Whether you believe that the 2nd Amendment provides an individual right to gun ownership or not, there’s no denying that guns today are not the guns of the Revolutionary War era. Innovations have made them more powerful and more deadly than ever. And as accessibility to these weapons goes up, so do the acts of violence and the tragedies.
Some statistics to consider:
- Almost as many people die in America as a result of gun related homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings every 7 weeks, as died in the Iraq war in its first 7 years. *
- In 2010, guns were used in 11,078 homicides, an average of 31 deaths per day. *
- Since 1982, there have been at least 70 mass shootings across the country, and 49% of the weapons used in these shootings were obtained legally. Read More
Thomas Jefferson once said; “…as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
It’s true that our laws can only be effective if they address the needs and the circumstances of today. Yet, The National Rifle Association, with their assertion that the 2nd Amendment is relevant and untouchable, is keeping our legislators from instituting responsible gun control measures.
Fortunately in Massachusetts, all of the democratic candidates for governor recognize the need for broader gun control laws, as well as initiatives to address the root causes of violence. Where they differ; Martha is the only candidate who opposes the “one gun a month” law. This stance has resulted in attacks from Steve Grossman directly and from the Super Pac supporting him.
* Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence: http://smartgunlaws.org/
- Preventing Gun Violence – from Don’s Issues Page
- Public Safety and Gun Control – from Martha’s Issues Page
- Steve Grossman Op-Ed on Guns – published in Dorchester Reporter