, Salem, MA

Local News

December 19, 2012

Newtown tragedy sparks gun debate


“These are planned attacks that are planned over months, and waiting periods do not work,” said Speliotis, who said it is better to focus on the types of weapons being used.

“Last Friday has made everyone think about these issues,” said state Rep. John Keenan of Salem, adding that lawmakers won’t be tackling the issue until after Jan. 1.

“I think Congress has to take a look at that as well,”Keenan said of the lapse of the federal assault weapons ban, given the type of high-capacity weapons used in recent mass shootings.

“People have a right to own a gun,” Keenan said, “but for the life of me, I can’t understand why that type of weapon is called for, for a sportsman. Does someone have a right to own a bazooka?”

The Bay State has tough gun laws, Keenan said, but “that’s not to say we can’t look further. The unfortunate thing is it takes a tragedy like this to get the discussion going.”

State Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, said he is not familiar with the ins and outs of Gov. Patrick’s gun control initiatives, and he cautioned against a “knee-jerk reaction” to the Newtown incident. Other issues are at play, he said, including those related to the mental health of the shooter. Hill wants to hear from public safety officials first, “before we legislate changes.”

State Rep. Jerry Parisella, D-Beverly, said the question to be addressed is, “what’s reasonable. What’s a reasonable firearm, what’s a reasonable clip?” Parisella said it will be a balancing act to protect gun owners’ constitutional rights and protect public safety.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.




Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Comments Tracker