Statement by RICAGV on San Bernadino Mass Shooting

Providence, Rhode Island – December 3, 2015 – Another day in America and another mass shooting.  This time, more than 30 victims with at least 14 dead  at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities in San Bernadino, CA.  Our thoughts are with the families of the dead and injured.

 A complicit Congress, whose re-election campaign skids are greased by contributions funneled to the National Rifle Association by the gun industry is drowning in the blood of Americans.  While the gun industry laughs on its way to the bank, the families and friends of the victims cry on their way to the cemeteries.  Too long have we been quiet in the face of the NRA's hysterical fear-mongering to whip up gun sales.  Too long have we accepted Congress’s failure to enact laws that will save lives.  Too long have we been condemned  to a daily onslaught of gun violence, that kills and injures nearly 120,000 Americans every year.

 Even locally, the Rhode Island legislature has refused to take up legislation banning high capacity magazines over 10 rounds, they have refused to address the fact that guns may now be carried on K-12 School properties in RI, and they have refused to vote on sensible legislation to keep guns from convicted domestic violence abusers.

We can at least do something in Rhode Island.  We urge every Rhode Islander to pick up the phone, pick up a pen or get to your email and call or write your State Senator and State Representative  and tell them to limit the magazine capacity of firearms to 10 rounds, ban concealed carry of firearms at our elementary schools and prohibit convicted domestic violence abusers from possessing firearms.  Oh, and tell them your vote depends on it, because this time aound you are voting on a single issue.  We can start at home and work our way up to Washington because, really, enough is enough.

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