Menino Hosts Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since the Newtown school tragedy, 14 Massachusetts mayors have joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.


Boston Mayor Thomas Menino hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition today as they continued their push on Congress to enact national legislation that will decrease gun violence.

“Earlier this week, I asked the City of Boston to stand with us on guns and say enough is enough,” said Menino at the Parkman House on Beacon Street. “As Mayors, we have a responsibility to our residents to do all we can to make our neighborhoods safer. Today, we’re calling on every community in Massachusetts to stand with us. We must keep the pressure on Congress to take swift action.”

Menino praised the Massachusetts federal delegation for signing onto the Fix Guns Check Act, which would require background checks for every gun sale in America. 

Since the Newtown school shooting tragedy, 14 more Massachusetts mayors have joined the coalition, totaling 26 mayors from the Commonwealth as part of the more than 850 mayors nationally.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, chair of the Metro Mayors Coalition, recounted recent shootings in Arizona, Aurora (Colorado), and Alabama. "Shootings in schools, shootings of bystanders, are all too common. Our goal is completely eliminate these tragedies." Curtatone said 84% of Americans support stronger gun laws. 

"We support the 2nd Amendment and the right to own a gun," added Curtatone echoing similar statements from other mayors onhand.

A letter (attached) sent on Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee stated the coalition’s support for its three goals: requiring every gun buyer to pass a background check; getting military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets; and making gun trafficking a federal crime. 

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, president of the Mass Mayors Association, said high-capacity gun magazines should only be in war zones. "We support the right to bear arms, just do it the right way." Sullivan was also wearing a blue and yellow wristband that said "Newtown" and "We R One". Sullivan added that mental health facilities also need support to help address mental health issues that lead to violence.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson said he wants the Attorney General's wiretap law expanded to give investigative bodies more tools to fight crime. "What has been proven to me... We need help... Law enforcement officials need help."

Mayors in attendance at Thursday's event included: Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan of Braintree, President, Mass Mayors Association, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville, Chair, Metro Mayors Coalition, Mayor William F. Scanlon of Beverly, Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. of Everett, Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg, Mayor Patrick Ó. Murphy of Lowell, Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn of Medford, Mayor Robert J. Dolan of Melrose, Mayor Jonathan Mitchell of New Bedford, Mayor Setti Warren of Newton, Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy, Mayor Daniel Rizzo of Revere, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem, Mayor Scott D. Galvin of Woburn.

The mayors also taped a public service announcement, to be aired statewide.

Jamaica Plain faced a gun-related incident recently when Curley School student Gabriel Clarke was shot in Roxbury Jan. 11.

William Dawes February 01, 2013 at 01:04 PM
In yet another huge blow to the rhetoric and narrative of the Obama administration and its desire to disarm the American public, a DHS bid has been uncovered (see documents below) showing that the Department of Homeland Security recently put out an offer to purchase 7,000 full-auto "assault weapons" to be used domestically, inside the USA. Keep in mind that President Obama is on the record saying, "AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals; that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities." But it seems he really means they don't belong on the streets of our cities unless they are in the hands of homeland security enforcers, in which case they can be FULL-AUTO assault weapons. In the hands of the government, they're called "Personal Defense Weapons" The juiciest part of this bid is the use of the phrase "Personal Defense Weapons" to describe the full-auto AR-15s being purchased by DHS. Apparently, when YOU hold an AR-15, it's an "assault rifle." But magically, if you hand that same rifle to an armed government homeland security enforcer, it instantly transforms itself into a "personal defense weapon." The request for bid actually says: DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and / or when maximum concealment is required.
Matt February 01, 2013 at 02:22 PM
This country has a Mental Health issue not a gun issue. A gun in the hands of a mentally sound owner is no more dangerous than a JP feminist.
William Dawes February 01, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Pro-Second Amendment organizations that will fight for your rights are: 1. Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. http://www.goal.org/ 2. National Association for Gun Rights http://www.nationalgunrights.org/ 3. Gun Owners of America http://gunowners.org/ 4. Oathkeepers http://oathkeepers.org/oath/


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