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Boston Police Say Residents Do Not 'Need' to Own Shotguns, Rifles

by William Vaughns | July 25, 2014

Residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

Boston's top cop made that statement Wednesday on Boston Public Radio in response to Massachusetts state senator Stan Rosenberg's position that there are already "sufficient controls" on long guns at the federal level, giving no need for new state laws that grant police additional powers to deny ownership to citizens.

According to WGBH, Evans responded:

I don't agree with that. Having long guns--rifles and shotguns--especially here in the city of Boston. I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter. [And] the federal [government] doesn't really allow us to have the discretion that we want in these particular cases.

...For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle.


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The Boston PD should lead by example.

If the 'Boston Police' (All of them? One of them? Some of them?) are truly 'community leaders' then they ought to lead by example and disarm themselves by no longer keeping these weapons themselves.

"Electricity Free Zone" sales pitch setup.

Prospective client prepared for life insurance sales pitch. Electric Chair at Sing Sing Prison, circa 1900.

Warden (sales pitch):
I am in charge, to speed you on your way,
So that the State will suffer no delay.
I watch the clock, and give the final sign,
And order up your bed of quickened lime.

Officer: (sales pitch):
In uniform, I represent the Law,
That all good citizens must hold in awe.
My presence here officially attests,
That for your crime this punishment is best.

Electricity "free range" photograph. Life insurance sold separately.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Maybe "They don't need knives or even fists either?"

Following the logic that "One can defend his own life, but only in the limited fashion described..."

IT FOLLOWS THEN that maybe we could also take away "the right" to protect oneself with your fists, objects that fit into the hand, or any blunt or sharp object.


Now the world can just be Nerf.


has always been a disgrace.

Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels said the same thing. So did Lavrentiy Beria.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

Because MA's laws on permits are not strict enough...

Ug, this makes me so frustrated! We already have "May Issue" laws for concealed carry and handguns (class A and B) already. People aren't going around carrying shotguns and rifles on the streets of Boston. Low capacity rifles and shotguns are only reasonably used for hunting and sport and property defense. Which the people of Boston have just as much right in the city as anywhere else in the state, and that permit should not be made "may issue!" It is the only permit that is Shall Issue in MA -- this isn't about the safety or purpose of shotguns and rifles, it is about police wanting all control to any gun ownership.


are always telling people what they need and don't need; what they should have and what they shouldn't; what they should do and what they should not do; what everyone should love and what should be hated. They are a race of nannies.
H. L. Mencken once said "Puritanism is the haunting fear that somewhere someone might be happy." That is the history of Massachusetts since its founding.

[F]orce can only settle questions of power, not of right. - Clyde N. Wilson

TwelveOhOne's picture

From GOAL's email today

Note: GOAL is MA's Gun Owners' Action League. Rest of this comment is from their email.

Final Word - Well Said
We posted the video of Commissioner Evans' comments on our Facebook page last night, it instantly went viral and over 100 people have left comments.

This one stood out: "A man who carries a gun himself and has the authority to lock people in a cage saying "Nobody else needs a gun" is a terrifying thing."

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What nobody needs...

...assuming they are all armed...is a dipshit cop who seriously belongs elsewhere...

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

He's the authority?

Oh, the people don't need shotguns or rifles? And if they don't need them, they shouldn't have them? Interesting argument. Let's see, what else do they not need?

Blue dye. Heck, any fabric dye is not NEEDED. Nobody is going to freeze to death without indigo coloring.

Candy. It rots your teeth.

Alcohol. Enough said.

Cell phones. We did just fine before we had them.

Cash. Everything ought to be digital.

Wall decorations.


Extra gasoline. Learn to carpool or use public transportation or go electric, evil earth haters.

Fancy clothes

Bakinis. Oh, wait ... never mind.

One piece swim suits. Come on, when you swim, you don't need the extra fabric weighing you down.

Gay marriage. Totally a waste of energy.

Marriage at all. People can just live with each other without that unnecessary ceremony junk.

