Last year, efforts to expand gun control in Rhode Island slammed face-first into a brick wall. They didn’t go where the governor wanted, all while measures seemed to be passing everywhere else. It was a body blow she’s not likely to forget.
However, if you thought that was the end of it, you were sadly mistaken. One could hope, but you can always trust a gun-grabber to keep grabbing, and that’s just Gov. Gina Raimondo promising.
All three Democratic leaders said they expect to consider raising the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $10.50, to keep pace with other states.
They take different stances, however, on gun control and on potentially legalizing recreational marijuana.
Raimondo said she will try again to persuade the General Assembly to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and ban guns in schools, changes she views as essential for public safety. Similar proposals stalled during the last legislative session.
Mattiello and Ruggerio are not convinced the changes are necessary, though Ruggerio supports prohibiting 3D-printed guns and so-called “ghost guns ” that are untraceable, easy to make and becoming more prevalent. Mattiello said he’ll look at legislation to help reduce response times for first responders if there’s an incident at a school.
So, it seems even her allies aren’t as keen on jumping on that particular grenade as she is. That’s rather interesting.
It also suggests that there’s a good bit that can be achieved by constituents telling these Democrats that they don’t want these measures Raimondo is pushing. Without her allies in the legislature, nothing gets passed.
That same tactic, however, can be used to stop efforts to ban the at-home building of firearms, especially since criminals are still going to get guns no matter what you do.
Make no mistake, though. If you live in Rhode Island, it’s imperative you make your feelings known. While Mattiello and Ruggerio may not be convinced about Raimondo’s efforts, it doesn’t mean they can’t be talked into them. That means it’s your job to talk them out of that openness, and you do it by stating where you stand on the efforts in a respectful way. Don’t be stupid and think you can intimidate them. The closest thing you can get away with is vowing to see that they’re defeated come election time. Anything beyond that is unhelpful to the extreme.
Rhode Islanders need to dig in and fight. Luckily, it looks like a fight they can actually win, unlike some other places.