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John Rosenthal
John Rosenthal is the President of Meredith Management. He is a successful real estate developer and manager in Massachusetts who has distinguished himself in his ability to balance corporate and individual responsibility. In addition to owning a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties he also founded two successful non-profit corporations: Friends of Boston’s Homeless and Stop Handgun Violence.

John founded the Friends of Boston’s Homeless in 1987. The Friends is a partnership with the City of Boston, has raised over $20,000,000, serves 800 people every night and helps transition more than 150 formerly homeless men and women in Boston beyond shelter with housing and full-time jobs each year.

In October 1995, as a gun owner, recreational Trap Shooter and businessperson John founded Stop Handgun Violence. The organization has been symbolized by a large 252 feet long and 20 feet high biilboard that he built on the side of a parking garage that he owns along the Massachusetts Turnpike near Boston’s Fenway Park. The billboard campaign has dramatically communicated the extent of the national gun violence problem as well as practical solutions and need for effective uniform national gun laws and initiatives.

Stop Handgun Violence was the lead advocate for Massachusetts enacting the most comprehensive gun laws and first in the nation consumer protection regulations for firearms and MA is among the top three states with the lowest firearm fatality rate (3.2 per vs. 10.6 per 100,000 popoulation national average) in the United States.

In 2005 John co-founded a new membership organization called American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA). AHSA is an alternative membership organization to the NRA for moderate gun owners who care about gun rights as well as gun safety, conservation and wildlife habitat and support for law enforcement.

Entries by John Rosenthal

Another Day, Another Mass Shooting and 86 Dead From Gun Violence in America

(361) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 10:22 AM

Less than a week ago, a reporter and a cameraman were killed on live television. The media was flooded with stories about the shooting throughout the week and into the weekend. But today, just six days later, the media has moved on. Today the headlines are about Miley Cyrus's outfits...

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Gun Sale Background Check 'Breakdown' by NRA Design

(275) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:15 PM

Last Friday, the FBI announced that the Charleston AME shooter, Dylann Roof, failed to pass a background check, but was able to legally purchase the gun under the current law. Under current federal law, a purchase from a federally licensed firearm dealer must be cleared, or denied, by the FBI...

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Gun Violence: 5 Films Worth Watching

(10) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Tonight, HBO will air a new documentary on gun violence in America. The film, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, highlights the gruesome deaths of just a few of the 30,000 victims of gun violence that died in the United States in 2014.

Directors, Nick Doob and Shari...

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Do Black People's Lives Matter? Not to the NRA

(17) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 1:27 PM

In February 2012, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen. When Zimmerman failed to be convicted of murder under the "Stand Your Ground" laws of Florida, three women activists started the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. The campaign gained traction and began to spread like wildfire after the killing of another...

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Why I Support Gun Rights and Gun Laws

(318) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:18 AM

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Around 1990, I was living part-time in rural Vermont. My wife and I had horses at the time and frequently she would be alone while I was working in Boston. It was during this time period that I bought my first 20-gauge shotgun. I hoped...

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National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law Will Increase Gun Violence

(402) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:59 PM

On the evening of February 26, 2012, a 28-year-old man with a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Florida, reported a suspicious person in his neighborhood to the local police. Despite being told by the 911 dispatchers to stay in his car and not engage the person, the man...

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Safe Gun Storage Saves Lives

(54) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:30 AM

This week in Harris County, Texas three young children were shot with unsecured guns found by children. Two of these children are dead due to accidental self-inflicted wounds. One of the children, aged 6, remains hospitalized after being shot by a younger brother. Each...

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Bullets Leave Holes

(10) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:20 PM


In 1998, the organization I founded, Stop Handgun Violence, hung a 252' X 20' billboard over the Mass Turnpike in Boston with the phrase "Bullets Leave Holes" on it. It included a picture of four young boys at their first communion, with a...

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The Politics and Profits of Gun Violence -- Follow the Money

(40) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Everyone in business knows there's good money and bad money. A fair interest rate and a patient investor is far better than a usury rate and a short term loan with a big balloon payment. Unfortunately in politics, where most elected officials "have a price" for their votes and self-preservation...

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Smart Gun Technology Will Save Lives

(11) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:26 PM

On the morning of December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot 20 six and seven year old children and six school staff. While much of the last year's debate has focused on the fact that a background check would not have prevented Adam Lanza...

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Cerberus Capital: Profiting From Guns and Gun Violence

(30) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:12 PM

Many successful businesses benefit from vertical integration and supply chain management. By controlling markets and inputs of a product you can limit competition, keep costs low and profits high. But when it comes to the health industry, the idea of hospitals having an interest in deadly firearms and ammunition, a...

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Stand Your Ground Laws or License to Kill Without a Cause?

(510) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 6:59 PM

The Trayvon Martin case has shed light not only on the effects of a misguided and inherently dangerous law, but also on the psychological effects of carrying a gun and the paranoia and/or bravado that may result.

First, let's make no mistake. The verdict in the George Zimmerman case had...

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Not Just for the Movies: Bond Smart Gun Would Save Lives

(118) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:22 PM

"The biggest threat to children's safety regarding guns... are the guns found around their homes," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, during our recent event on gun violence prevention. No one knows this better than Ann Marie Crowell, whose son Brian was killed...

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Arming Criminals and Terrorists in the US

(40) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Our law enforcement, and especially the FBI, do a phenomenal job keeping us safe and preventing domestic terrorist acts. The recent terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon and the slaughter at Sandy Hook, however, have exposed some extreme limitations that have handicapped those same members of our law enforcement as...

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We Are to Blame for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

(116) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 5:00 PM

We are all struggling to understand why such a horrific tragedy could befall 20 innocent six and seven year old children and their caregivers at an elementary school in America. Any thinking person has to wonder, how is it possible that anyone would senselessly gun down twenty beautiful children and...

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Enough Dead Children From Gun Violence!

(43) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 11:54 AM

Twenty innocent children and 27 dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

It was a similar massacre that occurred at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA in 1989 (six children killed and 30 children wounded) that finally led to the 1994 Federal Ban on Assault Weapons, which...

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Congress: Time to Stand Up to the Gun Lobby

(19) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Once again we come together to mourn the loss of six more innocent Americans who were killed last Sunday at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The second mass shooting in two weeks was no less tragic and no less preventable. In response, we've heard our elected officials offer...

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Shame on Congress -- Renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban!

(179) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 9:12 PM

The problem is clear. And the solution should be just as clear. But with the dust settling from the Aurora tragedy, and both presidential candidates eager to return to safe campaigning grounds, it seems that the message might again be lost, and gun laws will remain an untouched political issue.

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Standing Your Ground in the NRA's America

(37) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 11:15 AM

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has systematically manipulated Congress and many State Legislatures into adopting dangerous gun policies, allowing virtually unrestricted and undetectable access to powerful firearms by criminals including gang members, convicted felons and terrorists. These policies combined with the Stand Your Ground (Shoot First and Ask Questions Later)...

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Sen. Scott Brown: Support Massachusetts Jobs Not Polluters

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 2:27 PM

As a long time member of the Massachusetts business community I am very disappointed in Sen. Scott Brown's recent votes that will harm the clean energy engine of economic recovery. When he was a state Senator, Brown supported great initiatives like the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Communities...

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