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COUNCILOR EDWARDS CALLS FOR ACTION ON GUN REGULATION, FILES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF “MARCH FOR OUR LIVES”  

COUNCILOR EDWARDS CALLS FOR ACTION ON GUN REGULATION, FILES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF “MARCH FOR OUR LIVES”

BOSTON (28 February 2018) -


Today, Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards filed a resolution in support of young leaders in Boston calling for action on gun violence. As students across the nation plan a walk-out on March 24th to protest recent shootings in Parkland, FL, Massachusetts officials are debating new public safety measures while action in Congress could force states to accept “concealed carry reciprocity.”

“It’s time to follow the lead of young people in our country,” said Councilor Edwards. “We need local, state and national action to curb gun violence and invest in real solutions to public safety. Youth are waiting on responsible adults to prevent the next Sandy Hook, to stop gun trafficking and to ensure every Trayvon Martin has a future.”

Gun violence is a public health problem, an epidemic in the United States that, according to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, is getting worse. Easy access to high-powered weapons and federal prohibitions on gun violence research contribute to the problem. The Gun Violence Archive reports that, in 2017, gun-related deaths in the United States exceeded 15,000.


Amidst national tragedy, the National Rifle Association has called for arming teachers as a response to gun violence. But Boston’s teachers, like teachers across the country, don’t want guns in their school.

“Arming teachers is not a solution. It’s a distraction. We need fewer guns in our schools and communities, not more,” said Jessica Tang, President of the Boston Teachers Union. “The solutions must include adopting common sense gun laws to reduce access to weapons and strong investments in social emotional learning and behavioral health resources within all schools. Arm us with adequate staffing for school psychologists, counselors and nurses.”

Efforts are strong within Massachusetts to continue the Commonwealth’s history of sensible gun regulation. The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is currently advocating for the passage of legislation relative to the issuance of Extreme Risk Protective Orders, H3081, which would allow for temporary confiscation of firearms from individuals likely to cause damage to themselves or others through a legal process similar to a restraining order.

“I applaud young residents of our city, faith leaders and other advocates for taking action to protect our health and safety by pushing for sensible gun regulation,” said Councilor Lydia Edwards. “We must keep the pressure on until every resident of our communities can lively freely and without fear.”

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