“One day after a 9-year-old boy was shot to death by his brother in an apparent tragic accident in Mattapan, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the city will partner with the police department on a gun buyback program, in an effort to reduce the high number of guns circulating in the city,” boston.com reports. Circulating as in changing hands amongst the city’s criminal fraternity? No, of course not. That would be your alternate universe common sense gun control. What Mayor Walsh means by “circulating” isn’t exactly clear – to anyone other than himself. “The message for me is clear,” said Walsh. “We need help from the community to find out where these guns are. Let us know, alert police, so we can work to get these guns off the streets.” What does Walsh mean by “these” guns? Guns like . . .
the one that caused the inadvertent fratricide? I don’t think that gun (or ones like it) were “on the streets.” In fact . . .
There was no evidence that anyone else in the home knew the boy had the gun, authorities said Friday. Today, Walsh and a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office both said that the question of where the boy got the gun was still under investigation.
“All I can say is it’s a tragedy,” said Walsh, who spoke during a community event at an ice rink in Dorchester where reporters asked him about the shooting.
Yes, but that’s not all he said, is it? Mayor Walsh said he wants to spend taxpayer money buying broken ass guns from their owners, creating a black market for stolen firearms and disarming law-abiding citizens.
With no appreciable effect on firearms-related homicides. ‘Cause I’m thinking the vast majority of the firearms-related fatalities in Beantown are down to gang bangers’ banging. Apparently, I’m not the only one who perceived this perfectly obvious fact; one that a gun buyback will do nothing to address.
The city has been mulling a gun buyback for several weeks, after a violent beginning to the year that saw nine homicides in the month of January alone, many of those gang-related, according to police. Clergy met with Police Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent in Chief William Gross at the end of January to discuss ways to end the violence, and emerged from the closed-door session with the announcement that a gun buyback was a possibility.
Walsh today said the buyback will now go forward.
“We’ll be putting some form of a gun buyback together,” he said, though he said details and timing have not yet been figured out. “It was such a shock yesterday to a lot of people, including myself. You don’t want to get a call that a 9-year-old boy got shot. We’re still working through it.”
As Fagan might recommend, I think you better think it out again.