State of Massachusetts Archives: on Gun Control


Ed Markey: Expand background checks; ban assault weapons; fight NRA

Gomez appeared to be appealing to independent voters tonight by saying that he was "ashamed" that only a handful of Republicans voted for the Toomey-Manchin bill, which would have expanded background checks for gun buyers.

Markey said he believed assault weapons and high-capacity weapons should be banned, while Gomez only favors expanded background checks. "He takes the side of the NRA," said Markey, noting that he wanted to fight to make "NRA" stand for Not Relevant Anymore.

Source: Boston Globe on 2013 MA Senate debates Jun 11, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: A lot of people in the GOP are wrong on gun control

The two again sparred on gun control. Gomez said "a lot of people in my party are wrong on gun control," and that he was "ashamed" only 4 Republicans voted for a Senate bill that called for wider gun background checks. Markey said the background checks were only a start. He criticized Gomez for not supporting a federal assault weapons ban.

In one of the evening's sharper exchanges Gomez said it was "beyond disgusting" that Markey raised the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in a television ad that faulted Gomez for not supporting a ban on high capacity magazine clips. "To think that you are the only political candidate to actually invoke the Newtown massacre for political gain is beyond disgusting," Gomez said.

Markey responded by saying, "Mr. Gomez thinks that when we talk about the differences between the two of us on very important issues, that somehow or other we are engaging in negative politics. We are not."

Source: Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates Jun 11, 2013

Ed Markey: Fight the NRA for broader gun control measures

Markey repeatedly returned to areas where he diverged from Gomez: such as his support for gun control measures that Gomez opposes. "He does not support banning assault weapons. He does not support banning the high capacity magazines that attach to those assault weapons," Markey said.

The discussion pivoted on gun control for much of the first half-hour, with a lively exchange on the issue. "I want to go down to Washington to fight the NRA," Markey said.

"I oppose the NRA on expanded background checks," Gomez responded. Gomez reiterated his support for a bipartisan piece of legislation that would expand mandatory background checks for gun purchases. That legislation failed in the Senate earlier this year.

Markey argued that the bill is the minimum that ought to be done on gun control, noting it was supported by a West Virginian. He said a Senator from Massachusetts should support broader gun control measures in the age after the shooting at the Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

Source: Boston Globe on 2013 MA Senate debate Jun 6, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: I oppose the NRA on expanded background checks

Markey said Gomez "does not support banning assault weapons. He does not support banning the high capacity magazines that attach to those assault weapons," Markey said.

The discussion pivoted on gun control for much of the first 1/2-hour, with a lively exchange on the issue. "I want to go down to Washington to fight the NRA," Markey said.

"I oppose the NRA on expanded background checks," Gomez responded, saying we "need to fix this problem." Gomez reiterated his support for a bipartisan piece of legislation that would expand mandatory background checks for gun purchases. That legislation, sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, failed in the Senate earlier this year.

Markey argued that the bill is the minimum that ought to be done on gun control, noting it was supported by a West Virginian. He said a Senator from Massachusetts should support broader gun control measures in the age after the shooting at the Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

Source: Boston Globe on 2013 MA Senate debate Jun 6, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: In favor of closing the gun-show loophole

Gomez touted his moderate positions, and today emphasized the views he shares with many Democrats in the deep-blue Bay State. "Listen, I'm a firm Republican, I'm a conservative Republican, but I also have some issues where the Republican Party might not completely agree with me," he said. "I'm going to go down (to Washington) to represent the people of Massachusetts." Gomez noted he is in favor of closing the gun-show loophole, opposed to striking down Roe v. Wade, and is pro-gay marriage.
Source: Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates May 1, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: Tie gun sales to mental health checks

Winslow and Gomez said they would support the [recent gun] bill. Gomez said the bill is what he has always supported, closing the gun show loophole and tying sales to mental health checks. But Sullivan said the bill does not solve the problem of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are adjudicated mentally ill.

Winslow briefly dragged Gomez into a dispute by referencing a letter Gomez wrote to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick seeking the interim Senate appointment, which has been Gomez's Achilles' heel. Gomez wrote that he supported Democratic President Barack Obama in 2008 and agreed with Obama on immigration and gun control. Gomez conceded during the debate that the letter "was worded poorly."

Gomez later said he only supports some of Obama's positions. Gomez responded that he supports closing the gun show loophole but not banning assault weapons. He acknowledged he could have worded the letter differently.

Source: The Republican on 2013 MA Senate debates Apr 11, 2013

Deval Patrick: Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Scott Brown: Concealed carry ok; but licenses & background checks ok too

Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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2012 Presidential contenders on Gun Control:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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