OPINION: Vote Healey for AG to thwart gun violence

Gun deaths in the United States are 30 times higher than in other Western industrialized nations. Massachusetts, however, a state with very strong gun laws, has the lowest number of firearm deaths in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the safest place to live in a country wracked by gun violence.

This is not “fake news,” but fact-based hard data from nonpolitical, reliable sources. The conclusion? Strong gun laws save lives.

I urge all for whom the safety of our children is a priority to re-elect Maura Healey, a forceful advocate for gun safety. She has:

• Enforced the assault weapons ban of 1998 after 10,000 “copycat” weapons were illegally sold here in 2015.

• Advocated for the extreme risk protection order to keep weapons from those deemed a danger to themselves or others, and for a ban on bump stocks.

• Lobbied Congress for universal background checks, and to release funds to the CDC for gun violence research.

• Partnered with the Massachusetts Medical Society to develop a training program for pediatricians to discuss gun safety measures with the parents of their young patients.

For Massachusetts attorney general, I urge a vote for Maura Healey, a vote for gun safety.

Donna Hannigan

Dennis

Gun deaths in the United States are 30 times higher than in other Western industrialized nations. Massachusetts, however, a state with very strong gun laws, has the lowest number of firearm deaths in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the safest place to live in a country wracked by gun violence.

This is not “fake news,” but fact-based hard data from nonpolitical, reliable sources. The conclusion? Strong gun laws save lives.

I urge all for whom the safety of our children is a priority to re-elect Maura Healey, a forceful advocate for gun safety. She has:

• Enforced the assault weapons ban of 1998 after 10,000 “copycat” weapons were illegally sold here in 2015.

• Advocated for the extreme risk protection order to keep weapons from those deemed a danger to themselves or others, and for a ban on bump stocks.

• Lobbied Congress for universal background checks, and to release funds to the CDC for gun violence research.

• Partnered with the Massachusetts Medical Society to develop a training program for pediatricians to discuss gun safety measures with the parents of their young patients.

For Massachusetts attorney general, I urge a vote for Maura Healey, a vote for gun safety.

Donna Hannigan

Dennis