The Scoop - Napolitano: RIGOP Should Have Raffled A Different Gun
Monday, October 07, 2013
Napolitano: RI GOP Should Have Raffled A Different Gun
Napolitano told GoLocal that over $20,000 was raised in event and raffle proceeds. Additionally, roughly 500 people attended the event throughout yesterday.
Despite a great deal of ire expressed by some of Rhode Island’s political leaders over the fact that the event raffled off a AR-15-style assault-style rifle, Napolitano told GoLocal that there were no protestors at the event.
Last week, numerous state and municipal leaders spoke out against the raffle—including Governor Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Gordon Fox, Senator Dawson Hodgson, and Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, who recently joined the Republican Party.
When asked if the criticism was warranted, Napolitano told GoLocal that it was a bit over the top, but understandable. “In hindsight, we would have chosen a different firearm to be raffled off,” he added.
Napolitano also told GoLocal that the RI GOP was not trying to make a statement by raffling off an AR-15 rifle at Sunday’s event. “We wanted to make money and make this an attractive event for spectators,” he told GoLocal.
Aside from the AR-15 rifle, the raffle featured two other firearms, as well as over 70 prizes including gift certificates, New England Patriots tickets, gift baskets, and RI GOP apparel.
It’s worth noting that AR-15 rifles are legal to own and that the winner of the raffle has to undergo a background check in order to claim the gun.
Although many of Rhode Island’s leaders have spoken out, GoLocal spoke to two 2014 candidates to get there take as well. Check out their take, as well as other scoops below.
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Reed on Furlough
US Senator Jack Reed's statement on furloughed civilian DOD workers returning to work.
US Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement earlier today following today's announcement that the majority of the state's 800 furloughed workers would be returning to work today.
“After almost a week of being sent home without pay, virtually all furloughed Defense Department civilians are now returning to work at Naval Station Newport and the Rhode Island National Guard. That is good news. However, this shutdown has been tremendously disruptive and these men and women should not have been furloughed in the first place.
“The work these folks do is very important to helping our military and ultimately strengthens our national security.
“So this is a positive step. Now we need to get our government up and running again so every single Rhode Islander can be brought back on the job. I will continue working to restore our government. The American people deserve a government that works for them and to have access to all of the critical benefits and services our federal government provides.”
Giroux Talks Gun Raffle
Democratic candidate for governor Todd Giroux comments on Sunday's RI GOP 2nd Amendment Celebration Raffle.
In light of yesterday's RI GOP gun raffle, GoLocal spoke to newly announced Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Todd Giroux to get his take on the raffle itself and gun rights.
“The RI GOP decision to raffle a gun is reflection of the National GOP placing operative leadership from the southern conservatives here in Rhode Island,” Giroux told GoLocal. “The monthly stipend from the National GOP is an example of a dependent and weak RI GOP that targets controversy undermining the serious discussion of a jobs plan, foreclosure refinance fund with the national banks, fraud foreclosure settlement, and a jobs and vendor study to end contracts of convenience here in Rhode Island.“
“I fully support The Constitution of The United States and the Bill of Rights. I do support defense of oneself and property,” added Giroux.
In addition to pledging his support for the Second Amendment, Giroux also told GoLocal that he is determined to support the people of Main Street.
"I stand my ground in defending Main Street people against corruption and government waste to protect labor, wages and homes for the people of Main Street," Giroux told GoLocal. "I am focused on winning the democrat primary for Rhode Island Governor supporting, lower taxes for small business, growth of industry and manufacturing, a labor training jobs plan with the Department of Labor and Training, support for teachers, education, retirees and an open for business government."
Maciel Talks Gun Raffle
Independent candidate for the US House of Representatives Jonathan Maciel comments on Sunday's RI GOP 2nd Amendment Celebration Raffle.
Jonathan Maciel, Independent Candidate for US House of Representatives, RI-1 issued GoLocal the following statement regarding yesterday's RI GOP gun raffle.
"I have no issue with the raffle as long as they follow the law on who can own the gun," Maciel told GoLocal. "When you purchase a gun in Rhode Island, you have to take a 100-question test that gets reviewed by the Fish & Wildlife Department most of which are gun safety questions. So if they take this test like anyone else who purchases a gun and if owning an AR-15 is legal in the state of Rhode Island, then they aren't breaking any laws right? Gun safety is something I have always been pushing for."
"Particularly, I think that anyone in a household with a gun, especially children, should have to take a gun safety class," Maciel added. "In the US, a child is killed every other day due to negligence in regards to the gun owner not keeping their gun safely locked away or the child simply not even knowing how the gun works despite living in the house with one. Simply passing a background check to own the gun doesn't seem like enough to me. Just like if someone won a new car at a raffle and passed a background check, I still wouldn't want to see them drive it off the lot without having a driver's license."
"The AR-15 is not an 'assault weapon,' Maciel added. "The AR-15 is a civilian model as opposed to the version used by the military called the M-16 which is an "assault rifle." An 'assault rifle' is defined as 'any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use' according to Webster."
Tanzi to Join Students
Rep. Teresa Tanzi to celebrate Internation Walk to School Day.
Earlier today, it was announced that Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) will join students in her district on Wednesday, October 9, in celebrating International Walk to School Day.
Walk or Bike to School Wednesdays are promoted at both the South Kingstown schools, and this event marks the beginning of the campaign at Quest.
Tanzi has been working closely with the Peace Dale and Wakefield parent-teacher organizations and principals as part of a Healthy Places by Design Bike/Walk group to create a more walkable environment. The groups are advocating for flashing “school zone” signs in front of WES as part of the High Street improvements next fall, and the installation of orange crossing flags in front of PDES and surrounding crosswalks, for which she secured a legislative grant.
Parades of students walking or biking to school will be held at Wakefield Elementary School and Peace Dale Elementary School in South Kingstown and Quest Montessori School in Narragansett. The events will take place rain or shine.
Here are the walking locations:
- At Wakefield Elementary, students will be gathering at 8:25 a.m. in the parking lot across the river from Sari’s Sanctuary for a procession to school. The school is located at 101 High Street, Wakefield.
- At Peace Dale Elementary, walkers and bikers are gathering at 8:15 on the village green. The school is located at 109 Kersey Road, Peace Dale.
- At Quest Montessori children are meeting at 8 am at the Rite Aid parking lot and walking to school assisted by staff, parents, and PTO members. The school is located at 1150 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett.
Lawmakers Study Textbooks
Joint Legislative Commission to study the purchase and use of textbooks in public schools.
The Joint Legislative Commission to study the purchase and use of textbooks in public schools has announced that it will meet on Tuesday, October 8 to discuss the information that came out of last week's Innovation Powered by Technology Conference that was sponsored by RIDE.
The commission also plans to discuss additional initiatives to accelerate progress and social media communication.
Founded in 2011, the commission is tasked with studying the use of electronic textbooks in public schools. It is comprised of 14 members from the public and private sectors.
Its main objectives are as follows:
- Reduce the cost of providing textbook information including distribution cost and obsolescence.
- Provide students with devices that will function for most/all subjects.
- Eliminate the '40 lb.' backpack students carry with books.
- Conserve natural resources used to print and distribute textbooks.
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