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Polito's Take: Mayors sorry for bomber tribute

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CONCORD, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A gun control group is apologizing for calling one of the Boston Marathon bombers, who was killed by Watertown police officers, a victim of gun violence.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name was included in a list of 6,000 gun violence victims that was read at a Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally held in front of the New Hampshire State House Tuesday.

The rally was part of a national bus tour the group sponsors called "No More Names."

At each stop, there are speeches and the names of people who died in gun violence are read aloud.

According to published reports, when Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name was read pro-Second Amendment protesters, who were disruptive at the rally, began shouting "terrorist."

A source told FOX 25 the group pulled the list from an Excel spreadsheet on Slate.com. Slate.com had compiled the names of every person who died from a gunshot after the Newtown, Conn. elementary school massacre.

According to the criteria, Tamerlan Tsarnaev makes the cut.

In a statement from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a spokesperson confirmed that they did use a list compiled by Slate.com, but added, "He [Tamerlan] 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."

Mayors Against Illegal Guns was in New Hampshire Tuesday to put pressure on Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to support gun control legislation.

Police had to use a stun gun on one pro-gun activist who placed his hands on the shoulders of a police officer. The activist was also arrested.

The group was organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Boston Mayor Tom Menino is a leader in the organization.

Menino's office did not wish to comment on the incident.

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