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 his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-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 love this question because of the phrasing by Mr. Fasulo, who said it with the statement that these are rights. Firstly, let me say I am a very pro-2nd amendment.
As I was growing up I was taught the importance of both our rights and uses of firearms, and I have my permit application to gain my Class A LTC. Over the years I have fired AR-15s, numerous .22 caliber rifles, and pistols, and come to understand them as tools to be respected and treated well.
Firearms and 2nd amendment legislation is important, and I am by far the most qualified candidate in the race on the matter. Not only will I refile Representative Miceli’s “An act Relative to Constitutional Rights” I was the only one who testified on the matter, on behalf of Representative Miceli, alongside the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL). In addition I am intimately familiar with other legislation put forward to increase firearms rights and safety, such as allowing for a tax deduction for the purchase of a trigger lock, gun safe, and more. Some will say they are pro-firearms, but to know the GOAL representative on a first name basis and have a working relationship with them is an entirely other matter.
I do honestly, and have spoken with many, about the limitations of bump-stocks, trigger modifications and other such devices. While I have spoken to many, and perhaps some will approach me with legitimate uses, I do not see any need for something along those lines in Massachusetts. They are not critical to hunt, for home defense, or for target purposes. The issue with such legislation considered for banning these is that it has poor enforcement provisions and does not compensate anyone who purchased such items legally, nor puts any consideration for potential legitimate use in the future.
#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)
I do, in extraordinarily limited circumstances such as Representative Miceli’s legislation he had me refile annually. I am first and foremost for a system that seeks to deter re-offenders; both us in society and the prisoner gains absolutely nothing by having them waste away in jail. That being said, taking the example of the Tsarnaev brothers or the hijackers of September 11th, some people seek to destroy the very system that sets out to rehabilitate them. Be this by terrorist bombings, assassination, or other attacks on democracy, they seek to destroy our very way of life. In my eyes, these select few people are incapable of being saved, and will go to any extreme to dismantle the system they seek to destroy. In this scenario, as Tsarnaev is in, how can one ever rehabilitate him to the point he can be released again? By the time they were reformed enough to even trust the judicial system, which they fought against, it would be lifetimes. Thus, these extreme criminals are irredeemable and should not be given the chance to radicalize others or attempt their attacks again. I would also like to mention, like firearms, this is a subject I am by far the most familiar on. Given Representative Miceli’s annual refile of the bill, we were almost certainly contacted by the public, colleges, and the media regarding the death penalty and relevant legislation. I became so heavily involved that I was tasked personally by the Representative to draft a debate letter in his name, which he signed off on, to appear in USA Today.
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.
From when I was a kid I have always been a die-hard Deli King fan. In fact, when the high school was delayed for opening due to snow or other issues, it was tradition for a group of us to eat there before hand. Remember beforehand though, bring cash and know what you want before you step up to order, you don’t want to slow down the line that’s usually out the door!
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