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2nd Amendment

 

Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.  I strongly oppose any new gun legislation.  I believe that John F. Kennedy had it right when he declared:

 

”By calling attention to ‘a well-regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."

 

Studies and newspaper exposés demonstrate that Government incompetence is responsible for more deaths and injuries in DCF, the Drug Lab, and the Compounding Pharmacy scandals than can ever be attributed to law abiding gun owners!  Let’s solve the problem of Government incompetence and stop inventing problems that have led to stricter gun laws for law abiding gun owners!

 

Massachusetts is the only state that requires an FID card for the purchase of pepper spray!  I know this first hand because my 83 year old mom was required to have one in order to legally own pepper spray.  Let’s enforce the laws we have and keep criminals from committing and re-committing crimes.  Let’s stop the harassment of little old ladies who wish to protect themselves from criminals! As Governor, on my first day in office I will move to amend our laws so that pepper spray no longer requires an FID card.  

 

I humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming September 9th Republican primary.  

 

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My 2nd Amendment Background:

 

I grew up in Westfield.  My dad was an avid outdoorsman.  He was a hunter and a fisherman.  In the fall he loaded his shotgun with birdshot for the pheasant season and then changed over to slugs for the deer season in December.  He also had two handguns – a 44 magnum and a 22 colt revolver.

 

My dad taught me how to handle guns, how to take them apart, clean them and reassemble them.  He was the consummate responsible gun owner.  Guns were never feared in our home.  He complied with all the State and Federal laws regarding guns.  As new laws were enacted, he followed those also.  I remember how he installed trigger locks on his three guns when that became required.  As a small boy, I remember thinking how much more difficult it would be for my dad to access a gun if he needed it to protect us. 

 

As I grew up, the lessons my dad taught me became a part of who I am today.  I took a job as Manufacturing Manager at Savage Arms in Westfield.  I was responsible for the manufacture of thousands of guns and gun components.  The shotgun that I owned I also built myself – something not too many people can say.  As I was building it I remembered from long ago how my dad had first showed me how to correctly reassemble his shotgun.  

 

My dad died from Parkinson Disease in 2006.  As the disease progressed and robbed him of his physical abilities he had to modify his use of guns.  He had to stop hunting.  He sold his shotgun.  He joined the shooting range at Smith & Wesson in Springfield where he took his two handguns and used them in target practice.  He had been a very strong man and was proud of his ability to accurately shoot his 44 magnum single-handedly.  But, with Parkinson’s disease he was forced to use two hands – his form of gun control!

 

However, there came a time when he realized that he could no longer physically handle his guns in a responsible manner - that it would not be safe for him or others around him if he were to use his guns.  So, when that time came he sold his remaining guns.  It was the last lesson he taught me in how to properly handle guns and be a responsible gun owner.

When I went through the required training for a LTC and for my FID card, the list of then current laws, the violation of which would disqualify a Massachusetts citizen from owning a firearm, totaled 98 laws.  I’m sure that list has grown.  My point is that if you want good neighbors, look for a law-abiding gun owners – they have to be squeaky clean!

 

  - Mark Fisher, Republican Candidate for Governor 

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