Mayor Michael Bloomberg's organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns organized an event in Concord, New Hampshire, yesterday, during which the names of victims of gun violence since Newtown were read for several hours. Included among those names: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect killed during a shoot-out with police. But the group suggests it's not their fault. Tsarnaev's name came from a list posted at Slate.com, as Bloomberg's group told The Atlantic Wire on Wednesday afternoon.
The bizarre incident occurred during a stop on Mayors Against Illegal Guns' 25-state "No More Names" bus tour. The tour, meant to call attention to the number of people killed by guns over the six months since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, stopped at the state capitol and several readers began listing the more than 6,000 victims.
Tim Buckland, a reporter from the New Hampshire Union Leader who was at the rally, mentioned the inclusion of Tsarnaev in a report about a scuffle between police and a protestor.
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.
That detail was spotted by the conservative commentator and MSNBC host S. E. Cupp, who tweeted about it. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has been outspoken in its efforts to get new legislation curtailing gun ownership passed, is a popular target of opposition among conservatives. So it was unsurprising when other conservative blogs quickly picked it up. (Update, 4:47 p.m.: A political opponent of Bloomberg's got in on the action, too.)