Attorney General candidate and Watertown resident Warren Tolman spoke out this week against a video released by the National Rifle Association pushing for arming the blind.
Tolman called the video exploitative, according to a statement released by his campaign.
“The National Rifle Association’s lone goal is to stop any efforts that try to make our communities safer, despite the fact that we’ve lost 50,000 people to gun deaths since the Newtown tragedy,” Tolman said. “I have worked closely with the Perkins School for the Blind and advocates for more than a decade and I support their incredible work to enhance the lives of the visually impaired. The fact that the NRA would exploit blind people to push their extreme agenda with this insensitive video is just wrong.
“As Attorney General, I will not back down when the NRA tries to stop common sense gun reform in Massachusetts and I will stand up to them to make smart gun technology a reality.”
Steven Rothstein, the former president of the Perkins School for the Blind, joined Tolman in expressing concern and frustration with the video, according to the release.
“The National Rifle Association’s video calling on blind people to be given guns is extremely upsetting.” said Rothstein, who spent 11 years as president of the Perkins School for the Blind. “This video is not only disturbing but also misleading and they are using individuals who are visually impaired in a cynical attempt to further their extremist position on gun control.”
Tolman Lands Endorsement from Bay State Banner
The Bay State Banner, which has chronicled key issues in Boston’s African-American community for the last 50 years, endorsed Tolman for Attorney General on Wednesday. Banner publisher Melvin B. Miller praised Tolman as the best choice for protecting our communities from violence and reforming the criminal justice system:
“Tolman has earned the hostility of the National Rifle Association with his advocacy of a law to require that guns sold in Massachusetts must be so-called “smart guns” — those with a personalized trigger mechanism. He also wants to establish a direct AG outreach to assist district attorneys in violent neighborhoods.
Once in office, Tolman would be absorbed in resolving many of the criminal justice problems that plague the community. Banner readers should support and vote for Warren Tolman for attorney general.”
Tolman was also interviewed recently by NECN at a diner in Dorchester. See the video by clicking here: http://www.necn.com/news/politics/Taking-a-Look-at-the-Mass-Attorney-Generals-Democratic-Primary-270067331.html