A man who recorded record lows in Massachusetts gun deaths says the limits are working
The state has the lowest gun mortality rate in the United States, and John Rosenthal said in a 2013 panel discussion in Boston that mass shootings would not stop without actual national action. , Even though many Americans remained trapped in their homes under a pandemic, 19,380 people died in mass shootings-more than any other year. This year is no exception. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 158 mass shootings in which four or more people were shot dead at least once a day. No one knows the numbers as well as John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, a Boston-based nonprofit organization. He discussed the matter with the president, governor, judge of the Supreme Court, and even the former chief of Smith & Wesson. The state has the lowest US gun mortality rate, largely due to his efforts. It all started in 1994, when Rosenthal owned a parking lot next to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Negotiating the price of the sign above the garage, he realized the value of the place beyond the Massachusetts Turnpike and 250,000 drivers a day. “I wondered,’Well, could I put a message here to help change bad public policy?'” A friend told him that 15 children under the age of 19 died from guns every day. It was. The figure was on the signboard. The numbers have changed as the board has gained attention. Bill Clinton rerouted his convoy to pass it. The president met Rosenthal through former governor Bill Weld. For over 27 years, Stop Handgun Violence has paved the way for passing gun violence prevention bills in four states. The three are under the Governor of the Republican Party. “In Massachusetts, gun mortality has decreased by 40% and suicide has decreased,” Rosenthal said. About two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. In Massachusetts, license, registration, and background checks have created a waiting period that makes it difficult to buy a gun, giving you time to think. “You can’t legally buy a gun impulsively in Massachusetts,” Rosenthal says. Fenway Park sign. Photo: The groundbreaking Massachusetts Gun Control Act of 1998, signed by Republican Governor Paul Cellucci of John Rosenthal, required all gun owners to have renewable licenses and registrations, and 1994 Federal Attack Weapons. Adopted a ban standard (sponsored by Joe Biden, then Senator), had to implement the first consumer protection standards for firearms and obtain a license from the dealer. Another Republican, Mitt Romney, signed the second major gun law in 2004, permanently banning federal assault weapons and outlawing 19 specific guns. Democratic Deval Patrick oversaw a 2014 law requiring various data to be submitted to the National Instant Background Check System, including convictions for domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse records. Massachusetts has also acquired a web portal for immediate background checks on all personal sales and expanded police discretion to issue rifle and longgun licenses. The law required that all guns recovered in a crime be tracked and recorded in a central database. The policeman died in Boulder. He was indignant. He had to reload. That’s when you die In 2017 and 2018 another Republican Charlie Baker signed the first US ban on bumpstock-a device that makes guns semi-automatic-and extreme risk protection legislation with family and law enforcement Allows agencies to remove guns They believe that individuals may use them for harm. Nonetheless, Massachusetts “manufactures more guns than any other state in Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, and other small businesses. We are mass-destructive weapons, primarily We sell the AR-15, which cannot be sold in the state due to the ban on offensive weapons, [are] It is causing great confusion all over the country. In the late 90’s, Rosenthal contacted Smith & Wesson’s CEO Ed Schultz, hoping to create a child-safe gun similar to the model he built over 90 years ago. “I told him,” You have put a safety feature on your gun, but 17% of police officers are killed on duty or with their own weapons because the bad guys grab the gun. Would you like to make a child-safe or personalized gun right now? ”According to Rosenthal, Schultz said: But the moment we do it, we will be accused of not doing it yesterday. You get me tort reform, I get you personalized gun technology. Together, they pursued pistol locks and techniques that would allow only gun owners to fire it. The National Rifle Association boycotted the company. Leadership has changed. Smith & Wesson has started manufacturing the AR-15. In the 2002 photo, Rosenthal hears from then-Boston Police Department Secretary Paul Evans. Photo: Angela Rowlings / AP “Their AR-15 was later used in Aurora, Las Vegas, and countless other places. [mass shootings]”Rosenthal says. Smith & Wesson currently manufactures the most popular rifles in the country. The “unregulated” key point was 2008, a groundbreaking proceeding in the Supreme Court, the District of Columbia vs. Heller. In a 5-4 decision by Antonin Scalia, the court found the Washington, DC pistol ban unconstitutional, and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was for self-defense, regardless of the formation of militias. We have decided to protect the right to hold the weapon. Rosenthal argues that all decisions before Heller announced the second amendment gave the militia, now a National Guard, the right to arm. “It’s not an individual right. Heller changed it, but he was able to have the same gun he had in 1776. It’s not the current AR-15 assault rifle. Also unprotected, Scalia said the same. He said you could impose reasonable restrictions on the gun. “According to Rosenthal, the NRA spun Scalia’s words and individually. Said that the ownership of the gun was completely protected. Rosenthal said he met plaintiff Richard Heller at a 2013 debate after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut, killing 20 toddlers and 6 adults. They talked about children who could only be identified by clothes because they were shot more than 10 times. Rosenthal states that Heller said: [would still] alive. “” The bullet leaves a hole. Photo: Jon Rosenthal. That same year, the NRA opposed the ban on assault weapons defeated in the Senate, with several Democrats voting against it. Rosenthal said Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wept and called him, saying she and others had “failed” Sandy Hook’s family. “If you don’t put a red dot on the barrel of a toy, the toy gun industry could be sued,” Rosenthal said. “If the stuffing is flammable, the teddy bear company could be sued. But what’s the real gun that kills 40,000 people a year, 150,000 injured a year, and eight children every day? No. ”Bayden recently signed a series of proceedings after 10 people died in Boulder, Colorado and 8 people died in Atlanta. Eight more people died in Indianapolis earlier this month. Rosenthal said the shootings would not stop without actual national action. “Parliament allows 30-100 magazines before reloading without background checks in 32 states,” he says. “That’s why the cop died in Boulder. He was indignant. He had to reload. That’s when you die.” House passed two gun control bills. The 2021 bipartisan background check mandates all commercial sales and legal identification to close loopholes that allow sales if the background check is not completed within three days. Rosenthal wants more. This week he introduced a new state law to ban the production of assault weapons in Massachusetts.