July 10, 2023 | Op-Ed Demanding an End to Military Assault Weapons in the Civilian Market Supported by Hundreds of Public and Private Sector Leaders Nationwide, Including Current and Retired Law Enforcement Officers in 13 States
Boston, MA – More than 350 people representing law enforcement, gun violence survivors and families, faith leaders, policymakers, labor unions, business leaders, medical professionals and educators signed onto a powerful opinion column in today’s Boston Globe calling on Congress to ban civilian access to military-style weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Written by Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal, the article is signed by nearly three dozen current and retired police, sheriffs and members of law enforcement from several states including Massachusetts, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, New York, Mississippi, Arizona, Maryland, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington state, as well as Washington, D.C.
The op-ed article points out that, “These high-powered firearms and military ammunition rounds are also specifically designed to penetrate soft body armor, outgun police officers, and kill as many people as possible without the need to reload. By contrast, typical law enforcement service weapons are handguns with 15-round ammunition magazines, and officers — and those they seek to protect — are placed at great risk when forced to reload.”
Read the full op ed published in the Boston Globe and all signatories here.
June 27, 2023 | SHV Supports the Massachusetts Omnibus Bill, An Act Modernizing Firearm Laws
Boston, MA – Stop Handgun Violence, a Massachusetts based non-profit committed to preventing gun violence through education, public awareness, and advocating for common-sense gun laws, today praised legislation filed yesterday by Representative and Joint Committee Chair on the Judiciary Michael Day (An Act Modernizing Firearms Laws, HD.4420).
“I applaud House Speaker Mariano and Representative Day for their proactive leadership. The proposed omnibus gun safety bill will close dangerous loopholes, making it harder for prohibited gun buyers from accessing firearms,” said John Rosenthal, Founder and Chairman of Stop Handgun Violence.
“It will also ban untraceable ghost guns, further clarify the law relative to already-banned assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines and, most importantly, save lives and continue to make Massachusetts the state with the most effective gun violence prevention laws and lowest gun death rate in the Nation,” Rosenthal said.
“The Commonwealth continues to be a leader in gun violence prevention. Our proven gun safety laws and regulations save lives – without banning most guns,” he added. “Since 1994, we’ve reduced the rate of gun deaths in the Commonwealth by 40 percent. If every state replicated our effective gun laws and regulations, we could prevent over half of the average 48,000 American lives lost to gun violence each year without banning most guns.”
June 20, 2023 | MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Stop Handgun Violence, Moms Demand Action, GIFFORDS , and Brady mark Gun Violence Awareness Month
Boston, MA – The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and Stop Handgun Violence, along with national partners Moms Demand Action, GIFFORDS and Brady will mark Gun Violence Awareness Month and the one year anniversary of the SCOTUS NY Bruen decision. The groups will hold a joint press conference on the steps of the Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon Street highlighting the impact that gun violence has in the Commonwealth and the urgent need for continued action.
Press Conference Details:
When: June 22nd, 2023 at 10:00am EST
Where: Steps of the Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon Street
Who: MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Stop Handgun Violence, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Teen Empowerment, Moms Demand Action
“Gun violence continues to be an urgent issue in Massachusetts, with 45 residents shot and killed so far this year. Every shooting is a stark reminder that we need to do more to prevent the trauma of gun violence. From strengthening our policies to increasing our investment in community based solutions, we must do more to ensure that every person in every zip code is safe from the threat of gun violence.” – Ruth Zakarin, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
“As gun violence continues to be the leading cause of death for children and teens, the lack of Congressional action to treat this worsening health crisis in our country is unacceptable. On Gun Violence Awareness month, we are reminded that we must rise to demand more from Congress.” – Sonya Y. Coleman, Executive Director of Stop Handgun Violence
“As we mark Gun Violence Awareness month, GIFFORDS is proud to stand with our local and national partners in Massachusetts in the fight to save lives from gun violence. Too many families and communities are devastated by the trauma and loss of the gun violence epidemic and we must continue to work together to do everything we can to address this crisis.” – Joe Platte, State Legislative Manager, GIFFORDS
“Gun violence impacts every corner of our society, and even states with strong gun laws like Massachusetts are not immune. This Gun Violence Awareness Month, Brady is calling on state and federal lawmakers to take greater action to protect our families and communities and end these uniquely American tragedies. Everyday of inaction leads to more tragedy and unnecessarily deaths.” – Kris Brown, President, Brady
“Daily gun violence continues to tear our communities and families apart and we have already experienced 300 mass shootings just this year in the U.S. As we commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Month, and one year since the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, we remain committed to working with legislative champions and fellow gun safety advocates to pass common-sense gun safety laws and support community violence intervention programs working to reduce gun violence in our communities,” – Lynn Grilli, a volunteer with the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action
April 3, 2023 | MFOL Student Activists and Survivors #ProtectKidsNotGuns Rally at Harvard University
Cambridge, MA – On Tuesday, April 4th, gun violence survivors, student activists, and the Harvard and Cambridge community at large will come together in the wake of another school shooting to demand Congressional action to address the gun violence crisis in our country. As long as DC lawmakers continue to prioritize guns over lives, no place and no one is safe. We stand in solidarity with Nashville and all communities traumatized by violence to protect kids NOT guns.
WHERE: Widener Library Steps at Harvard Yard, Cambridge MA
WHEN: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Congressional Leaders and Officials are invited to attend.
Confirmed speakers include: David Hogg, CJ Hoekegan, Ruquan Brown, Professor Cornell Brooks and Yael Cushman.