Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Healey’s Attack on Families
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) issued a release supporting Attorney General Healey’s politically motivated attack on hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts families.
The President of MMS, James Gessner, stated, “This action will further reduce the number of dangerous firearms in Massachusetts.” This clearly illustrates that the political attack by the Attorney General has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with advancing the “gun control” agenda, namely banning firearms.
There is nothing in Healey’s action that will make a bit of difference in reducing violent crime. There is nothing in Healey’s action that goes after the criminal element, and there is nothing in Healey’s action which addresses the void of available services for patients seeking mental health help.
The MMS should be shamed for backing Healey’s political stunt.
Instead of working within their ranks to fix issues like lackluster and largely unavailable mental health services, we are getting support of abuse. Shouldn’t they be focused on things like opioid addiction, obesity, and mental health? Just to name a few!
The MMS should stick to what they know, refining best practices for medical professionals. Their backing of this politically motivated attack on hundreds of thousands of innocent families brings into question their professionalism and ability to have sound judgment on any issue.
We urge all families to contact the Massachusetts Medical Society and express concern over their reckless support of the Attorney General’s abusive political stunt.
Remind them that people count on their medical professional to be unbiased and to keep politics out of healthcare!
If the MMS maintains their position on this issue, it will be a clear sign that they can’t be counted on to make rational, intelligent decisions when it counts.
Massachusetts Medical Society: 781-893-4610
5000 + / – Patriots at our State Capitol….
It was a hot day on Saturday July 23rd. Only a mile and a half from where the Battle of Bunker Hill took place, modern day patriots rallied to decry the trampling of our rights by a power grabbing Attorney General. While the dissenting republican members of the State legislature were away at the Republican National Convention, Attorney General Maura Healey in a surprise move, interpreted state law, on her own and absent due process.
Doing so she reversed 22 years of precedent set since the state’s original inception of it’s “Assault Weapon” ban. Our countries founders from Massachusetts risked so much, and put their lives on the line to break the tyranny we were facing. Yet now we find ourselves facing tyranny from our elected officials. This rogue monochratic action automatically made whole classes of rifles that were legal the day before into felonious instruments. The owners of these weapons were essentially made felons-in-waiting. While Healey has stated it is not her intent to prosecute owners who had the weapons prior to the ban, not one can take her at her word. Any AG that shows such contempt for the constitution as she has done, might change her opinion the next time the political winds blow her way.
Several legislators from Eastern Mass addressed the group and promised to fight this action as soon as they could. Sadly absent from the group were our local representatives Brian Ashe, and Eric Lesser. PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR state assemblyman or senator. This issue will be a litmus test for those of us that cherish the 2nd amendment.
In the HBO show “Game of Thrones” there is a dire warning that each community cries out to remind each other to prepare of dark times, and that cry is “Winter is Coming”. Let us call out our own cry as we deal with this dark time, and our cry is “November is Coming!”
Call – discuss with your elected official- and remember “November is Coming!”
‘NOVEMBER IS COMING”
GOAL Action Alert
Massachusetts Attorney General Creates Hundreds of Thousands of “Felons in Waiting”
We are not asking to be forgiven!!!!
As our members are well aware of by now, Massachusetts Attorney General took unilateral action this past Wednesday to completely redefine the term “Assault Weapon” under Massachusetts’ law. In her move to further her political career with an all out assault on lawful citizens, she has offered a NEW interpretation of the gun laws that has essentially banned the possession, ownership, or transfer of ALL semi-automatic rifles that utilize a detachable magazine. Depending on how the courts look at the NEW interpretations, some handguns and shotguns could be affected as well.
Literally overnight, a single government official has retroactively created hundreds of thousands of felons. One thing gun owners should be very clear about – there is no “grandfathering” under these new rules.
While the AG has “graciously” stated that: “… not be applied to possession, ownership or transfer of an Assault weapon obtained prior to July 20, 2016.” It does not mean that she can’t change her mind tomorrow or that some other entity cannot use it against us, such as local licensing authorities that use the new rules to declare an applicant unsuitable for renewal.
