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Nashua mayor pulls name from controversial gun control group that identified criminals as victims of gun violence

NASHUA – If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his national group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, want to pick a fight with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau wants no part of it.

Lozeau, a Republican, was a member of the mayors’ group but said she removed her name from the group of more than 900 mayors in early May when she learned of ads targeting Ayotte, also a Republican. ...

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NASHUA – If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his national group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, want to pick a fight with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau wants no part of it.

Lozeau, a Republican, was a member of the mayors’ group but said she removed her name from the group of more than 900 mayors in early May when she learned of ads targeting Ayotte, also a Republican.

Lozeau, when reached for comment by The Telegraph, requested to only respond to questions in a written statement.

“I simply cannot be part of an organization that chooses this course of action instead of cooperatively working with those that have proven over a lifetime of work their true intentions,” Lozeau said in her statement. “I have faith that Senator Ayotte will continue to work toward finding a responsible solution relative to these issues.”

Chairman of the state Republican Party Jennifer Horn said her group acknowledged and appreciated Lozeau for stepping down from the group.

“We applaud her,” Horn said. “Over the last couple of weeks, this group has clearly shown they are an extreme radical organization, willing to say anything in order to push their own extreme agenda. We would call on all members to rescind their membership, and we applaud those who have.”

The group has spent nearly $1 million in attack ads against Ayotte, because of her vote against expanded background checks before firearm purchases at gun shows and private sales.

Last week, the mayors group brought its bus tour to Concord where about 50 people turned out to show support for proposals to curb gun violence and also to target Ayotte.

However, there were just as many gun rights advocates present to counter protest.

The event got ugly, and at least one man was arrested, while others, including Riley’s Gun Shop owner Ralph Demicco shouted profanities at police.

As speakers addressed the crowd about gun violence, gun advocates shouted “Ayotte, Ayotte, Ayotte.” One even used a bull horn to shout Ayotte’s name.

When the names of victims of gun violence were read aloud, one man broke into a circle of people and shouted, “Wow, what a point you are making. Names on a list.”

One of those names, was that of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the accused Boston Marathon bombers who was gunned down by police.

Horn recently decried the group for identifying “murderers and thugs” as victims of gun violence.

A spokesmen for Mayors Against Illegal Guns could not be reached before deadline, but a statement released by the group said it was a mistake that those names were included in their reading. The group used a list they pulled offline from Slate.com, the statement said.

Lozeau said in her written statement she still is committed to standing against illegal gun use, just not with this organization.

“I can’t imagine there is any mayor in the United States who is not against illegal guns,” she wrote. “There is no question that I and Nashua’s law enforcement community are interested in keeping firearms from those not legally entitled to bear them.”

Now that Lozeau asked her name be no longer affiliated with the organization, that leaves only one New Hampshire mayor to still be connected – Mayor Dean Trefethen, of Dover.

The New Hampshire Republican Party has called on him to resign from the group.

Samantha Allen can be reached at 594-6426 or sallen@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Allen on Twitter (@Telegraph_SamA).

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The article has been changed to reflect this correction: Lozeau is a Republican. The article originally had her party wrong.