Last Friday, Representative Mirra held his monthly Gun Violence Working Group roundtable, with a much bigger crowd than expected. Those in attendance included a wonderful group of students from Pentucket and Masconomet High Schools. The students from PHS have organized a group devoted to this issue and they conducted a survey that revealed some important insights into the issue of gun violence in schools. It’s our hope that Masco and other schools will follow suit with the creation of their own groups and work towards solutions.
Representative Andy X. Vargas updated us on the Gun Violence Prevention Trust Fund that will be used for programs at the local level to directly target those most at risk for gun violence. Something all sides agree on is the need for more mental health counselors and we hope to finally have adequate funding for this.
James L. Wallace of GOAL introduced legislation that will help us address drug and firearm trafficking. Initially proposed by Rep. Joe McKenna, this legislation would impose heavy penalties on those trafficking huge amounts of drugs and large arsenals of firearms. We plan to file this bill in the new session next month.
Thank you to all who attended! It’s truly inspiring to have so many people from all different perspectives working together on this issue. If you would like to sign up for email updates on this working group, please email Beverly.Stables@MAhouse.gov or call 617-722-2803.