Senator Warren and Mayor Menino Discuss Gun Violence Prevention

Warren is sponsoring three bills that would support gun control reform, a gun buyer background check, and making gun trafficking a federal crime.


Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed gun violence prevention on Friday, championing reforms including a criminal background check on anyone buying a gun in the country.

"Now is the time to turn words into actions, to line up supporters and to mobilize all Americans behind common sense gun reform," Menino said after walking to the podium with a cane at the Parkman House.

Menino joked with Warren, calling her the "senior" senator of Massachusetts, then turned serious about three major points key to gun violence prevention:

  1. A ban on assault weapons – "There is no need for assault weapons with high (capacity) magazines," he said.
  2. Fixing the background check system. "6.6 million guns were sold without background checks last year. Sold at gunshows, private sellers, ads, and on the internet. We must close this loophole and keep guns out of dangerous hands," he said.
  3. Making gun trafficking a federal crime. 

Warren said she's sponsored three bills being unveiled next week that support those three points. Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, is filing the Fix Gun Checks Act to close the gap in current laws by requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale. This would include gun shows, internet, and unlicensed private sellers. 

The second bill is being filed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, to make gun trafficking a federal crime. The third bill is being filed by Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, for a national assault weapons ban.

"We lost more than 6,000 children to gun violence in the last two years. That’s an average of eight children a day," Warren said. "If eight children a day were dying from a mysterious illness, as a country we would use all our resources to fix it to find the root cause of the virus and to reduce its impact."

Warren said she learned to shoot when in grade school with her family.

"Responsible gun ownership has a place in this country. No one needs a Rambo-style high capacity magazine to protect a family or hunt game," she said. 

State Rep. David Paul Linsky, D-Natick, was also on hand but did not speak. Menino and Warren acknowledged him because of his idea to mandate gun insurance for gun owners. Menino called it a creative approach, adding that cups of coffee have warning labels for being hot, but guns don't have warning labels.

Neil January 25, 2013 at 07:45 AM
This is really shocking: 1221 people have died of gun violence since the Newtown massacre on Dec 14. On gun appreciation day alone, 26 people died of gun violence. The Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which was the weapon of choice in Newtown CT, Aurora CO and last weekend in Albuquerque NM, is a modified M-16 which US infantry carry. The weapon is designed to kill. The factors that make it more lethal are muzzle velocity and that the bullets 'tumble' when they hit their target. This causes maximum damage. One of the parents of a 1st grader in Newtown wanted President Obama to see the injuries the weapon caused to their son. He had shot many times in many places and his little body was shredded. The question is not whether these weapons are needed. The question is whether the risks posed by them, to their owners and others, are too great to accept. Adam Lanza took his mothers Bushmaster and shot her four times in the face before he killed 26 people in 10 minutes at Sandy Hook Elementary. The 15 year old boy in Albuquerque also took the Bushmaster from his fathers closet while his mother slept and shot his entire family. He had planned a massacre at Walmart but never made it there. These weapons should be left for the battlefield not the neighborhood.
KimberlyM June 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Hilarious.... Boston is in a gun violence crisis and MA has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. There are no such thing as assault weapons - that's lingo used by anti-gun crowd only. An AR-15 is much easier for a woman to handle when defending herself and her family as well as much better to AIM rather than a shotgun which sprays bullets. I'd like to know where they came up with the 6.6 million stats. If you order a gun on the internet, it must be sent to an FFL dealer, who does a background check. Gun shows also have background checks. Enforce the laws that CURRENTLY exist - you can start with Fast & Furious. Don't punish law-abiding citizens, who are the majority, for the acts of psychotics or criminals who will ALWAYS find a way to commit murder or get guns by taking away the RIGHT of law-abiding citizens TO own the guns they choose.


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