As a result of this chaos, many friendly public officials have offered to file emergency legislation that would offer permanent legal protection for the lawful gun owners who have purchased semi-automatic firearms. While we appreciate these genuine offers to protect our members, GOAL’s message to our government at this time is simple:
We are not asking to be forgiven for crimes we did not commit!
We hope all of our members and gun owners appreciate and support our current position, but you are not at fault! Accepting an offer to protect us would do two things:
1. Admit that we have all committed a crime despite the fact that all of these transfers were approved by the state.
2. It would be recognizing the vast expansion of the Attorney General’s NEW interpretation that will ban the future sale and possession of virtually every semi-automatic gun on the market.
While GOAL continues to confer with leaders all around the country about the best course of action, we need all citizens to attend GOAL’s rally at the State House on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:00 am.
• Bring your family, your friends, and your neighbors.
• Call your local state representative and senator and ask them to join you at the rally.
• Contact your local police chief and police officers and ask them to join you. We have always had their backs, now they need to have ours.
Tell them all: If they can do this to us, they can do it to you!
AG’s Enforcement Notice:http://www.mass.gov/ago/public-safety/awbe.html
Rally Against Rogue MA Attorney General
GOAL RALLY at MA State House – Front Steps – Saturday July 23, 2016 – 10:00 AM
Rally against rogue actions by MA Attorney General Maura Healey, who decided to make hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners “felons in waiting” via her sneak attack action posted this week while the legislature was away.
This Saturday, July 23rd the MA Legislature will be in a rare weekend special session to handle other matters – plan to be at the State House at 10:00 AM
Make your voice heard – Meet with your legislators – Protest the anti-freedom actions of Attorney General Healey.
Also, please note! CALL your legislator TODAY and urge them to join us against the rogue actions of AG Healey.
Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Rewrites the State’s Gun Laws
Without the legislature, without the governor, and without any form of public consultation, the attorney general of Massachusetts has today rewritten the state’s 1998 Gun Control Act.
In an edict sent out this morning, AG Maura Healey explained that the law no longer meant what it had meant since 1998, but instead would mean what she wanted it to mean. Writing in the Boston Globe, Healey outlined the changes:
The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.
That will end now. On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.
What does this mean in practice? Beats the hell out of me — and, apparently, of gun stores across Massachusetts, many of which have pulled all of the rifles from their shelves while they figure out what on earth just happened.
At best — well, “best” — Healey’s measure could mean that any gun that is named on the state’s banned list can never, ever be sold, irrespective of whether it has the cosmetic features for which it was prohibited in the first place. In other words, it could mean that all AR-15s that have been modified to comport with Massachusetts law are now illegal purely because they are AR-15s. (This scenario would be especially odd given that Healey concedes that there is no good reason to ban accessories, and therefore raises the question of why the state did so in the first instance.)
At worst, this could be an extremely ham-fisted attempt to outlaw all semi-automatic weapons in the state, in flagrant violation of D.C. v Heller’s explicit “common use” standard. If you read Healey’s Globe article closely, you’ll see her confirm that “if a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a ‘copy’ or ‘duplicate,’ and it is illegal.” Well, if taken literally, that would cover pretty much every modern firearm in existence, as all Healey would have to do is point to similarities between a weapon she wants to ban and a weapon named on the state’s banned list and, hey presto!, no guns at all can be sold in Massachusetts.
Or it could be something in between: That is, the law could now mean whatever the incumbent attorney general happens to think that it should mean.
Leaving aside how utterly stupid it is for governments to categorize and to prohibit weapons in this manner; ignoring for now that Massachusetts’s strictest-in-the-nation gun-control laws have coincided with an increase in gun crime, against the national trend; and averting our eyes from the fact that Healey is responding to a non-problem (there were literally no murderscommitted with rifles in her state last year), that the millions of people who live in Massachusetts are allowing their rights to be regulated on-the-fly by a single ill-informed official is utterly astonishing. In order to avoid the confusion and the caprice that this sort of behavior inevitably yields, I propose a better means of regulating the behavior of the citizenry henceforth: We could call it “the law,” and we could demand that it be written by “legislators” and subject to the strictures of a “constitution.” Crazy, I know.
