The pushback against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Group is still well underway, with the National Rifle Association unleashing a devastating web video against the anti-gun group.
“What has New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg done this week?” asks a text scroll kicking off the new video. “His group honored the Boston bomber.”
The reference is to the revelation that Mayors Against Illegal Guns included Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in readings of a list citing so-called “gun violence victims.”
News that the group had honored a terrorist made national headlines, forcing an apology within hours. The flurry of criticism wasn’t deterred though, with dozens of outlets blasting the critical error.
“Your credibility is gone,” said one news anchor quoted in the NRA video.
It didn’t stop there, though. Subsequent stories broke showing that the list also included alleged criminals and killers gunned down in shootouts with law enforcement, sparking additional furor directed at the group.
Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau denounced the group’s tactics and has since abandoned ship, and an open letter to Bloomberg was released yesterday, calling MAIG’s citing of criminals as victims “deeply shameful.”
As for the NRA’s video, it further blasts the embattled mayor and his group with clips from news coverage of Tsarneav’s inclusion in a list of “victims,” culminating with the statement “Radically Wrong. Again.”
The full video can be viewed below: