Tell the NRA: not in RI

The campaign for common-sense gun reform in Rhode Island is in trouble.  Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Paiva-Weed both support the strong bills Governor Chafee introduced, but they have described them as a starting point for talks.  And it is not looking good.  State Rep. Linda Finn tells me, “Rhode Islanders favor an assault weapons ban by a margin of 64% to 27%, but we aren’t hearing from them.  We’re just hearing from the NRA.”

Here's what the anti-reform crowd looked like at the Senate Judiciary Hearing last Thursday.

Here’s what the anti-reform crowd looked like at the Senate Judiciary Hearing last Thursday.

The gun lobby is running ads and flooding state legislators with calls and emails.  If we want to keep Rhode Island from becoming yet another NRA victory, we need you to take action.  Here’s what you can do.

Send emails to your state legislators using this link:

http://www.blastroots.com/campaign/RImoms

Use this link to look up your state legislators’ phone numbers, and give them a call:

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

And join us at the state house tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1) for the House committee hearing.  At the Senate hearing, we were outnumbered ten to one.  The hearing will start around 5:00 and go until around midnight, but we need people starting at noon, so come when you can and leave when you need to.  Our staging area will be Room 7A in the basement.

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I am the Rhode Island State Coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America. My primary interest is Rhode Island's economy and what we can do to fix it.

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