By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2016
What has to change in Rhode Island before common sense gun legislation can be passed? Mattiello has an A+ (100 percent) rating with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Senate President M Teresa Paiva-Weed has an A (93 percent) rating from the NRA.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Frank Saccoccio, Jerry Belair, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Second Amendment Coalition | 10 Responses
By Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island on January 7, 2016
We applaud President Obama for engaging in serious, reasonable conversation about gun violence. He is doing this on the heels of issuing an Executive Order to expand background checks for gun sales, something that Americans overwhelmingly support.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News | Tagged Barack Obama, Eugene Dyszlewski, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island | Leave a response
By RICAGV on January 5, 2016
None of what the President ordered adversely affects the rights of Americans to firearms except for criminals or people with mental health issues that are prohibited from possession of a gun.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News | Tagged Alcohol, ATF&E, background checks, Barack Obama, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Firearms and Explosives, gun lobby, National Instant Criminal Background System, NCIS, RICAGV, tobacco | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2015
Despite the steady, deadly drumbeat of mass shootings and the hysteria being generated by the Republican presidential front runner over refugees and Muslims, forces are beginning to coalesce around a series of reforms to our gun laws on both the sate and national level.
Posted in Gun Control, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Farid Ansari, Frank Saccocio, gene Dyszlewski, guns, interfaith, islam, Jametta Alston, Jennifer Smith Boylan, linda finn, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Second Free Will Baptist Church, Vigil | 1 Response
By Jonathan Jacobs on December 10, 2015
“I believe the Second Amendment was written to ensure states had armed militia to protect themselves,” said Carl T. Bogus, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law and a prolific writer of scholarly material on Second Amendment history. “The history and wording of the amendment, by James Madison, was to ensure they would remain […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on November 29, 2015
The firearms industry and the consumers who rally against the notion of gun-safety measures do so using a public face of constitutional nobility. The rhetoric is one of rights and revolution as well as self defense for gun owners and their families. Yet, recently I was inadvertently given a glimpse into the world of the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2015
With the debate on guns in the United States taking a long slow turn against the intractable positions of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and towards instituting common sense gun legislation, it is only a matter of time before the RICAGV starts making real progress in the RI General Assembly.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Elections, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged James Langevin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Voter ID, Women, Youth | Tagged Mike Araujo, One Fair Wage Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2015
Rhode Island is one of eight states that “continues to fail at submitting records of dangerously mentally ill people who are prohibited from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, gene Dyszlewski, guns, Jack Warner, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, National Rifle Association, newtown, Nicholas Mattiello, NICS, NRA, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free RI, Virginia Tech | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2015
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP-Providence Branch, connected the racism of the alleged shooter with the rash of church burnings throughout the south and with the racist leaflets recently dropped in East Greenwich.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Carol Thomas-Davis, Charleston, Gabe Amo, gene Dyszlewski, Grace Episcopal Church, Gwendolyn Howard, jim vincent, Jonathan Huyck, jorge elorza, NAACP, One Voice, Reginald E Mitchell, Shavon Starling-Louis, Wayne Franklin | Leave a response
By Nancy Green on June 20, 2015
All nurses see mental illness up close and personal. Even those trained to treat diabetes rather than delusions. Mental illness is neither uncommon nor separate from physical illness. People with conditions like schizophrenia are not necessarily acting much different from the rest of us, especially if they are getting effective treatment. Whether we know it […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2015
When testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on bills that would bring state law in line with federal law and close the loophole allowing misdemeanor domestic abusers to keep their guns, Frank Saccoccio, representing the Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, insisted that he was in no way defending domestic abusers. It’s surely not his intent […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged cale keable, domestic abuse, Frank Saccoccio, Julia Wyman, Rachel Orsinger, Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2015
According to a new poll, “80 percent of Rhode Islanders support a proposal to change state law so that a person convicted of domestic violence or a person subject to a domestic violence protective order cannot buy or possess a gun.”
Posted in Featured, Gun Control | Tagged domestic violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, guns, Jennifer Smith Boylan, Rally Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, second amendment | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 17, 2015
Over 350 people in support of the Rally Against Gun Violence at the State house Thursday afternoon. The event was organized by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV), made up of over 60 groups representing 100,000 Rhode Islanders.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged Bishop Knisely, Doreen Costa, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, james diossa, jorge elorza, Julia Wyman, Myra Latimer-Nichols, newtown, NRA, Rally Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Sheryl Albright, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, Steven Pare, Teny Gross, Wendy Bowen | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2015
“She called the police and had him arrested. He was charged, had to go through a trial, and he lost. They said he violated the protective order. That case went to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and it was overturned. But something as simple as that, ‘How are you doing?’ and you could be right in the middle of this [law], losing your firearms, and you could be convicted of that.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Comerford & Saccoccio, domestic violence, Evelyn Burgos, Frank Saccoccio, restraining order, Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, senate judiciary | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2015
The upshot of this legal maze of Federal and State law is that guns too often remain in the hands of domestic abusers, and the statistics on the intersection of guns and domestic abuse are stark.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2015
The law seems quite clear when it states that, “No person shall have in his or her possession any kind of firearm or other weapons on school grounds,” but there is a curious exception. Under another law on the books it is stated that a person with a concealed carry permit may carry their weapon “everywhere.” Presumably, this means schools.
Posted in Education, Featured, Gun Control, National News, State House | Tagged CCP, Concealed Carry Permits, Department of Education, General Assembly, Julia Wyman, newtown, RI Attorney General, RICAGV | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 12, 2014
“Along the way I learned from my sister that the principal of Sandy Hook, a colleague and friend that I knew well, had died along with many children. This was hard for me to hear and not cry, but I could not fall apart in front of my students…”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2014
“What good are our rights if you are violating them?” asked the mother, “Our kids feel the way they do [about the police] because they feel disrespected. They don’t trust you. I’m a black woman. I’ve been pulled over six times in my life for no reason.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged community policing, police, Providence, Providence Police, Racial Profiling | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
As I listened to Grover Norquist address the crowd of about eighty people at the swanky and exclusive Squantum Association in East Providence on Thursday afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder if the slick conservative operative knew what he was talking about.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Constitutional Convention, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Labor, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged constitutional convention, grover norquist, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity | 2 Responses