Wakefield Victim Had New
But Wasn't Allowed to Protect
Himself in Massachusetts
Source: Boston Herald (Letters)
Published: Friday, Jan 11, 2001
Author: David Bergquist
Louis "Sandy" Javelle was my friend.
On Dec. 26 in Wakefield, he was killed by a madman.
Sandy held both a federal firearms license and
a permit to carry a handgun in New Hampshire. Ironically, the gun laws in
Massachusetts prevented him from carrying a concealed handgun. But these same
laws did not prevent Michael McDermott from obtaining illegal firearms.
When the rampage started, Sandy told co-workers
to lock the door behind him and barricade it. He then confronted McDermott and
became the third victim. If Sandy had been permitted to carry a pistol, he could
have stopped McDermott. That meant that five other people could possible have
survived this tragedy. But Sandy did not have that option.
David Bergquist, Temple, N.H.
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