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.


Congressman Ed Markey and Stop Handgun Violence Demand ATF Plan for Printed Plastic Guns

Markey Demands ATF Plan for Printed Plastic Guns
New technology allows 3D printing of guns capable of evading metal detectors; Gun safety advocates join Cong. Markey in raising questions
WASHINGTON (May 8, 2013) – Following the creation and successful testing of a plastic gun created with a 3D printer, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives how the agency intends to deal with the emerging technology and the threat it poses to public safety. A Texas gun maker used a 3D printer to manufacture the plastic firearm, whose only metal components were a nail firing pin and a metal shank necessary to ensure compliance with federal law. The blueprints for this new weapon are publically available on the Internet.
In his letter to ATF, which is available HERE, Cong. Markey raises concerns that individuals could use the blueprints made available by the company Defense Distributed to manufacture guns in their home that will not adhere to current regulations for firearms. By omitting elements like a metal shank, these weapons could pass undetected through metal detectors and x-ray machines at airports, secure buildings, and schools.
“We just saw with the Boston bombings how homemade devices can wreak incredible havoc. These homemade, stealth firearms could pose new threats to law enforcement, American citizens, and children across our country,” said Cong. Markey. “ATF needs to take a hard look at this emerging technology, and whether distributing the schematics to print these firearms is a blueprint for another tragedy.”
Cong. Markey’s concerns were echoed today by leading gun safety advocates.
“It’s critical that law enforcement anticipate the rapid changes in firearm technology and plan ahead in order to protect public safety. Other than terrorists and criminals, it serves no one’s interest to allow unrestricted access to this undetectable plastic gun technology without regulation,” said John Rosenthal, the founder of Stop Handgun Violence and a gun owner himself.

“We can’t allow technology to outpace public safety. We need to ensure that federal agencies charged with enforcing our nation’s gun laws are prepared for new technology that could put guns in the hands of criminals and terrorists.  Representative Markey is to be commended for leading on this emerging issue,” said Kristen Rand, Legislative Director for the Violence Policy Center.

League of Women Voters hosts gun violence forum

The Sharon-Stoughton branch of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters hosted a community forum on gun violence, featuring John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence. The 30 attendees had a lively discussion, agreeing that handgun violence is an increasing problem, and offering differing solutions. Rosenthal commended Massachusetts for laws  that include required training and licensing, manufacturers required to build in safety features if they want to sell in Massachusetts, and safe storage requirements.

Read more about the community forum on wicked local.