Musical instruments. Not necessary for survival.


Flip flops

Trials. A cop's word is gold and is all that is necessary.

The list could just go on and on and on about what someone can arbitrarily decide what other people NEED.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

free society

In a free society a person decides for himself what weapons he would like to own not a local,state or federal government.

When a person decides to

When a person decides to cease being an individual and instead become a part of a collective society, then they have no need for self defense. They have no authority to possess a firearm. They become the property of the state.

You see, members of a collectivist society exchange their natural rights of self defense and private property for the state given rights of free food, free housing and free healthcare. Individuals in a collective society are the property of the state and are disarmed for the safety of the state.

It is understood that some subjects in a collective society will lose (sacrifice) their lives because they are defenseless. This is your duty in exchange for what the state provides to you.

Welcome to a Progressive America.

And who made him God to say

And who made him God to say that? The right of self defense, whether it be by ball bat, knife or gun, is a natural right bestowed upon each individual by the Creator. Anyone who attacks that natural right is not fit to hold public office.

No One "Needs" Freedom Of Religion Or Speech Either

Rights have nothing to do with need.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

The Rights of the Colonists Adopted by the Town of Boston, 1772

The Rights of the Colonists Adopted by the Town of Boston, November 20, 1772

[Boston elected body publishes principles held by man. This document gives light to the original intent of the principles restated in our Declaration of Independence.]

1st. Natural Rights of the Colonists as Men.

Among the Natural Rights of the Colonists are these First a Right to Life; Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to support and defend them in the best manner they can—Those are evident Branches of, rather than deductions from the Duty of Self Preservation, commonly called the first Law of Nature...

When Men enter into Society, it is by voluntary consent; and they have a right to demand and insist upon the performance of such conditions, And previous limitations as form an equitable original compact.—

Every natural Right not expressly given up or from the nature of a Social Compact necessarily ceded remains.

All positive and civil laws, should conform as far as possible, to the Law of natural reason and equity.

### Among those Rights are the following; which no men or body of men, consistently with their own rights as men and citizens or members of society, can for themselves give up, or take away from others... ####

First. "The first fundamental positive law of all Commonwealths or States, is the establishing the legislative power; as the first fundamental natural law also, which is to govern even the legislative power itself, is the preservation of the Society." (footnote: Locke on Government [sec. 134]. Salus Populi Suprema Lex esto— ["Let the safety of the people be the supreme law." Locke, sec. 158])

Secondly. The Legislative has no right to absolute arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people: Nor can mortals assume a prerogative, not only too high for men, but for Angels; and therefore reserved for the exercise of the Deity alone.

"The Legislative cannot Justly assume to itself a power to rule by extempore arbitrary decrees; but it is bound to see that Justice is dispensed, and that the rights of the subjects be decided, by promulgated, standing and known laws, and authorized independent Judges;" that is independent as far as possible of Prince or People. "There shall be one rule of Justice for rich and poor; for the favorite in Court, and the Countryman at the Plough." (footnote: Locke [sec. 136, 142] —)

Thirdly. The supreme power cannot Justly take from any man, any part of his property without his consent, in person or by his Representative.

[From Writings of Samuel Adams, ed. Cushing, 2:350-369. ]

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

If no one needs them...

Then the cops can go first.

robot999's picture

What they DON'T NEED


"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

"Need" is one of the cops' favorite words.

"I need you to do...this or that." "You need to...blah blah blah" Maddening and condescending.



Ya know...

I don't think cops need guns really. I think a billy club is really all they need.

Gilligan's picture

Yes, along with some education.


Google is government.

lookin an awful lot like we are Palestinian and cops are Israeli

these days... I'm gonna have a heart attack if i keep coming to DP and all I see is hypocrisy winning every time.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Translation "They don't need the constitution"

Don't police officers take an oath to uphold the constitution as well? Makes me wonder how many of them actually read it and take it seriously.

Boston was named in this part of Patrick Henry's famous speech

Somehow, it seems appropriate to remember now, eh? "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."

"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston!"

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass