WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in his own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).
#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform)
I’ll kill two birds with one stone here. First, I break hard with the more left elements of the democratic party with respect to sanctuary cities. As I’ve said before, immigration is a federal matter, and while I hate that families are separated by ICE (why they do this and increase logistical complication, I am unsure), ICE is an integral part of our national sovereignty. Sure, there are plenty of ways it can be improved, but to abolish it outright because our system is slow and ineffective is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Hiring additional officers, allocating more people to conduct background checks and to process paperwork is what’s needed, not leaving the post abandoned completely.
I am also completely opposed to any sort of state ID’s or drivers licenses who aren’t legal residents (and hold a green-card, etc.) and I am deadset opposed and worried over proposals to give voting rights to illegal immigrants in local elections. Men and women have fought and died to protect that right of citizens, and it should be reserved for citizens. Granting illegal aliens the right to vote in local elections undermines the wishes of tax-paying citizens, and is offensive to those who spent the time, effort, and money to legally become citizens. I personally liked the proposal put forth by Republican President Reagan, where a mass registration of those here illegally occurred, and those who committed additional crimes were deported. However, the federal government also needs to find a way to streamline the process that applicants for entry into the US are approved or rejected, as the backlog and timeline are the most cited reason for people trying to illegally enter. I would join with the Republicans on ensuring that Massachusetts residents come first and foremost.
Secondly, I am a member of a rod and gun club, and believe that firearms safety can be approved in a way that does not curtail our second amendment freedoms. This tends to be a a more Republican issue, but also one of a conservative Democrat like myself. Things such as promoting gun safes, trigger locks, and more by offering tax deductions, alleviating rushed background checks and overburdened police systems by funding such processes adequately, and ensuring the state has uniform gun laws are all common sense approaches that I am a fan of. I do not support owning something larger than a .50 caliber rifle, but I do know the importance of firearms with regards to hunting, farming, self-defense, and more, and I believe the state has ignored firearms owners issues. Right now firearms owners pay license fees and more, but the services they provide are underwhelming to put it politely. They often wait months for background checks to clear from the state police, and as a result are stuck in limbo until they call enough times to become a squeaky wheel or wait it out. I also believe that towns creating and allowing or banning certain firearms will lead to mass confusion, innocent owners being arrested, and courts overwhelmed with cases that aren’t worthy of hearing. Imagine if Andover allowed .22 rifles, but Tewksbury and Lowell didn’t. To get to Chelmsford, where the gun is theoretically allowed, a law-abiding, fully licensed gun owner from Andover would have to drive a crazy route around Lowell/Tewksbury or risk arrest! As I said when I testified in support of this bill alongside GOAL, we standardized the building code, we have a standard for cars and trucks, why isn’t it the same for firearms?
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