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 Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).
#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 2nd Amendment candidate? (submitted by Rob Fasulo of Wilmington)
Some may say never. However, there are valid reasons that individuals who should not be able to seek a gun permit, and to bear arms. The biggest disease in this country is not cancer, aids, diabetes or even obesity, just to name a few. The biggest disease in this country is mental illness. Modern society has changed considerably from the 1700’s when the second amendment was enacted. When you look at all the school shootings; Parkland (17 dead), Columbine (13 dead), Sandy Hook Elementary (27 dead) and Virginia Tech (33 dead), just to name a few. Recently we were horrified to see a mass shooting in Las Vegas where we were hit close to home losing a Tewksbury native at an outdoor concert. These are unacceptable and unnecessary American tragedies. It simply cannot continue.
An immediate effective action is called for. We seemed to solve the issues at airports since 9/11. We need to stop this craziness in America when it comes to these senseless school shootings. We can’t look into a crystal ball, however, if there are signs of instability such as posting threatening or questionable behaviors on social media and within their community in their day to day lives, if you see something, say something. Law enforcement should be notified as soon as possible so that these individuals may lose their second amendment rights after a complete professional evaluation of their mental and emotional stability.
Do you consider yourself a pro-second amendment candidate?
Yes, but with certain conditions:
1. Extensive background checks from our local police departments so that we keep firearms out of the hands who shouldn’t have them.
2. We need mandatory firearm training and certification so that we can be certain that those law-abiding citizens who possess firearms know how to use them responsibly.
3. Make sure we always ban any device that would convert a semi-automatic weapon to a fully-automatic weapon.
4. A mandatory 90-day waiting period to purchase a firearm.
If we were to implement these common sense measures, we could preserve our second amendment rights to bear arms and protect our families and our homes.
#4a) Do you support capital punishment?
#4b) When, if ever, should a person convicted of a crime be put to death by their government?
I graduated from college with a master’s degree in criminal justice. Accordingly, I have done considerable research on this issue. It has always been my belief that we need to have the death penalty as a viable deterrent for violent criminals. Not only should the death penalty apply to those criminals who brutally kill our men and women who put the uniform on every day as police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s, but also should apply to those who kill any citizen. If someone rapes and kills a member of my family or your family, the death penalty should apply.
The last executions were gangsters Phillip Bellino and Edward Gertson on May 9, 1947, for the murder of Robert Williams, a former U.S. Marine. Both were executed via electric chair. Since that time, our state has not become a kinder, gentler place. I am a compassionate man with deep respect for the sanctity of human life. However, my compassion extends to the victims as well as their friends and families. When I think of a monster like Dzhokar Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon bomber), I am convinced some people do not deserve to live.
As your state representative, the safety, security and well-being of my constituents is the most important task in my job description. I truly believe my position on capital punishment supports that belief. As always, if you disagree with my position, I am happy to consider your reasons why.
#4c) Would you support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts?
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.
I’ve never met a breakfast I didn’t like.
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