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Steve Ahlquist is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and founding member of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism, courage and action. The views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of any organization of which he is a member.

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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

One response to “Mobilizing to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers at the State House”

  1. JimK

    ,The domestic abuse victims who support this bill and the legislators who submitted it should be embarrassed by it’s failure to adress the dangers of domestic abuse by one of the largest demographic of domestic abusers, law enforcement.
    Recent studies found that violence is 2-4 times more common among police families than American families in general yet this bill does not require that law enforcement be held to the same standard as the public and alows them to be armed while working. This type of double standard is a slap in the face to every resident of this state and only furthers the divide between the public and law enforcement by continuing to allow police special rights they are not entitled to. These types of extra rights only reinforces the belief that police officers are above the law. Are we to believe that their badge magically makes them immune to the violence associated with domestic issues while on duty and that it wil somehow detur them from commiting such acts while on duty? The hypocrisy of denying due process to the public but granting it to law enforcement is outrageous. If this bill is to be taken seriously it should provide due process for all and not shield a one of the largest demographic of domestic violence from it’s intention.

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