died from a gunshot wound (or wounds) — not a retelling of the stories of their deaths.

The Washington Examiner noted Friday:

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.

To use the Bloomberg group’s logic, one would have to accept that everyone who’s shot and killed by a police officer or by a citizen acting in self-defense categorically fits the description of a “victim” of gun violence. Examples of police shootings are, sadly, abundant; but it’s unlikely every cop shooting is a tale of bad cop, poor victim. Even fewer, perhaps, are the instances of reported self-defense shootings that turn out to be false.

As Nick Leghorn succinctly put it in a blog over at The Truth About Guns, “In the minds of MAIG, I guess being shot by a gun is like instantly being turned from a sinner into a saint.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • shadow1776

    Those anti gun advocates, don’t like guns, so want to impose there thoughts and beliefs on others. That is a load of crap. How about i push my beliefs on them and there families.? Wouldn’t be right would it. If you don’t like guns, then don’t buy any.

  • Don miller

    Not only that what about the rash of cops shooting people’s dogs some people out there value their dogs as family members just the same as the police who look at their dogs as police officers the difference is? None their not held accountable for murdering those people’s family member in every instance I’ve seen the dog didn’t attack or seem to act aggressive so why did the police shoot them I think their doing this to see how we the people will respond when they actually start shooting us well they have their answer cause no one out there defended their self or their family member if we were to act like this with one of their dogs we would be held forurder or assault of a police officer isn’t the law for
    All or just us peasants and subjects come to my place and shoot my dog for no reason they would be met with the same force we the people don’t want a firefight with the law or military but come on fellas don’t any of you cops out there that have some decency and integrity left see this as abuse of power and authority right is right and wrong is still wrong no matter what kind of political spin you want to put on it your gonna cone across the wrong person one day soon and it will be you who sparks this civil war in this country that doesn’t need much to get started so come on people unite and stop the nonsense in this country before all of us are either killed by our own elected officials or enslaved by them

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  • TOB

    Words change everything and using criminals as victims shows how far these LIARS are going to FORCE THEIR AGENDA ON A FOOLISH BUT TRUSTING PUBLIC. Do not believe ANYTHING these agenda mongers tell without verifying. LIARS assume no one will research what they are spewing

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