Menino Uses Mattapan Massacre Verdict to Talk Gun Control

Shortly after a jury found Dwayne Moore guilty of murdering four people in Mattapan back in 2010, Mayor Tom Menino has issued a statement praising the ruling and bringing the conversation back to a topic on a lot of peoples’ minds this week: gun control. The statement reads, in part:

I commend the jury and the office of Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley for their hard work.  The fact remains, however, that from Mattapan to Newtown, gun violence is a cancer infecting our society. As mayor, I have seen too many lives ended and forever altered, and we should not have to endure one more senseless tragedy before we have a national policy on guns that takes away the loopholes in the laws and removes automatic weapons from our neighborhoods.

With Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, Menino chairs the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. Both he and Bloomberg have been vocal about the need for stricter gun control in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.