violence http://ripr.org en Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City http://ripr.org/post/central-falls-police-drug-sweep-has-reduced-violence-city <p>A four-month long investigation has resulted in the arrests of nearly three dozen accused drug dealers. The investigation targeted narcotics activity in Central Falls.</p><p>Starting in June Central Falls police noticed an uptick in shootings. They suspected it was drug related so they called in the state police to help them out.&nbsp; The result was the arrests of 35 individuals over a four month period and the seizure of a sizable collection of illegal drugs, said&nbsp;Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:44:59 +0000 Flo Jonic 24455 at http://ripr.org Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City RI politicians should seize moment to control guns http://ripr.org/post/ri-politicians-should-seize-moment-control-guns <p>For once, Rhode Island politicians have a chance at being part of the solution. Even a small change on gun violence would resonate with voters.</p><p>As recently as the 2012 election campaigns, the issue of&nbsp; gun control had fallen off the political shelf. A Republican Party dominated by the states of the sunbelt and the Old Confederacy feverishly defended the rights of the gun lobby. Rueful Democrats, especially those in Red states, bowed cravenly to the gun constituency that was universally cited as the club that doomed Al Gore’s 2000 presidential aspirations.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 8853 at http://ripr.org No RI records in nat'l gun background check database http://ripr.org/post/no-ri-records-natl-gun-background-check-database <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) President Obama has just unveiled a set of 23 actions he’ll take to curb gun violence. Among them: encouraging states to share information with a national background check database. While some states are already contributing a significant amount of information, Rhode Island hasn’t submitted a single record.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8729 at http://ripr.org RI's congressional delegates call for gun control http://ripr.org/post/ris-congressional-delegates-call-gun-control <p>(Providence, RI) All four members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation gathered today to announce their commitment to pushing for stronger gun control laws.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:29:19 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 7569 at http://ripr.org RI's congressional delegates call for gun control Providence looks to reduce gun violence http://ripr.org/post/providence-looks-reduce-gun-violence <p></p><p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is boosting efforts to try to reduce gun violence after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Taveras and other mayors plan to stage gun buy-back programs across the state next month. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:39:21 +0000 Ian Donnis 1649 at http://ripr.org Violence as contagious disease http://ripr.org/post/violence-contagious-disease <p>Sometimes it’s a new way of thinking, a new model, an idea out of left field, or, as I like to think of it, using the map of one universe to navigate another – that helps solve some of our most intractable problems. I like to highlight that kind of new thinking from time to time, so here’s a recent example.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8282 at http://ripr.org