Please allow me to correct an earlier post regarding Tuesday’s vote in the Judiciary Committee on Governor Patrick’s crime bill, An Act to Reduce Firearm Violence, H. 4102.
I am Nancy Robinson, quoted in the Globe story on the committee’s vote. I run Citizens for Safety, a statewide organization working to combat illegal gun trafficking.
My coalition has been involved in advocacy efforts to pass the Governor’s crime bill, and we followed last Tuesday’s vote very closely.
Senator Creem did not botch the vote. It was the committee’s co-chair, Rep. Gene O’Flaherty, who neglected to count 2 valid votes from Senators Hart and McGee in his final tally. No one, not even Rep. O’Flaherty, disputes that the actual final vote, the one that should have been recorded, was 6-4 in favor of passing the crime bill out of committee.
Sen. Creem has long been a champion of legislation to curb the supply of illegal guns to criminals. O’Flaherty–not so much. To lay the blame on Cynthia Creem is not only a distortion of the truth, it harms our current efforts to press House leadership to correct O’Flaherty’s error and move this critical piece of legislation forward.