I was pleased to see state Rep. Tommy Vitolo’s legislative work highlighted in “Eyes on the Statehouse: Rep. Tommy Vitolo reflects on 2023 and his future.” As a volunteer for the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I watched from the state Senate gallery as the Senate version of the gun safety bill that Vitolo supported passed, sponsored by Brookline’s state Sen. Cynthia Creem. We are raising four sons in Brookline and not once have I feared for their safety because of gun violence on our streets. During National Gun Violence Survivors Week, I attended an event in Roxbury, 2.6 miles from my home, to honor and listen to the stories of mothers whose lives have been upended by the unsolved gun homicides of their children. These mothers described years without updates on their children’s cases, compounding their grief with a sense of being forgotten. Most gun homicide cases nationwide are unsolved, and an even larger percentage are unsolved in communities of color. Let’s applaud our legislators for passing bills to prevent gun violence and demand justice for the survivors of gun violence, thereby increasing community trust in police, interrupting cycles of violence, and supporting survivors’ healing.
February 7, 2024