In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.
After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.
A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.
Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.
Rhode Island lawmakers will consider legislation Wednesday aimed at increasing safety measures in public schools. The bills, now in the House and Senate Education Committees, would require school and law enforcement officials to work together to look for weaknesses in building security and craft new school safety plans.
School safety procedures dominate the agenda today at the State Senate Education Committee. Lawmakers say the discussion will feature State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven O'Donnell and officials from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
The oversight hearing follows the shooting last month at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that left 26 students and teachers dead.
Connecticut’s legislature is also slated to review school safety standards in the wake of the tragedy.
In a statement dated yesterday and released to the media today, University of Rhode Island president David Dooley has disassociated the university from a series of tweets made by history professor Erik Loomis -- including one saying he wanted the NRA president Wayne LaPierre's "head on a stick" -- in the aftermath of Newtown:
Governor Lincoln Chafee, as part of a statement following today’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, says RI officials have offered their assistance to Connecticut. Here’s the governor’s full statement:
The word “tragedy” is used often these days, but it is difficult to think of a more truly tragic turn of events than what occurred in Newtown, Connecticut earlier today.
On behalf of all the people of Rhode Island, our most sincere condolences and sympathy are with the families of the victims of this horrendous crime.