By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
The NRA’s “attacks on the First Amendment, while touting a literal and absolutist misinterpretation of the Second is at best hypocrisy and at worst a threat to our democracy and its defenders.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
Despite the NRA paying a record fine for making illegal campaign donations to Rhode Island politicians, to date, not one current office holder in the state has seen fit to return the money. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was fined by the RI Board of Elections for funneling illegal donations to RI politicians, including House […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Gun Control, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Board of Elections, RI Democratic Party, Sam Bell | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Jan Malik “has happily accepted money and support from the NRA and the gun lobby for years. In fact, he currently holds an A+ rating with the NRA.” Knight continued, “But it’s time he stand up for the people of this district and join the fight for common sense measures to prevent further tragedy.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
In the galley, over a half dozen people representing Moms Demand Action stood up and left, tired of the meaningless platitudes and prayers being offered by our legislators.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Deborah Ruggiero, Jennifer Smith Boylan, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Pulse, william murphy | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
The State House will be a raucous, contentious place this evening as a series of bills dealing with guns will be heard in the House Judiciary meeting in room 101 at the rise of the House, around 4:30-5pm.
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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, Corporate Greed, 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 | 7 Responses
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.
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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).
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.
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By Samuel Bell on January 16, 2014
The Board of Elections has settled with the NRA for the sum of $63,000. In September, I filed a campaign finance complaint against the NRA on behalf of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, alleging that the NRA’s Rhode Island PAC was illegally funded by the national NRA PAC. In the consent order laying out the terms […]
By Samuel Bell on December 18, 2013
On Saturday, the people of Exeter spoke decisively. Rejecting the gun lobby’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2012 election, they overwhelmingly voted against the recall of the four Democrats on the five-member town council. But will this matter for the issue this whole election was fought over—fixing the small town’s “shall issue” concealed […]
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By Bob Plain on December 16, 2013
Rhode Islanders have officially survived more than half of the holiday season without having to hear from John DePetro, though GoLocal reports (mindsets?) the notoriously nasty morning shock jock will be back on WPRO tomorrow morning
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2013
The recall election in Exeter, scheduled for December 14th, is being pushed through mostly by out-of-town gun rights zealots intent on punishing the Exeter Town Council for trying to enact a minor change in the law regarding the concealed weapon permit system. Rhode Island State Representative Doreen Costa has been involved in this issue from […]
By Bob Plain on October 24, 2013
The local political action committee for NRA has gone away, according to the state Board of Elections. And Sam Bell of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats thinks it might be because his group filed a campaign finance complaint against them. “As far as we are aware, the Board of Elections has yet to issue a […]
By Bob Plain on September 9, 2013
The Rhode Island chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America accused the NRA of violating campaign finance laws by using a national political action committee to fund its local PAC here. The complaint alleges that the local NRA PAC is lying on campaign disclosure forms when it claims to have received at least 1,500 donations […]
By Bob Plain on May 1, 2013
Just like it did in Congress, it looks like the NRA will beat back stricter gun laws at the Rhode Island State House as well, reports Sam Bell of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats. “Rhode Islanders favor an assault weapons ban by a margin of 64% to 27%, but we aren’t hearing from them,” Rep. […]
By Bob Plain on March 5, 2013
Something nefarious happened last week at the State House in regards to reforming the state’s gun control laws, and it wasn’t that an NRA lobbyist came to push his conservative agenda. It’s that Teny Oded Gross was the only member of the public to ask him to take it elsewhere. ‘It’s a deceitful organization,” Oded […]
By Erik Loomis on February 27, 2013
In May 1998, I was driving through east Texas. I pulled off at a restaurant to grab a bite to eat. I grabbed a newspaper to catch the headlines. I turned the folded paper over and received perhaps the biggest shock of my life. Mrs. Kinkel, my high school Spanish teacher in Springfield, Oregon, where […]