Prevent Gun Sales in Newton
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We, the citizens of Newton, are writing to express our opposition to the opening of a gun store at 709 Washington Street. Having a gun store in Newton would undermine our reputation as a welcoming and progressive city. More importantly, a gun store will make us all less safe. While Newton’s gun ownership rates are low, the presence of a gun store guarantees that there will be more guns in the hands of Newton residents, as well as residents in surrounding areas. Research is clear that more guns in a community lead to more deaths through homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. As we emerge from a global pandemic with soaring rates of depression and anxiety, especially among youth, it is particularly disturbing that a gun store should be opening now.
This proposed location is also cause for concern, being within a block of a family ice cream restaurant, and within one mile of Newton North High School, FA Day Middle School, and Cabot, Lincoln Eliot, and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.
As a Mayor who has already taken a powerful stand against gun violence, including proclaiming June 5th Gun Violence Awareness Day in Newton, we urge you to help keep our residents safe by taking a stand against the establishment of this particular retailer, and prioritizing a change in our city's zoning regulations to ensure that no further gun stores are opened within our city's borders.
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