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Braintree's Sullivan Among Mayors Rallying 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.

Among the delegates was Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who called for increased mental health protections and said that high-capacity weapons are meant only for the military.

“Earlier this week, I asked the City of Boston to stand with us on guns and say enough is enough,” Menino said 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 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 today’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.

LCT January 31, 2013 at 09:51 PM
"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." I would like Mayor Sullivan to describe his definition of a military-style weapon & high-capacity ammunition magazines. I'd like to remind Mayor Sullivan that licensed, legal gun owners in MA already pass a rigorous background check when obtaining a license. Does he want to expand the existing check also? If so, how & what would that background check include? Can Braintree Patch ask the mayor the above questions & post the answers here? I'd also like to know if Mayor Sullivan has visited Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club, talked to members, etc. regarding these new proposed changed/additions. Braintree has, arguably, one of the best shooting clubs in all of MA. I cannot recall any incidents at the Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club nor with any of their members who reside in Braintree.
Joe January 31, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Memino, Sulivan and Koch, three dopes that would not last three minutes in the real world. Thank God for dumb voters they all say!
Matt February 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
LCT Can you tell me what a gun with high- capacity ammunition would be used for? Do you own one? And if yes then what do you use it for?
LCT February 02, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Matt, I'm not 100% sure what actually constitutes "high-capacity", which is one reason I asked if the Mayor could comment on his idea of what it means. Evidently, in NY State it now means over 7 rounds based on recently legislation passed there. Seven rounds is unacceptable to many, many gun owners. I do not own what I'd call "high-capacity" as my weapon holds only 10 rounds. I have see shooters using large capacity weapons for competition shooting & other similar sporting events. Perhaps another poster could address that question for you as my experience is limited to what I personally own. Part of the push back by legal gun owners to proposed changes is that descriptions thrown around (high-capacity, military-style, enhanced backgrounds checks, semi-automatic) are these terms are not defined; thus they can mean different things to different people. To obtain a license in MA one is fingerprinted & these are forwarded to the State Police for criminal background check. Does "enhanced background" check mean every time I make a purchase I have to be rechecked? Will an "enhanced" check now include medical info, prescriptions I might take, include other members living in my house? I'm sure, Matt, you can see why some of us would like specific answers to specific questions before some kind of legislation is rushed through without careful thought to subsequent unintended consequences.
dan March 31, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Matt most people coming out for more restrictive weapon's control have not serve in the military, have little to no basis or knowledge of weapons, etc. and are reacting to the gruesome events of mentally ill people. The left, lame stream media feeds all the bad news but fails to show the overwhelming amount of times weapons have saved innocent lives. It is a debate that is mainly emotionally driven and to heck with rational and logical discussions. A pretty common occurrence in our country today.

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