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Guest Column: Congress has blood on their hands / by John Rosenthal (12/10/17)

Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal penned an op-ed in The Attleboro Sun Chronicle about Congress’ recent vote on concealed carry reciprocity. He did not mince words.

“The House bill confirms that Congress will continue to undermine state laws that are proven to save lives simply to placate their gun industry benefactors, whose only interest is to increase violence and fear as a way to increase gun sales, and therefore increase campaign contributions.

Ultimately, Congress is culpable for the dangerous and nonsensical gun policies that make daily mass shootings inevitable, leaving an average of 100 Americans dead and over 200 injured from gun violence every day in the US. 158,000 Americans have died since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 and over 1 million since 1980.

Congress has blood on its hands; this epidemic will only get worse with the passage of this bill.

We are beyond disappointed in the House for passing this reckless legislation and we will do everything in our power to stop it from proceeding in the Senate.”

Bill would force Mass. to honor concealed-gun permits from other states / by Martin Finucane (12/7/17)

Boston Globe coverage of concealed carry reciprocity, the most dangerous gun legislation to pass the US House of Representatives in over a century. Massachusetts leaders on both sides of the political spectrum condemned the decision, including our founder John Rosenthal.

“John Rosenthal, cofounder of Stop Handgun Violence, a leading gun control group in Massachusetts, noted that the bill is being brought forward after the horrific massacres at a concert in Las Vegas and at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

‘Congress continues to undermine effective and proven state gun laws that save lives, simply to placate their gun industry benefactors whose only concern is to increase gun violence, fear, gun sales and campaign contributions,’ he said in a statement.”

Massachusetts gun control group probes US leadership with controversial RSVP / by Ludi Wang (12/6/17)

Continuing coverage of the graphic invitation and RSVP that we sent to Congress and President Trump, from Boston University’s Independent Student Newspaper The Daily Free Press.

“They [have to] see the actual people and bodies that are … indistinguishable as a result of their choice to pick blood money campaign contributions from the special interest [National Rifle Association] and gun industry versus public health and safety,” Rosenthal said. “They need to see the results of those consequences.”

Although comprehensive gun laws exist in states like Massachusetts, the choice of elected officials elsewhere to ignore the issue of gun control places citizens everywhere at risk, Rosenthal said.

“We border Maine, New Hampshire, [and] Vermont [which] allow AR-15 assault rifles in large capacity, [and] ammunition magazines in concealed handguns to be purchased without an ID or background check,” Rosenthal said. “And they are just an hour away.”

Boston Public Radio – with John Rosenthal / Jim Braude and Margery Eagan (12/5/17)

Start the audio at 2:01:50 to hear John Rosenthal talk with BPR about Concealed Carry Reciprocity and our graphic Congressional invite campaign!

We are the gun lobby’s worst nightmare in Massachusetts. Why? Because we have proven that gun laws save lives. And because we’ve proven that, we’ve reduced fear, and reducing fear reduces gun sales. This is why the NRA is after us.

Boston-based gun reform group sends graphic ‘RSVP’ / by Travis Andersen (12/3/17)

The Boston Globe’s Travis Andersen got the scoop on our mailing campaign to Congress. We’ve become numb to mass shootings in America, so we sent Trump and Congress a wake-up call. Click here to see the GRAPHIC invitation.

Stop Handgun Violence on Friday mailed fliers, fashioned as invitations, with photos of mass shooting victims to the White House and nearly 300 members of Congress who “vote with the NRA every time,” said the organization’s co-founder, John Rosenthal, in a phone interview late last week.


Gun safety group sends lawmakers fliers with images from Las Vegas shooting / by Rebecca Savransky (12/4/17)

We were so glad to see that The Hill covered the invitation we sent to Trump and Congress. This means the DC Swamp will definitely get our message, one way or another. We also sent out this tweet so you can retweet it and tag other politicians who you think need to see the consequences of their inaction on gun safety.

A gun control group sent fliers to the White House and members of Congress with graphic images from the mass shooting earlier this year in Las Vegas.

The fliers — sent by the Massachusetts-based gun control group Stop Handgun Violence — invite recipients to “wipe the blood off your hands and end mass shootings.”

Editorial: Silence not golden / by Boston Herald Editorial Staff (11/18/17)

The Boston Herald Editorial staff published a piece opposing the removal of a ban on private possession of silencers in Massachusetts, citing testimony from Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal.

“John Rosenthal, founder of the nonprofit Stop Handgun Violence, told the committee, ‘Don’t be fooled by thinking that somehow the silencer bill is a hearing protection act. It is not.’

‘I can tell you as a gun owner who has hunted, nobody hunts or shoots at a range without hearing protection. It’s a fraud being played on you guys and across the country,’ he added.

