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 | 9 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 | 5 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 | 2 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
By Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2014
“If a horrific mass shooting can occur in my town,” says Newtown’s Po Murray, “it can happen anywhere.”
By Michael McCarthy on October 2, 2014
The capacity for violence that was the midwife of our nation is turning upon itself. What are we to do about our guns? I have a gun problem. And so do you. I have a love of guns, but you probably don’t. I don’t own a single gun, but you might. When my father died, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2014
“Yesterday we gave out hotdogs and hamburgers at Chad Brown,” said speaker Kobi Dennis, of Project Night Vision and other programs aimed at curbing inner city violence, “That was fun, but guess what? That was for the kids. This is grown-up time right now.” Grown-up time means Jim Vincent, president of the Rhode Island NAACP, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2014
Too often we in Providence, and more broadly we in Rhode Island, react to the gun violence tearing apart our communities as an issue specifically confined to the inner city. The problem does not impact the vast majority of us, because we don’t live in the projects, and our concern is only brought to bear […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2014
Congressman David Cicilline held a press conference this morning in Lippitt Park in Providence ahead of National ASK Day (June 21), a day organized nationally by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and supported locally by the Rhode Island Coalition Agains Gun Violence (RICAGV). “ASK (Asking Saves Kids) aims to reduce unintentional firearm deaths […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on June 1, 2014
Early Sunday morning (about 1am), I received an unsolicited Facebook-Messenger attack. I can only imagine it was a response to my most recent opinion piece on the hearing befor Senate Finance on the 10% supplemental excise tax on guns and ammunition. Although, I cannot be certain. What I am certain of, however, is the remarkably […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on May 30, 2014
The members of the Senate Committee on Finance had already made up their minds to dismiss any potential value offered by the proposed legislation long before Senator Gayle Goldin, the bill’s prime sponsor, explained it. Senate Bill 2318 would impose a 10% supplemental excise tax on firearms and ammunition to be distributed to city, town, […]
By Bob Plain on May 29, 2014
Imagine how much safer Rhode Island would be if police departments and nonviolence nonprofits were incentivized to work together to reduce gun violence? The Senate Finance Committee will consider a bill today that would do exactly that. Known as the guns and ammo tax, the legislation would put an additional 10 percent tax on the […]