STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erin Buckley Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death Penalty

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).

Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).

#3) What is your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? When, if ever, should a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights be curtailed? Do you consider yourself a pro 2ndAmendment candidate? (submitted by Rob Fasulo of Wilmington)  

I think the premise that the Second Amendment requires an “interpretation” is a fallacy. It is written clearly and concisely. In the United States, citizens have a right to bear arms, and that right shall not be infringed. As an NRA member, I live this everyday. No one’s Second Amendments rights should be curtailed by anyone but themselves. If you prove yourself to be a violent criminal, then you have given-up your Second Amendment right, knowingly and willingly. We have this right to bear arms to protect ourselves from threats, foreign and domestic, public and private. We do not have this right in order to blindly arm some of the very people we would be protecting ourselves from.

#4) Do you support capital punishment? When, if ever, should a person convicted of a crime be put to death by its government? Would you support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts? (submitted by George Ferdinand of Tewksbury) 

With the advent of DNA, and its increasing accuracy, I find that many of the common sense hesitations to capital punishment are being removed. The saying that “better a thousand guilty men go free rather than one innocent man go to jail” was only magnified when inspected under the scope of execution. However, when guilt is genetically undeniable, and the crime especially heinous, there is a natural and justifiable desire for capital punishment. I would include the caveat that the victims’ families should play a significant role in the decision to either imprison for life without parole or to move forward with execution. If what we work towards in our court system is truly justice, let those who have lost the most define that justice; it is their suffering that we seek to abate. I would, much like the late Representative Miceli, work to bring back the death penalty to Massachusetts, far too often prison is no deterrent nor punishment for the avowed criminal. And that is unjust.

Bonus “Fun” Question: Which town has the best breakfast spots? TEWKSBURY with Donna’s Donuts, Vic’s Waffle House, Perfecto’s, Bradford Lantern, Deli King, Route 38 Café, IHOP, & Cracker Barrel or WILMINGTON with As Good As It Gets, Country Chef, Sunny Side Café, Modash Café, Heav’nly Donuts, Starbucks & Panera Bread? For the record, each town has 8 Dunkin Donuts. 

My husband often refers to Rte. 38 as ‘Breakfast Row’ due to the amount of amazing breakfast spots that exist in both towns. However, I have to state, both subjectively and objectively, that Tewksbury has the superior breakfast eateries. Specifically, our favorite spot in town is The Bradford Lantern, with its amazing food and Cabot Cove-esque perfect New England atmosphere. But why stop at breakfast? From Simard’s all the way up to Deli King, there are classic sandwiches to had for lunch — and on and on. Our palates and stomachs are blessed in the 19th Middlesex.

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