Boston Police Chief: “Nobody in the City Needs a Shotgun; Nobody Needs a Rifle”

For a while, the “debate” has been about how many rounds of ammunition are allowed to be in a gun magazine. “No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer!” And that fight is still going on, but here we have Boston’s Police Commissioner Bill Evans taking it a couple steps forward and claiming that residents in his city don’t even need shotguns or rifles. It seems that he thinks that no one needs a long gun to kill a deer.

In an interview with Boston Public Radio, he outlined his stance on gun control:

“There has to be restrictions, because, people should have a legitimate reason for possessing them. And my problem here in the city is, quite frequently, we might have a house break-in, and a legitimate person who possesses them has them stolen, and then they go out into the hands of people who are going to use them for the wrong reasons. So, you know, based on what we do here, we’ve screened everyone to make sure they haven’t been involved – and where they have a 209 restraining order against them – stuff like that. You know, I know people like to hunt; I know people like to use them in sport. But in the wrong hands, these guns can go out, and we’ve seen that. And when I was on the show, I talked about the impact of seeing that 9-year-old in Mattapan shot by a gun that was laying around the house by his 14-year-old brother, and that’s the type of stuff myself and Mayor Walsh are trying to prevent. By having guns in homes, just hanging around, where they can get into the wrong hands.”

Democrat State Senator Stan Rosenberg opposed language in Massachusetts’ recent gun control bill that would have allowed the police more “discretion” with who would be allowed and disallowed from owning a shotgun or rifle. The police apparently already have that discretion with other types of guns in Massachusetts, so it only made sense to apply it to rifles and shotguns.

But this Democrat didn’t see any reason to include that provision in the law, so he and a majority of state senators voted for removing it on the basis that there were already enough federal restrictions on long guns. Here was Commissioner Evans’ response:

“I don’t agree with that. Having long guns – rifles and shotguns – especially here in the city of Boston. I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter. The federal [government] doesn’t really allow us to have the discretion that we want in these particular cases. […] For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle.”

Who needs any kind of gun or weapon when we’ve got the police to take care of us? And when there is an emergency, instead of wishing you had a gun to protect yourself, wish that your elected representatives and police departments would have worked a little harder in outlawing guns. Those unable to defend themselves are sacrifices these politicians are willing to make to achieve their gun-free utopia.