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MASS. GOP CANDIDATES CALL FOR GUNS IN SCHOOLS

By Stephanie Murray
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

WILBRAHAM, MASS., MARCH 11, 2018...In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering tightening gun laws and urging other states to adopt strict laws already on the books here. At a Republican Town Committee meeting in Wilbraham on Thursday, three GOP hopefuls struck a different tone.

"We should have concealed carry in the schools. I was the first person since Parkland to advocate for that," said controversial Springfield pastor Scott Lively, who is running for governor. "If you don't have armed teachers and staff then the kids are going to be vulnerable to whoever comes in the door."

Lively, who has previously run for governor, criticized the Republican State Committee for waiving its primary neutrality rule and supporting Gov. Charlie Baker. Lively said he filed a complaint with Attorney General Maura Healey, but believes his anti-gay views will keep him from getting a fair shake. Lively is the co-author of the "The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party" which has been criticized by historians.


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