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Rhode Island Leaders Call for Ban on Assault Weapons Following CT Massacre

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Last Friday’s deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT has prompted all four members of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation to call for stronger gun laws.

Twenty children and six adults were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre before the gunman, Adam Lanza, took his own life. The primay weapon used was a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle.

“I believe we must act to decrease gun related crimes that end the lives of too many Americas,” said Senator Jack Reed. “I have long supported sensible ways to control firearms, including a ban on assault weapons, limits on magazine sizes, and closing the gun show loophole.”

Reed says he believes the “sensible reforms” are necessary and pointed to the Clinton-era assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. He said that that law didn’t eliminate the rights of a hunter or recreational shooters, “but it takes these military-style weapons out of commerce and off our streets.”

The tragedy in Connecticut has only increased talks of changes to the country’s gun laws and California Senator Dianne Feinstein has already indicated she will re-introduce legislation to ban assault weapons again. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said he would support such reform measures.

"I have long supported proposals to end the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as to end the so-called gun show loophole,” Whitehouse said. “I will continue to support these common-sense proposals going forward, and will also closely review any other proposals that may come out in the days ahead to keep our children safe from gun violence.”

Congressman James Langevin said he took believes assault weapons “have no more place on our streets than an army tank; and a small number of gun dealers account for the majority of guns recovered by police and later traced back to crimes.”

He said his support for gun reform doesn’t stop him from supporting the Second Amendment, but said he supports increasing inspections on gun dealers, reinstating the assault weapons ban and prohibiting large capacity magazines.

“Having experienced the unintended damage guns can cause in what should be a totally safe setting, I have long been troubled by the weapons, ammunition and extended gun clips that are so readily available and the lack of constraints we have on the purchase of firearms, including instances where individuals can buy weapons without any background check,” Langevin said.

Congressman David Cicilline, who helped found Mayors Against Illegal Guns during his tenure as Mayor of Providence, agreed with the rest of the delegation, according to spokesman Rich Luchette.

Luchette said Cicilline has co-sponsored several bills that would strengthen gun safety provisions, including the Online Ammunition Sales Act to ban ammunition sales over the Internet and require the reporting of bulk purchases, the Fix Gun Checks Act to require a criminal background check on every firearm sale, and the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act to prohibit the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

“He strongly believes that we need to reenact the assault weapons ban to keep dangerous weapons capable of mass shootings out of our communities, institute critically important improvements to our system of background checks for firearm sales to ensure we keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them in the first place, and implement tighter regulations governing the online sale of ammunition, among several other pragmatic measures currently pending before Congress,” Luchette said.


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Just one more law for the insane, bad guys to break and to take a little more freedom away from the law abiding. I understand the emotions running high but prohibition only leads to an illegal black market.

The news continues to ignore firearms being used to save lives. The Oregon mall shooter committed suicide when confronted by an armed citizen www.kgw.com reported. KENS5.com San Antonio reports a shooter in a theater was shot by an off duty deputy. Again firearms saving lives. Don't wait for the main stream or politicians to mention these stories 'cause they can't count the bodies or get political points..

"They can't let a good crisis go to waste."

Comment #1 by Wuggly Ump on 2012 12 18

That's right, Wuggly. I have been quoting imPOTUS's former Chief of Staff ever since Friday afternoon, when imPOTUS used this tragedy to push his liberal agenda. As far as these gun laws are concerned, this is just feel-good nonsense. There are plenty of laws regulating firearms as it is, and none of them stopped this guy, with three legal guns, from doing this. It was in a "Gun-free zone" to boot! We need fewer attempts at more stringent gun laws, and much more effort to identify these sick people, and to make them get help.

Comment #2 by Michael Trenn on 2012 12 19

Wuggly Ump & Michael Trenn -

Agree. Completely. Here we go again, more meaningless, feel-good, PR stunts which will reduce crime not one whit.

Leftist and their idiotic anti-gun laws created the conditions which facilitate these mass killings when they legislated 'Gun Free Zones'.

Are they beyond moronic or what? Killers see 'Gun Free Zones' as 'Sitting Duck Zones', undefended soft targets they can attack without the inconvenience of citizen resistance.

Until they get rid of these, school shooting will likely continue no matter how many 'gun control' laws they pass.

No law existing or proposed will ever stop this type of determined killer, according to the foresic clinicians who've studied them. They say first thing they do is resolve to die in a blaze of attention-getting mayhem. The rest of their planning merely involves the best way to kill as many innocent people as they can before they get killed.

To that sort of psycho butcher, laws mean even less to them than the people they slaughter.

Just as you say, those who've studied them say these mass killers have an interesting trait: No matter how intense their killing frenzy, they stop instantly when a police officer or lawfully armed citizen points a gun at them. Shooting isn't often necessary.

In southern states on several occasions in recent years, school officials lawfully armed have stopped would-be school shooters before they can start their rampage.

But the rats in the media and their left wing cronies in politics will never admit it.

They insist it's better for us to cower in fear while patiently waiting for the killer to come for us.

They can take a hike. Their idiot anti-gun laws get people killed.

Now that the Net has busted the media's Deth-grippe on information, citizens are seeing thru the lies told by gun grabbing ghouls, and taking steps to defend themselves and their families.

Comment #3 by paul zecchino on 2012 12 19

"assault weapons have no more place on our streets than an army tank"??

That's glib. Fallacious as well.

What exactly is an 'assault weapon'? Answer, it's anything - firearm, knife, club, bottle shard, brick - which you use to assault another person.

Assault Rifles are full auto 'machine guns'.

Assault Weapons are a fiction, a term concocted by a liar who scammed for sarah brady's gun-grabbers, and when he went out on his own, he needed a gimmick to gin up support for his new gun-grabbing NGO. So he came up with 'assault weapon' in 1989. He's been cashing in ever since at the expense of our liberty.

Even the clinton administration had to admit that it's much ballyhooed 1994 Assault Weapons Ban didn't do a thing to reduce crime, because so-called Assault Weapons are used in less than one percent of gun-crimes.

Anti-gun zealots are never to be trusted. Believe them on peril of your liberty, wealth, and life itself.

Comment #4 by paul zecchino on 2012 12 19

u people r sick^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Comment #5 by frank bentley on 2012 12 19

@frank bentley

Why? because we refuse to give up freedom? because we refuse to depend on Government to protect us?

Go to the FEMA web page when bad things happen they expect YOU to be responsible for yourself for the first 72 hours. Are you? When the rats come out of their holes, moving in packs, looking for vulnerable to take whatever they can from, are you ready? Because the police WITH THEIR GUNS aren't coming.

Did you forget or maybe just weren't around for the NY blackout or LA riots but you do remember Hurricane Sandy. In all these occasions looters and rioters attacked and stole from people.

You should pray that some of us good "sick" armed people are there.

Comment #6 by Wuggly Ump on 2012 12 19

"We are writing to urge your support for a ban on the domestic manufacture of military-style assault weapons. This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety,"
"While we recognize that assault weapon legislation will not stop all assault weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals. We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons," - President Reagan

Comment #7 by anthony sionni on 2012 12 20

@anthony sionni
So you're saying Reagan was always right, or politicians in general?
Why would you want to be punished for someone elses crime? If I go out driving intoxicated and kill someone, should your automobile be taken away.

Comment #8 by Wuggly Ump on 2012 12 20

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