Daily Talker: What Should Be Done To Stop Gun Violence?
A 14-year-old boy from Mattapan charged in the deadly shooting of his 9-year-old brother will be in court on Monday. Police say the teenager, whose name is not being released because of his age, was playing with a gun Friday morning when it accidentally fired.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s working on a gun buyback program to try to get more weapons off the streets, but he admits it’s only a short-term solution.
“We’re talking about thousands of guns that have been confiscated right here in the City of Boston,” said Walsh. “The fact that a 14-year-old had a gun, there’s something wrong with that.”
But some experts question whether gun buy-backs actually work. A Harvard University study done in the mid-1990s found they didn’t get the right kinds of weapons off the street to reduce crime, but supporters say they do raise awareness and help get the community involved.
What do you think? Would a gun buy-back be a good first step for the Mayor to take? Or is there a better way to control gun violence? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00am.