linsky-momsYesterday we received an email written by Rep. David Linsky (D) Natick.

The letter, written to his colleagues in the legislature urges them to stand against legislation, filed by GOAL to establish a commission to study so called “gun free” zones in the Commonwealth.

Rep. Linsky, a long time enemy of freedom stated specific reasons for standing against the bill and cited some “facts” that are simply not true.



Let’s go through his letter and comment.

While all of our intentions as legislators are to protect the safety of all citizens of the Commonwealth, this particular legislation could have harmful consequences.

Establishing a commission to study something could have harmful consequences? Interesting, he didn’t have an issue with the commission that studied “gun violence” for over a year in the wake of Newtown, yet, a commission to study “gun free” zones could “have harmful consequences”.

Establishing a commission to review “current and future policies” regarding Gun Free Zones in order to identify areas where citizens are not allowed to carry items for “self-defense” and further “unsafe areas” presents a commission with a predetermined outcome of findings upon which there is very little statistically significant and factual information to support its claims.

Apparently Rep. Linsky is unaware of the study by the Crime Prevention Research Center stating that 92% of mass shooting occurred in “gun free” zones.

Data presented to the Violence Policy Center by the FBI not only presents statistics that support the claim that citizens are far more likely to use firearms to commit crime

Complete and utter drivel. If this were true our crime rate would be through the roof, there are an estimated 100 million law abiding gun owners in the U.S.   During the last 30 years there has been an unprecedented volume of firearms sold to law-abiding owners in the United States.  During this same time period we have also had a steady drop in violent crime of all kinds including murder committed with a firearm.  More guns may or may not equal less crime, but one cannot factually say that more guns = more crime. To say that is a complete and utter lie.

In addition, in the aftermath of these shootings, it has been determined that these locations were chosen by the shooters based on personal associations rather than the fact that they are considered “Gun Free Zones”

Once again, 92% of these crimes have happened in places where the intended victims are disarmed, it’s not a coincidence.

Massachusetts is currently one of the safest states in the country, with the second lowest firearm violence rate in the nation, largely due to our strict firearm laws.

Gun related murders have doubled in MA since the “strict firearm laws” were passed in 1998, bucking the national trend of a year-by-year decrease.

establishing policy based on data instead of acting with a knee-jerk reaction that could potentially place citizens in harm’s way.

Let’s do that Rep. Linsky, let’s establish policy based on actual data, that way citizens WILL be out of harms way.

Read Rep. Linsky’s letter in its entirety below.

 

Subject: Please Oppose HD.4054 An Act relative to Gun Free Zones

July 28, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you in opposition to HD.4054 An Act relative to Gun Free Zones. While all of our intentions as legislators are to protect the safety of all citizens of the Commonwealth, this particular legislation could have harmful consequences.

Establishing a commission to review “current and future policies” regarding Gun Free Zones in order to identify areas where citizens are not allowed to carry items for “self-defense” and further “unsafe areas” presents a commission with a predetermined outcome of findings upon which there is very little statistically significant and factual information to support its claims. Also, the makeup of this Commission as presented is a biased panel, including having a representative of the Gun Owner’s Action League serve as its Chairperson.

In addition to these potential issues, Gun Free Zones were debated by the Speaker’s Commission on Gun Violence last session and it was determined that the best way in which to prevent shootings is to establish better policy and procedures in areas such as schools in order to ensure they have direct access to emergency personnel rather than eliminating the zone.

Data presented to the Violence Policy Center by the FBI not only presents statistics that support the claim that citizens are far more likely to use firearms to commit crime, but further indicates that in spite of the NRA’s claim that “guns are used up to 2.5 million times each year in self-defense in the United States” these numbers are exaggerated. More reliable numbers are presented by the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics which has been collecting data since 1973. The NCVS presents evidence that the total number of self-protective behaviors undertaken by victims of both attempted and completed violent crime between 2007 and 2011 was only 0.8 percent. In addition, in the aftermath of these shootings, it has been determined that these locations were chosen by the shooters based on personal associations rather than the fact that they are considered “Gun Free Zones”, and that had firearms been present in these instances the outcomes could have been far more catastrophic. I believe we need to look at more security measures that prevent citizens with ill-intent from entering an establishment with the means to cause such a tragedy.

Massachusetts is currently one of the safest states in the country, with the second lowest firearm violence rate in the nation, largely due to our strict firearm laws. We should be proud of the work we did last session to make us even safer. As we make tough decisions everyday about the safety of our districts and the Commonwealth, I urge the body to look towards the facts on this issue to ensure that we act in the best interest of the Commonwealth by establishing policy based on data instead of acting with a knee-jerk reaction that could potentially place citizens in harm’s way.

Thank you for your time in considering this very important matter.

Sincerely,

David P. Linsky
State Representative
Fifth Middlesex

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