Providence looks to reduce gun violence

Dec 21, 2012

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.

Taveras says the buy-backs were inspired by the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. He says every step counts when it comes to trying to prevent violence.

“You see when accidents happen some times, people are at home or young children, things like that. So if we can avoid just one accident, one instance, to me it’s well worth the time and energy to have the gun buybacks.”

Taveras says he also plans to work to strengthen federal and state gun laws. He says Rhode Island’s current laws are weaker than those in Connecticut and Massachusetts.