STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses His 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 his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mark Kratman (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 2nd Amendment candidate? (submitted by Rob Fasulo of Wilmington)  

My interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is that it was written to protect the right of the people to keep and bear arms as part of the first 10 amendments and was adopted on December 15, 1791. I strongly believe in the 2nd amendment the same way I believe in the freedom of speech.  Residents have every right to bear arms for their own personnel protection and for use for hunting or recreational purposes. With that said I do believe in the local legislation that was passed to keep arms away from individuals that have been deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

#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 believe in capital punishment for anyone who kills a police officer in the line of duty.

This is not something that I take lightly. I believe in rehabilitation but too often killers in our commonwealth have been set free by the courts only to commit or try to commit murder once again. There was a case where a Boston Police Officer and father of three children was killed in 1993 by a murderer during an attempted escape. Prior to that he was convicted of manslaughter for killing a mother who was a store clerk in 1986 during a robbery for less than 30 dollars. He served only 7 years for killing the clerk and was released and once free murdered the Boston Police Officer. He was released from a Massachusetts prison in 2009, only to be locked up again in 2010 for trying to run over Cranston Police Officers during a chase. He was once again released in May of this year. How can you tell the children of the mother and father that he killed that this is justice?

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 favorite breakfast spot is the Bradford Lantern in Tewksbury and you will usually find me there on the weekends with my family. Donna’s Donuts cannot be beat for the size and freshness of their donuts. My daughters and I are frequently at Starbucks for a frappuccino. It is nice to have so many choices in our communities.

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