RHODE ISLAND – While Virginia has admittedly stolen the Second Amendment spotlight over the past few weeks, there are several other states battling for their right to carry as well. 

Law Enforcement Today has kept you updated on a few others who are fighting the good fight, and today we bring you another:  Rhode Island.

In the Ocean State, it’s being reported that legislatures are seeking to pass the most restrictive gun laws…in the entire country. 

The NRA has given “A” ratings to both House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio for their support of gun rights (both democrats), but even they are wavering in their support.

“While I strongly support Second Amendment rights,” said Mattiello, “we need to get guns out of the hands of those with mental illness, as well as those who do not follow the laws.”

Mattiello continued, urging house members to “take a close look at adding provisions to our background check laws to require police chiefs, in each community where the person attempting to purchase a gun resides, to review applications.”

This plea for stricter gun control comes in the wake of a December shooting in Westerly, where a 66-year-old man was facing a raise in rent pricing as well as eviction, purchased a gun, and shot 3 people in his apartment complex, killing one of them.

Joseph Giachello purchased a firearm on November 11 of last year.  

Rhode Island state law requires police to background check an individual purchasing a gun, specifically four categories of criminal offenses, including conviction of a violent crime and mental incompetents. 

If a person is being treated for mental health issues or has been deemed criminally insane by professionals, they can’t buy a gun.

Westerly police said that while they had dealt with Giachello 9 times since 2002, there were no arrests made.  At least one of the contacts were mental health related. 

Currently in Rhode Island, there is a waiting period of 7-90 days to pick up a gun after purchase while the background check is completed. 

Of course the media has put a slight spin on things, but that’s to be expected. 

Without looking into it further, a person will read that Giachello “received the gun 2 days prior to the shooting.”  Which is technically true, but it leaves out the fact that he had waited 36 days to actually take possession of it after purchasing.

Additionally, there was no talk of eviction nor a raise in rent prior to him applying for the gun.

But, on par with other gun-grabbing legislation, that’s not enough, says Rhode Island democrats.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha proposed applications be submitted for background checks to police departments in the buyer’s municipality, not just where the gun is purchased.

“We will also be looking at banning 3-D printed guns and ghost guns,” said Mattiello. 

This is due to a knee jerk reaction to a woman being shot and killed on New Year’s Eve with a firearm that apparently was made with a 3D printer.  I say “apparently” because authorities aren’t even certain if it was made that way.

In 2013, Defense Distributed became the first to design blueprints for a working firearm created by plastic pieces printed on a 3D printer.  The blueprints can be downloaded and then anyone with a 3D printer can make their own plastic gun. 

The legality of the plans and the firearms themselves have been tossed back and forth between gun rights advocates and the courts. 

The Obama administration ruled them illegal, then the Trump administration reversed that.  Washington D.C. and 19 state attorney generals sued the President over the matter, and Washington State District Court Judge Robert Lasnik ruled last November that the continued free offering of the plans on the internet violated federal law.

The window for appeals to the Ninth Circuit court opens soon, and Defense Distributed’s  founder, Cody Wilson, plans on appealing the decision.

Meanwhile, some other anti-gun legislation looking to be pushed this session include: Stricter background checks, Department of Environmental Management database of gun owners, complete firearms registration, ban on most semiautomatic firearms, magazine capacity restrictions, elimination of CCW, and, of course, Red Flag law expansion.

As of July 2019, 10 of the state’s 39 municipalities have voted to become 2A Sanctuaries, with 3 others considering and 1 other voting soon.

Rhode Island is holding a 2A rally on Lobby Day, Thursday, January 23 from 4-7pm eastern at the Rhode Island State House, hosted by Federated RI Sportsmen Club, Rhode Island Firearm Owners’ League, and RI Revolver and Rifle Association.

In the meantime, look at what happened in Virginia on Lobby Day.

The 2A Rally in Virginia was a disaster.  A ridiculously low attendance was disappointing to organizers, but was also overshadowed by all the fights and violence that took place.  Guns were randomly shooting at bystanders. 

Laws were broken.  Lewd and inappropriate signs and articles of clothing were donned on the decisively white supremacist attendees. 

Just kidding.  None of that is true.

The rally was considered extremely successful with a much higher attendance rate than was even expected.  No fights. No violence.  Not even one gun jumped out on its own accord and shot anyone! Much to the dismay of people who were counting on instigating violence to push their gun grabbing agenda.

There was a section where people had to be unarmed to stand in, so they unarmed themselves before standing in it.  There was a line where those carrying firearms could not cross. So, they didn’t.

While you weren't looking, Rhode Island launched a full scale assault against gun owners

 

There was, I admit, one arrest during the over 3-hour rally.  A 21-year-old woman, Mikaela Beschler, was arrested for violating the anti-mask law despite her being warned to remove a bandana from her face twice. 

