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The Safe Schools Act of 2018
S2289 + H7591
Facts About Safe Schools
Our children do not feel safe in their schools.
Students have energized this issue by speaking out about what it is like to be a member of the “mass shooting” generation.
RI used to be in the lead on school safety.
We are now one of only four states that generally permit concealed carry in K-12 schools, the other 3 are Utah, Oregon, and New Hampshire.
Allowing concealed carry on K-12 schools creates unnecessary risk.
Civilians rarely intervene in shooting incidents and the chance of unintentional injury is extremely high for:
- School Personnel
- Law Enforcement
Assault Weapon Ban
S2493 + H7766
Facts About Assault Weapons
FIVE U.S. Courts of Appeal have upheld state bans on assault weapons.
These cases are based on District of Columbia v. Heller in which the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that regarding the Second Amendment:
“the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
Firearms Most Useful in Military Service
The AR-15 was developed for the military and field tested in Vietnam. It was renamed M16 and became (and still is) a standard issue military weapon in the Army and Air Force, because it was an extremely efficient killing machine:
- Amputations of limbs
- Massive body wounds
Use of High-Capacity Semiautomatics has Increased Dramatically
These same violent deaths and injuries are increasing in shocking numbers. According to a 2017 study authored by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University:
“Analyses also indicate that high-capacity semiautomatics have grown from 33 to 112% as a share of crime guns since the expiration of the federal ban – a trend that has coincided with recent growth in shootings nationalwide.”