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Kudos, Harlee!

Sen. Harriette Chandler, 1st Worcester District, at the gun law hearing at Assumption college this morning:

I Commend you for acknowledging that it is critical that although Massachusetts  has strictest laws in country, we must determine how we can improve and update these laws. I question whether there’s a one-size fits all solution. I agree with Governor Patrick’s bill to tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition and background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.

Our problem is seldom the lawful sportsman, but rather the unlawful individual who is hunting humans, not animals.


Chandler has nailed it on the head. Sportsmen can always hunt. We don’t want people hunting for people! Let’s ban guns with large magazines, guns that hold and shoot rounds and rounds of ammunition without the shooter needing to STOP to reload. Killing machines that are designed to blow people to smithereens – shatter them into hundreds of pieces of flesh – just like what happened in Newtown, CT, where beautiful, innocent school children died horrific deaths. Their families/their community lived though – are still living – through hell! The massacre of all those school children might have been prevented (or at the very least cut down) if the madman did not have access to a high-powered gun that did not need to be reloaded, a killing machine that allowed him to keep shooting and shooting and shooting. He created hell in 12 minutes because he used a killing machine. A gun made for war. What place do guns like these have in our homes, our society?


– R. Tirella


From a great paper, The Hartford Courant:

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Making Worcester City Council meetings more open to the people

By Ronal Madnick, Executive Director, ACLU, Worcester County Chapter

A number of people, mostly from South Main, feel that they should be able to address the Worcester City Council when their petition first appears on the council agenda without having to ask for permission to speak. To bring that about the Worcester County Chapter of the American

Civil l\Liberties Union of Massachusetts has placed an item before the council that calls for allowing the primary petitioner for any item before the city council to be allowed to speak on the petition the first day it appears on the agenda.

We asked that a person should be able to speak when an item is first on the agenda and before it is sent to a committee because quite often an item is sent to a committee which may not meet for quite some time.. Some people, feel that the right to speak on their item should be a right, not a privilege. Continue reading Making Worcester City Council meetings more open to the people