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Gomez, Markey Spar On Gun Control Ad

BOSTON — Gun control is entering the debate between Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey and his Republican rival, Gabriel Gomez — and a new television ad is prompting the sparring.

Markey’s latest ad points out his opposition to the National Rifle Association. It claims Markey will “continue to fight for common-sense laws to stop gun violence.”

“Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines, like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting,” the ad also says.

But Gomez took issue with that last reference to Newtown.

“I’m a father of four young kids,” Gomez said during a press conference in South Boston on Friday. “For him to go this low and try to attack me on a negative ad like that and to tie me to a Newtown massacre is below the low. I bucked my party, and I’ve supported the Toomey-Manchin bill that would have had further background checks on gun sales, and I went against my party on that. And I firmly believe when I go down there, I’m going to fight to make sure that bill goes through.”

Markey told WBUR he is just trying to highlight the difference between Gomez and himself on assault weapons.

“I’m a father of four young kids…For him to go this low and try to attack me on a negative ad like that and to tie me to a Newtown massacre is below the low.”
– Gabriel Gomez

“All I’m saying is that I support a ban on those weapons, and that Gabriel Gomez opposes the ban. That is the difference between us. That is his position. And he should stand up and defend his position,” Markey said.

Gomez defended his position, reaffirming the importance of background checks over a full ban.

“We had an assault weapons ban in 1994, and the effects of that assault weapon ban weren’t what the proponents of it had. Violence went up. Deaths went up. Homicides went up. And on top of that, we already have an assault weapons ban here in Massachusetts,” Gomez said. “I think we need to focus on what the core issue is, and that’s what the Toomey-Manchin bill is, and that’s the only bill we’re going to be voting on when we get down to D.C.”

Markey, on the other hand, explained why he thinks an assault weapons ban is needed.

“I am supporting a ban because we have to reduce the number of times we have to pick up the newspaper and see that young people or old people have been killed with guns that should not be in the hands of these criminals,” he said.

Although Gomez defends other people’s right to own assault weapons, he said he doesn’t keep any guns in his house.

“I don’t own any weapons, but I can tell you: I don’t need any weapon if somebody goes near my house,” he said.

Gomez is a former U.S. Navy SEAL.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    “I am supporting a ban because we have to reduce the number of times we have to pick up the newspaper and see that young people or old people have been killed with guns that should not be in the hands of these criminals,” he said
    he identified exactly why no ban on assault weapons will ever reduce the the number (which is about 300 people per year for rifles of all sorts “assault” or not) of times we read about criminals commiting crimes. a ban may actually have the opposite effect. it will not work or have the opposite effect because criminals by definition ignore the laws so will be unaffected by any bans, just like they were last time “assault” weapons were banned. not to mention with the current climate in washington an AWB is a pipe dream. does markey really think this gun thing is the most important issue to ma voters he has really been hitching his wagon to it or is this just the influance of bloombergs millions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003371485051 Deal Breaker

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    What Mr Bloomberg and other elite/rich/or politicians like Mr markey mean when they whine about people owning guns is, it’s okay to own a gun or be protected by one if you are the elite/rich/or a politician. If you are poor, you don’t deserve to protect yourself. The common man/ the poor need to wait for agents of the State/police to arrive and write a report about the criminal activity or event that took place. The primary function of the police is not to prevent crimes, but to collect information about crimes which recently occurred, investigate, and hopefully close the loop by catching the criminal.

    What is needed and wanted by the elite/rich/or politicians is: One set of rules which grants them power, privilege and luxury & Another set of rules that attack, persecute and terrorize everyone else.

    That’s what the elite/rich/or politicians mean when they attack the 2nd Amendment with their “common sense” “common ground” “insert buzzword here and appeal with emotion statement”.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      thats how the whole gun control scheme is devised in mass right now. by allowing unelected buereucrats to decide who may exercise their rights with almost no oversight we have a system designed to prevent the poor and minorities from exercising their rights. hopefull we will overcome this injustice in MA soon

  • Thinkfreeer

    Markey is a perfect example of what’s wrong with Washington. He is a career politician who supports popular positions with no critical thought about what he is supporting, just like our other senator, Ms. Warren. She co sponsored Ms. Feinstein’s FAILED assault weapons ban bill as one of her first official actions in the Senate. One of her quoted sources for gun facts is that billboard on the Mass Pike in Boston. We need a senator who will listen to Massachusetts’ citizens and consider real facts, not made up “information.” We need a senator who will form a position after careful consideration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      its a shame she would act against native american’s civil rights in this way

  • FrancisMcManus

    I’m pretty sure Gomez is arguing that some people need an military-style assault weapon to defend their home, which seems ridiculous to me.

    And I know, Gomez equates the Republican party and the NRA when he says he’d bucked his party on expanded background checks.

    Gomez wrote a letters saying he and Obama have the same policies on gun control. That was a big lie.

    The proliferation of assault weapons in the US is bad public policy. We knew in 1934 the best thing to do with machine guns is keep them restricted to use by the military and take them out of civilian society.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      when did he write the letter? was it to first term oboma or second term oboma? those two guys have big differences in their gun policies. you are right francis machine guns are effectivily banned since 1934. you understand that the current debate is not about machine guns right? of course plenty of machine guns are legally owned by citizens but its very difficult and expensive to do so.

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