First up, a reminder from BPDNews.com:
The goal of [the gun buyback] program is to prevent gun violence...
Next, via Dictionary.com:
goal (noun): The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed
prevent (verb): To keep from happening
Now, from today's Boston Herald:
Shootings rise, with a bullet
The explosion of gun violence wracking Hub streets is accelerating so rapidly this year that the city is on pace to record more than one shooting victim per day for the first time this decade, according to new Boston Police Department crime statistics.
"Mayor Menino and the city of Boston are concerned about the numbers, but the city has been working hard and we will continue to work hard," said Meaghan Maher, a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "(Police) are making a record number of firearms arrests. With the gun buyback, they’ve taken more than 1,000 firearms off the streets."
'Round these parts, that's called "rounding up the bad guys".
And, it begs the rhetorical question of the day:
When all is said and done, and the final numbers on this show that shootings went up after the gun buyback was initiated, will the mayor's press office or the BPD brass be issuing a retraction stating that the program, in fact, did not work as intended? Or will they continue to tout the program "success"?
Meanwhile, in Fitchburg...
Store Clerk Shot With Assault Rifle
Fitchburg and state police are looking for a man they say robbed a variety store after shooting a clerk with an assault rifle.
Police said the robber entered the store about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle. Following the robbery, the suspect fled on foot.
I wonder if that looked anything like my assault rifle.
And, from the "It's All About the Guns" file:
Wareham man arrested in store slaying
A man used a lotto machine to murder a Wareham dad...
Ban the state lottery!
...in a convenience store...
Don't get me started again on those mercantiles of death!
...as shocked witnesses tried to stop the late-night brawl from turning deadly, the victim’s son said.
Imagine if even one of those witnessess had been carrying his own lotto machine. He may have been able to thwart the attack and "save just one life". And, isn't that what the lotto machine control movement is all about - saving lives?
If Massachusetts candidate for governor, Christy Mihos, has any say in the matter...
Ending mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists, reinstating the death penalty and easing law-abiding citizens' ability to get handguns - and to use them against intruders in their homes.
Mihos said many of his positions stem from his belief that individuals, not the government, should dictate behavior. "I saw it as something that was reasonable," Mihos said of letting bikers ride helmetless, but requiring them to pay higher insurance premiums, as does New Hampshire. "Most people will choose to wear a helmet," Mihos said. "Most people will choose to wear a seatbelt, and most people will choose not to smoke and most people will choose not to drink excessively.
"You do everything at your own peril and at your own choice."
Can't get much more pro-choice than that.
Unless, of course, you're a Massachusetts democrat who prefers the more "progressive" definition of pro-choice:
...letting the pros tell you what your choices are.