And then, of course, there was the testimony of the head of American Suppressor Association who insisted the use of silencers was subject to ‘common misconceptions,’ adding in fact the shots can still sound as loud as a jackhammer.

Now, silly us, but doesn’t that beg the question about why anyone would need one in the first place?

They would clearly make hunting more dangerous for non-hunters and their possible use in urban hunting grounds would be even more horrifying. If ever there were a step backward the state did not need to take, this is it.”

Texas shooting and gun control politics / The Take with Sue O’Connell (11/8/17)

John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence, reacts to the shooting in Texas and calls for a boycott of Shaw’s, Star Market, Osco, and Steward Health over their ties to the gun industry.

“You have to go through major gyrations…to figure out what you’re investing in, but in the case of guns it’s even harder. And the grandaddy of them all is Cerberus Capital Management… it’s a Wall Street equity firm that owns Bushmaster assault rifles, owns 20% of the entire gun industry, gives the most money to the NRA and members of Congress that support their extreme policies. They own Shaw’s Markets, Star Market, Osco Drug, and believe or not the third largest employer in Massachusetts: St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Steward Healthcare… That company… should be boycotted out of business.”

 Numbers show gun control laws are working / by Erin Tiernan (10/13/17) 

In states with stricter gun laws, fewer people are dying. Features extensive interview with Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal.

“The NRA wants undetected access to guns for criminals because more unrestricted access to guns by criminals creates more gun violence. More gun violence creates more fear, and more fear especially like that after Sandy Hook, Pulse, and Las Vegas, creates more gun sales.”

 Massachusetts Has Become ‘the NRA’s Worst Nightmare’ / by Eleanor Clift (10/9/17)

Want proof that tighter gun laws work, and that mostly Republican governors and Democratic legislators can work together to buck the NRA and pass them? Check out Massachusetts, where gun deaths are down 60 percent since 1994.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal talk about the effectiveness of gun laws in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and tell the SHV origin story.

“We’ve become the NRA’s worst nightmare,” says Rosenthal. “We’re an urban industrial state with the most effective gun laws, and we’ve reduced the rate of gun deaths.”

Irish-American politician says Massachusetts proves gun control moves work / by James Wilson (10/11/17)

Continuing the work done in the Daily Beast, Irish Central tells the SHV origin story and quotes co-founder John Rosenthal.

In true blue Massachusetts the Republicans’ triumph in the 1994 elections galvanized gun control advocates and the Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) campaign was founded by businessman John Rosenthal and the late Michael Kennedy, whose father, RFK, and uncle, JFK, are the two most famous victims of gun crime since Lincoln. For the next four years the SHV campaign spearheaded a media and public education effort that culminated in the Massachusetts Gun Control Act of 1998.

 Mass. ban on bump stocks on the fast track / by Martin Finucane (10/6/17)

In the wake of the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting, legislators and activists discuss the likelihood of a ban on bump stocks passing in Massachusetts.

“Any restrictions on aftermarket accessories that can be purchased over the Internet without detection to make semiautomatic weapons automatic weapons is a positive step,” said Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal.

Time to Get Serious About Guns / by Scott Mackay (10/6/17)

Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst urges state and federal legislators to get tougher on guns.

“We are the NRA’s worst nightmare,” says John Rosenthal, co-founder of Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence. He adds, “We have proven that gun laws work.”

 Make gun safety a state fight, too / by Scot Lehigh (10/3/17)

An examination of past and present attempts to strengthen gun safety laws at the state level. Features quotes from Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal and board member Ben Clements.

“The police chiefs are in a position to know the people in a community who are not suitable to have a gun because of a history of dangerousness, even if it doesn’t include convictions,” noted attorney Ben Clements, a Stop Handgun Violence board member who has successfully defended Massachusetts gun laws in court.

 The Latest on the Las Vegas Shooting / by Dan Rea (10/2/17)

Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal and other distinguished guests speak with Dan Rea on WBZ Radio Nightside about how to prevent mass shootings, amid live updates about the Las Vegas Strip shooting.

“We ask our police to protect us, but we don’t protect them… Police are given 13-17 rounds in their service weapons. Criminals and the dangerously mentally-ill can go to gun shows or private gun dealers and buy 100-round magazines.”

 Chris Pinto and John Rosenthal (10/2/17)


In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Boston Herald Radio talked to Chris Pinto of Massachusetts Gun Rights and then John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence to get both sides of an issue that really only has one side.

“Our Congress cares more about blood-money campaign contributions than they care about public health and safety from preventable gun violence. This does not happen in other countries, and there are plenty of mentally-ill people all over the world. We just happen to arm them with automatic and semi-automatic weapons of war without detection. And that’s a choice we make.”



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