A preliminary analysis of the list of shooting “victims” Mayors Against Illegal Guns is reading at rallies for new gun control laws finds that 1 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.
In Concord, N.H., 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.”
- Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who went on a killing spree before finally dying in a fire after a gunfight with police.
- Kevin Bailey, killed in a shootout after opening fire on police.
- Kurt Myers, a quadruple-murder suspect killed by police after he fired on them.
MAIG claims it plans to scrub the list, but said the focus shouldn’t be on the circumstances of the shootings, but the numbers–thus confirming the group’s reputation as Leftist Liberal Liars.