Longmeadow Citizens for Liberty urge you to contact your state legislator and ask him/her to support HR 2158. “An act related to constitutional rights”. This law if passed would create one set of state laws to be followed as relates to firearms regulations. Right now citizens could have firearm laws from 296 towns and 55 cities to follow. Imagine trying to follow different traffic laws for 351 different communities???
This legislation creates a new section of law that provides a presumption that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual civil right. For many years the courts and law enforcement entities have been confused due to the state’s poorly written laws. With a clearly defined presumption of rights, lawful citizens will be saved unnecessary harassment. Likewise the courts and law enforcement will no longer waste time and resources on lawful citizens simply exercising their civil rights.
It also provides protections against other government entities in the state from passing laws and regulations restricting that right. This will avoid a potential patchwork of laws across the Commonwealth that causes confusion.
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Let’s have one set of gun laws for the state, and stop local harassment of lawful responsible firearms owners.
Friends, now that our town meeting has passed, people may wonder what is next
for Longmeadow Citizens For Liberty? We still live in Longmeadow, we still live next door to you. We are your teachers, your doctors, your accountants, your lawyers, your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, granddads and grandmoms. We mow our lawns, buy stuff at the Longmeadow Shoppes, and watch our kids play sports on our amazing sports fields. We love our town and appreciate our neighbors, because Longmeadow is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
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I heard you on Cam & Company. I am so proud of you and your fellow townspeople. I am one of the grandmothers you spoke about. A younger grandmother to be sure. I live in New York State, so 2nd amendment and constitutional rights are regularly ignored here. I have never owned or carried a gun, however, I am a huge supporter of the Constitution. I have recently inquired on the process of acquiring a gun permit in NYS and will be pursuing the process. The only thing gun laws do is take guns away from law abiding citizens of our country. The federal government’s goal is to disarm the citizenry not stop gun violence. Keep up the good fight.
Bless you , Walt Lamon (and the whole group at Longeadow Citizens For Liberty)
Our group’s grassroots efforts has received a lot of attention. People want to know about a group of citizen neighbors that banded together, alerted our community and educated on flaws of these proposed laws. We care deeply about our community, the safety of our citizens, and the rights of our law abiding firearms owners.
One of our members Henry Lanouette will be interviewed on Cam & Company a national radio show that can be listened to on:
- Live on Roku or Apple TV “NRA Channel”
- Live on the web at www.nranews.com
- Sirius Satellite Radio (12am Patriot Channel 152 or 9pm Patriot Plus on Channel 797)
- After the show on the “NRA News” Youtube Channel
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
Alex Grant stated “I heard nothing constructive” “What we heard was an absolutist defense of the 2nd Amendment.”
Let me tell you what I heard.
I heard our citizens saying “Alex, listen when we tell you”
- You are WRONG to discredit the results of a town vote because it does not fit your narrative.
- You are WRONG when you say the act of me lawfully carrying a gun to protect my family increases gun violence.
- You are WRONG when you misrepresent Massachusetts Law for firearms registration.
- You are WRONG when you cherry pick language in dissenting opinions in cases to misrepresent how the Supreme Court has ruled on the 2nd amendment.
- You are WRONG when you depict a military battle rifle as a civilian AR 15.
- You are WRONG when, contrary to government policy, you give notoriety by publicly naming mass murderers.
In the public forum of a town meeting you are not just a citizen. You are a member of the town select board, a member of the Massachusetts Bar, an officer of the court, and an employee of the US Department of Justice. You choose to claim only one role in your petitions but you are WRONG .
If you would like to be collaborative as you say then do your best to maintain decorum.