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December 14, 2013

Anti-violence group wraps up work on new study

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On Friday afternoon, news media reported a shooting that injured two people at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo.

Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, who was grazed in a 1990 shooting, plans on Saturday to join Congressman John Tierney and others, including Rep. David Linsky, who has proposed a package of new gun laws, for a gathering on Boston Common followed by a remembrance of Newtown at the First Church Boston.

Rosenthal, who testified before the task force, said legislation should include “the ability for the secretary of public safety to include copycat assault weapons like the Bushmaster AR-15 used at Sandy Hook to the list of banned weapons.”

Rosenthal said the Colt AR-15 was among the 19 guns banned by name not function in 2004, and he said he agrees with the effort to make private gun sales take place at gun stores. Rosenthal said private gun dealers can sell up to four guns per year from their private collection to people with licenses.

“Over 32,000 more Americans have died from gun violence since the Sandy Hook massacre; that includes eight kids every day; the equivalent of a Sandy Hook massacre every three days. Congress has done nothing except take more money from the gun industry,” said Rosenthal. “Urban industrial Massachusetts has the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation and the lowest firearm fatality rate per 100,000 population, except for Hawaii. We are a model for the nation. Our Legislature should continue that trend by making it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to buy guns. I’m gun owner. There must be background checks for all private gun sales. We must include adjudicated mentally ill health records in the gun database.”

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