The case for and against gun control laws in the Bay State was recently argued on the steps of the Massachusetts State House - and Broadside host Jim Braude thought it'd be a good idea to bring that debate to the studio.
Steve Grossman, current state treasurer and a Democratic candidate for governor, and Jim Wallace, Gun Owners Action League president, reunite to debate the issue on Broadside.
Grossman says Massachusetts' gun laws, which are amongst the toughest in the nation, are proof that gun control works.
"From 1998 to 2010, we have had a more than 20 percent reduction in deaths by guns, crimes, suicide, accidental death," he said; however, Grossman says he'd make three changes: Limiting the sales of guns to one per month; the introduction of smart gun technology; the creation of a task force dealing with guns and drug trafficking between all New England states and New York.
Wallace does not agree that gun control reduces crimes; in fact, he argues that gun related homicides, according to the state's public health website, have doubled, and gun related assaults have tripled.
"When we're going after crime, these laws have been an abject failure and it's something that really needs to be addressed and recognized," he said.
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