6/21 UPDATE: Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Bloomberg’s group, it does. Reports The Washington Examiner:
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.
6/20 UPDATE: It gets much, much worse. BuzzFeed reports not only was the Boston bomber on the list but a number of murder suspects as well.
But the list from which the activists were reading — which was compiled by Slate and includes more than 6,000 names — contained at least 10 murder suspects, including the alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner, who was the subject of a massive, high-profile manhunt in February, and apparently killed himself in a cabin after a gun fight with police…
Also among the gun violence “victims” listed by the demonstrators:
Rick Odell Smith, who was killed in a shootout with police in Manchester, Illinois after he allegedly broke into an apartment and shot six people with a shotgun.
Kurt Myers, who was killed by police in Herkimer, New York after firing on them, and allegedly killing four people a day earlier. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo commended the police who took Myers down for “ending this horrific spree of violence and bloodshed.”
James L. Gilkerson, who was killed after opening fire on police officers in Middlefield, Ohio. After further investigation, law enforcement officials began referring to Gilkerson as a “terrorist” and said they believed he was planning a large-scale attack.
Jeremy Peter Goulet, who was killed by police in Santa Cruz, California after allegedly murdering two police detectives.
Anthony James Galla, who was killed in a shootout with police in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania at the end of a manhunt that was prompted by his suspected involvement in another shooting.
Esteban J. Smith, a former Marine who allegedly stabbed and killed his wife before going on a “shooting rampage,” and was killed in a shootout with police in Elden, Texas.
Emmanuel Gatewood and Kourtney Hahn, murder suspects who were killed together in a shootout with police in Columbus, Ohio.
Mayor Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), believes gun deaths of all kinds mean we need more gun control. Apparently, that even means dead terrorists shot by police when trying to escape.
Reports The National Review:
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older Boston Marathon bomber who was killed in a gunfight with police, was mentioned in a list of gun-violence victims who’ve died since the Newtown shooting at a Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally yesterday.
The rally, which is part of the group’s 25-state bus tour, was held in New Hampshire to protest Senator Kelly Ayotte’s vote against the Toomey-Manchin gun-control bill.
Stay classy, gun control supporters.