A group holding an anti-gun rally in New Hampshire might have made a slight miscalculation with one of its tactics. During the event, people supporting the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement were reading the names of those "killed with guns" since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. One of the names that they read was that of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The crowd, which also included gun rights supporters, reacted with shouts of “he’s a terrorist,” according to Guns.com.
The rally also included some other clashes between the two groups. Witnesses said a man approached and shouted at John Cantin who was at the rally because his daughter was shot and killed in 2009 by her husband. When the man was asked to move by police, he placed his hand on an officer and was subsequently tasered and arrested. The man was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of simple assault.
Cantin was able to take the altercation in stride.
"They just weakened their cause and strengthened ours," he said. Many people, including Cantin, were at the rally because of a recent vote by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the Manchin-Toomey bill.
"Senator Ayotte voted for an amendment that would not increase gun safety," Cantin said.
Ayotte's spokesman, Jeff Grappone, said anti-gun groups have been going out of their way to attack his boss.
"New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's special interest group has spent millions on false attacks against Senator Ayotte," he said. "Senator Ayotte has voted for legislation that had bipartisan support to fix the current broken background check system, increase the prosecution of those who illegally seek to obtain firearms and provide additional resources for school safety, while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”