If the rally was one of racism, then there sure are a lot of black, Asian, and Hispanic people out there that are down with white supremacy. 

Among other impressive signs waved were those reading, “Gun rights are Women’s rights,” “Armed minorities are harder to oppress,” and “Gun rights are Trans rights.”

While you weren't looking, Rhode Island launched a full scale assault against gun owners

The 2A rally saw attendees from every group – regardless of what leaders are saying

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was apparently fuming over her view that there were “almost no police” present at the rally.  Oh, really.

“On MLK day!” AOC began. 

As if the rallyists chose when to have Lobby Day. Please.

“When we go out and march for the dignity and the recognition of the lives of people like Freddie Gray and Eric Garner, the whole place is surrounded by police in riot gear without a gun in sight. And here are all of these people flying Confederate flags, with semi-automatic weapons, and there’s almost no police officers at that protest.”

So, so many things are wrong with that sentence.

First, a reminder that Freddie Gray and Eric Garner were black men that died in police custody in Baltimore and New York, respectively. The riots after those incidents were filled with violence, looting, damaging businesses, throwing bottles, bricks, and other dangerous objects at police.

Almost 500 people were arrested in the Baltimore rally and over 100 police officers were injured.  Almost 300 businesses were damaged, almost 100 cars were set on fire, almost $9 million in damage was done.

Police were in riot gear at those incidents because people were rioting.

Baltimore Police

Two men throw glass bottles during the 2015 Baltimore riots (US Department of Defense)

 

For all her claiming to hate racism, she sure is being pretty damn stereotypical (or, racist) against white people.  Not every person who wants to protect their right to bear arms is an undereducated redneck, watching Nascar, chewing on pieces of straw and spitting their chewing tobacco at black and gay people that walk by.

She added, “Who or what are our institutions protecting from whom? That image conveys it all.”

Well, AOC, I believe our institutions are protecting law abiding citizens, from non-law-abiding citizens.  From criminals.  From people who claim to be marching for some type of rights or other but really just getting together and looting stores or starting violence.

And now for the biggest load of crap in her statement: “almost no police at that protest.”

She must not have noticed that since people were acting peacefully and kind, no police needed to step in to put an end to any violence. Contrary to every single event Antifa has ever showed up at.  Police helicopters swarmed around the huge gathering.  Officers with long-range guns were stationed atop nearby roofs.  Increased police presence on the ground was noted by attendees and reporters, including on foot, in cars, and on bikes. 

 

AOC must have missed police because they were standing IN the rally, side by side with the attendees.  Photographs were captured and plastered all over social media of uniformed officers in attendance, working to keep the rally safe, as well as supporting 2A rights along with others.

Again, no violence.

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan spoke out about the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry firearms. 

“If the bills go through as proposed,” he said, “they will not be enforced. They are unconstitutional.  We support upholding the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia.  That’s what we will do.”

Preach, Sheriff! 

Sheriff Vaughan and several of his deputies and Sheriffs from other counties held up a sign that said, “WE SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT.”

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Sorry, media. Peaceful 2A rally in Virginia proves gun owners aren't the enemy

 

Virginia Governor Northam released a statement after the successful ending of the rally:

“We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. This resulted from weeks of planning and extensive cooperation among state, local, and federal partners in Virginia and beyond.

“Virginia’s law enforcement and first responders demonstrated tremendous professionalism. I’m proud of their work. I have spoken with Colonel Settle of the State Police, Colonel Pike of the Capitol Police, and Chief Smith of the Richmond Police Department, as well as leaders of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office, and thanked them for keeping Virginia safe. 

“Thousands of people came to Richmond to make their voices heard. Today showed that when people disagree, they can do so peacefully. The issues before us evoke strong emotions, and progress is often difficult. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe.

Wow, there is so much up and down in his words.  First of all, there was nothing to de-escalate!  Stop trying to make people who want to exercise their right to carry look like the enemy!

Virginia Governor Northam

Virginia Governor Northam praises law enforcement after peaceful rally

 

What he’s saying in that last sentence is this: I don’t give a crap what the voices of Virginians say, I don’t want people to have guns and I’m going to keep pushing for this legislation.

Good luck enforcing those, Governor.

Watching Virginia made me so proud.  I’m so proud to be a patriot, I’m so proud of my fellow 2A advocates for maintaining peace while exercising their First Amendment rights.  The “women’s” march sported vagina hats, foul language all over the place, “twerking,” and children being sexualized and used as game pieces for social media.  Cities had to spend thousands of dollars cleaning up after their disgusting messes, while attendees of Monday’s rally actually stood and picked up their trash after the rally was over.

One important side note.  President Trump, like him or not, is American through and through.  He is a supporter of American citizens’ rights, including the Second Amendment. 

In a tweet following the Virginia rally, he said, “I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!”

Damn right.

 


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