Fighting to Reduce Gun Violence in Rhode Island
Our coalition of more than 100 partner organizations includes over 120,000 Rhode Islanders united in the effort to reduce gun violence.
Join us at our 6th Annual Fundraiser
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6 to 8pm
at the Casino at Roger Williams Park
2019 Legislative Agenda
We’re working hard to pass common sense legislation to help keep Rhode Island citizens and law enforcement officers safer.
Safe Schools Act
Keeping kids and teachers safe by prohibiting guns on all school grounds with sensible exceptions.
No Large Capacity Mags
Making it harder for mass killers limiting ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds.
Assault Weapon Regulation
Stepping in where the federal government has failed to regulate military-style assault weapons.
Gun Control IS Constitutional
In 2008, District of Columbia v. Heller affirmed:
“the [Second Amendment] right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
Using Heller v. DC, six U.S. Courts of Appeal have REJECTED Second Amendment protection for state assault weapons and/or high capacity magazine bans, most recently in Massachusetts on April 26, 2019!
Rhode Islanders Are Not Fooled By Propaganda
The corporate gun lobby would have everyone believe that even the most sensible gun regulation represents a direct attack on the Second Amendment. Rhode Islanders know better, favoring gun violence reduction laws that are in line with academic and law enforcement recommendations and also respecting Second Amendment rights.
83% In Favor
Restricting guns on all elementary and secondary school grounds except by police, retired police, and resource officers.
Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) holders cannot be counted on to save lives and often put themselves and others in danger when they attempt to confront an active shooter.
- The large majority of CCP holders do not have specialized “shoot/don’t shoot” training
- Since 2007 at least 921 non-self defense gun deaths have been caused by CCP holders
75% in Favor
Banning high capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds (the weapon on choice for mass shootings).
Local, state and national law enforcement are strongly against high capacity magazines (HCM), citing increased shootings and deaths being committed by individuals using HCM.
In addition, most of the recent mass shootings used HCMs that allowed the firing hundreds of bullets in minutes, including:
- Las Vegas concert
- Orlando night club
- San Bernardino holiday party
- Sandy Hook Elementary School
Recent Gun Violence News, Politics, Incidents and Statistics
The “more guns equals less violence” is being accepted, despite strong empirical evidence to the contrary.
Gunman kills eight at party with multiple automatic weapons.
Student with concealed carry permit accidentally fires gun at a popular campus food court.
College student robbed at gunpoint on campus – theives made away with student’s wallet and handgun.
Police firearm accidentally discharged at high school.
“Trained and licensed” student accidentally discharges gun on campus.
The killer in Orlando was able to fire 200 bullets in the first 20 minutes of his rampage, which ultimately killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
Clearly intent on killing as many people as possible, the killers used semiautomatic weapons, had thousands of rounds of ammunition, and high capacity magazines.
A teacher with a concealed carry license accidentally shot herself in a school bathroom.
An Idaho State University instructor with a concealed carry permit shots himself during class.
24-year-old student with concealed carry permit accidentally shoots himself on campus.
A road rage incident turns deadly for two men ages 43 and 56.
Join us at our
6th Annual Fundraiser
Thursday, October 24, 2019
from 6 to 8pm at the
Casino at Roger Williams Park
Proactively Saving Lives and Making Communities Safer in Rhode Island
Our work is focused on reducing gun violence across our state through:
Advocating for common-sense legislative changes and electing gun safety reform lawmakers.
Empowering students to create and sustain positive change through grassroots advocacy, education and training.
Organizing outreach and events to bring communities together in advocacy.
Strategically adding key partners whose missions and goals intersect with reducing gun violence in R.I.
Gun Control IS Constitutional
In 2008, DC v. Heller affirmed:
Using Heller, SIX U.S. Courts of Appeal have REJECTED Second Amendment protection for state assault weapons and/or high capacity magazine bans, most recently in Massachusetts on April 26, 2019!
Rhode Islanders Overwhelmingly Support Gun Control
In a 2016 poll of registered R.I. voters, large majorities supported common-sense legislation to make our communities safer.
83% Support No
Concealed Carry in K-12 Schools
75% Support Limiting
Magazines to 10 Rounds
60% Support Regulating
Assault-Style Military Weapons
Recent News About Gun Violence and Safety Reform in R.I. and the U.S.
Rhode Islanders across the state banded together for common-sense reforms.
Another massacre with an AR-15 at a synogogue in Pittsburgh.
Key partnerships are generating media attention and stirring voters.
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