New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell Speaks Out On Illegal Guns

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Mayor Jon Mitchell testified today on behalf of the group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), in favor of measures that will help curb the threat posed by illegal firearms.

The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, chaired by House Chairman Harold Naughton and Senate Chairman James Timilty, is holding the first in a series of public hearings throughout the Commonwealth. Today’s hearing was held at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.

Mayor Mitchell encouraged state lawmakers to build on the Commonwealth’s status as a leader in common sense gun safety legislation while MAIG continues to focus its efforts at the federal level and demand Congress address the gun violence epidemic.

“My prior experience as a federal prosecutor has had a deep and lasting influence on my views on illegal guns. Having spent nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, I am acutely aware of the threat to public safety posed by illegal guns. And I am very familiar with the risks that our men and women in law enforcement take every day to protect innocent civilians from gun violence,” said Mitchell.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino applauded Mitchell’s testimony, “I’m grateful to Mayor Mitchell for speaking today on behalf of our coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and encouraging the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to act on legislation that will strengthen our state’s gun laws.”

Menino added, “Massachusetts must continue to lead the way on sensible reforms as we work together to make our neighborhoods safer.”

MAIG’s top federal legislative priorities includes: (1) fixing the broken background check system and requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale; (2) banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and (3) creating a federal gun trafficking statute with real penalties for those who traffic illegal guns into our cities.”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 1,000 mayors from big cities and small towns across the nation, co-chaired by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, dedicated to making America’s communities safer by cracking down on illegal guns. In Massachusetts, 30 mayors are members of MAIG.

MAIG has amassed more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The group believes that support for the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.

Hitting Home Documentary to air on WBZ-TV

 

The Office of United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz has partnered with Stop Handgun Violence, Inc. to produce the 30-minute television documentary “Hitting Home.”  The program will air on WBZ-TV on June 23 at 2:00 pm as well as on myTV38 (WSBK) on June 26 at 10:30 pm.

The objective of “Hitting Home” is to raise awareness about the impact of gun and gang violence on residents in the areas where these problems are most prevalent.  Further, the program has a mission to encourage people to become engaged with local anti-violence community programs.

“Hitting Home” focuses on the cities of Boston and Springfield, providing a forum for people who have been impacted by gun and gang violence in those cities to communicate to a wide audience what it’s really like to live with these issues day to day.  The documentary further describes several effective grass-roots community groups making inroads of positive change in their neighborhoods.

“While the components of our mission include enforcing the law and providing leadership to prevent crime, it’s important for people to realize that we need them to be a part of the solution and work together with us and local law enforcement to improve the quality of life in our cities,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

The documentary was developed as the result of teamwork between CBS’s Community Partnerships division and the U.S. Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, together with its media partner, Stop Handgun Violence.  Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.

“A Girl And A Gun” Documentary at Coolidge Corner

A Girl and A Gun is a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining documentary which serves as an excellent discussion starter on the topic of female gun culture in the US.
It lays bare the popular perception of women and guns in this country versus the reality of actual female gun owners.
It is screening at the Coolidge Corner theater on July 3rd at 7PM followed by a Q&A with the film’s Director in person.
For tickets and more information go to: http://www.coolidge.org/content/girl-and-gun

 

“Let’s Talk About Guns” Sherborn Community Center

Are you concerned about guns?

Let’s get together and learn the facts

The public is invited on Tuesday, June 11th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Sherborn Community Center 2 Sanger St Sherborn, MA 01770

Join with:

  • Reverend Nathan Detering (Minister UUAC Sherborn)
  • Reverend Nathan Detering (Minister UUAC Sherborn)
  • Sherborn Police Chief Richard Thompson
  • Dover Police Chief Peter McGowan
  • Representative David Linsky
  • Representative Denise Garlick
  • Dr. Michael Hirsh, Acting Public Health Commissioner, Worcester

In a Public Discussion

“Let’s Talk About Guns”

The topic of gun control, gun rights, and gun violence has been an especially important, if sometimes polarizing, issue in our country this year. Though the topic is often in the news, there are precious few opportunities to engage with our elected leaders, law enforcement professionals, and public health experts to hear their perspective. This event is open to the public and is being organized by Rev. Nathan Detering, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, with support from the Dover-Sherborn Clergy Association.

All our invited to join us for a conversation about gun violence and public safety.

Click here to download Let’s Talk About Guns – Flyer

 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Endorses Rep. Ed Markey

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America announced today that it will endorse Rep. Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts. Moms Demand Action – a national nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that educates, motivates, and mobilizes moms and families to take action for stronger gun laws and policies that save lives – believes Rep. Markey is the best candidate to help address gun violence, which kills or injures an American child or teen every 30 minutes.
“Moms Demand Action supports legislators who understand that new and stronger gun laws are the number one priority for American moms, and that the safety of our children and families depends on how they’ll vote on gun issues after they’re elected,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Rep. Markey’s record and values demonstrate that he would vote in our children’s best interests, not for special interests.”
Rep. Markey is a committed supporter of stronger gun regulation. He was a co-sponsor of the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act in the 111th, 112th and 113th Congresses. He co-sponsored of the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act in both the 112th and 113th Congresses. And he is currently a co-sponsor of Rep. John Tierney’s Personalized Handgun Safety Act, which would require “personalized handguns” to prevent children and other unauthorized users from firing said weapons. Rep. Markey also co-sponsored and supported the original Assault Weapons Ban, and worked to reinstate the ban after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
“Rep. Markey has a proven track-record as a champion of gun-safety legislation in Congress,” said Dawn Tringas, a chapter leader for the Greater Boston Area Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Rep. Markey has made gun reform legislation a priority, and he has demonstrated his dedication to keeping the families of Massachusetts, and all of America, safe from preventable gun violence. As Massachusetts moms, we commend Rep. Markey’s commitment to the safety of our children and families and we support his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just five months, the organization has more than 100,000 members with more than 90 local chapters in 40 states across the country.