Bloomberg group sorry for reading Boston bomber's name
June 19th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Bloomberg group sorry for reading Boston bomber's name

(CNN) – The group pushing for tighter restrictions on guns that's partly funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized Wednesday after accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name was read at an event memorializing gun victims.

Noting they were using a list compiled by Slate.com of people killed by guns since December's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mayors Against Illegal Guns said in a statement Tsarnaev "was absolutely not a victim, his name should have been deleted before the list was provided to a family member for reading and his name should never have been read. It was a mistake, it should not have happened and we sincerely apologize."

The reading of names, which occurred in Concord, New Hampshire, was meant to show "the very real and personal cost of gun violence, and to help prevent more names from being added to a list that tragically grows longer each day," the group said.

Tsarnaev, along with brother Dzhokar, is suspected of planting bombs at the finish line of April's Boston Marathon. The attack left three people dead and wounded scores more. After a city-wide manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police, while Dzhokar was captured and currently awaits trial.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has actively campaigned for new gun control measures in the months since the December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. They've specifically gone after senators who voted against a bipartisan measure expanding background checks on gun sales, including New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte.

The event in Concord Tuesday was part of the group's "No More Names" bus tour marking the 6 month anniversary of the school shooting. After the New Hampshire Union Leader first reported the accused Boston bomber's name was read at the event, Republicans in the state quickly decried the pro-gun control group.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a murderous terrorist and a cold-blooded killer," said Jennifer Horn, the chairwoman of the New Hampshire GOP. "It is outrageous that Mayor Bloomberg's gun control group is so radical and out of touch with New Hampshire values that it believes this monster should be labeled as some kind of victim."

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    R.I.P. Michael Hastings. (A Real Journalist)

    June 19, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. California

    Bloomberg is a lunatic. His policies show that.

    June 19, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Oh, okay, so this means that background checks are wrong.

    June 19, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Namejustme

    There has been no trial to say the brothers are guilty. Just a bunch of people trying to play God.

    June 19, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That simply demonstrates they are NOT paying attention to what they are doing........and no one should be agreeing to follow their lead, whatsoever.

    June 19, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein

    There was an example of someone not fully paying attention.

    @California - Bloomberg recognizes that there are people who are too stupid to recogize the best thing for them no matter who tells them.

    June 19, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |