Do you remember those four or five people that were arguing for more gun control legislation at the hearings last year? Well, it seems they’ve banded together to form the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV). The new coalition will be unveiled tomorrow night (unveiled, like an ugly bride at an arranged wedding).
Did you think this was over? I hope you didn’t assume that our fight for our rights was over. There is undoubtedly outside money coming to Rhode Island to be spent on taking your rights away from you. Don’t let that happen.
If you can, show up at URI tomorrow and watch Living for 32, starring Colin Goddard a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting who went on to work for the Brady Campaign. Goddard was the one person who dialed 911. But when seconds counted, police were 6 minutes away. Unable to defend himself with his cell phone, Goddard was shot four times. VA Tech was a “gun free zone.” This should be a good promotional film for the benefits of concealed carry.
The description of RICAGV on their Facebook page says:
The mission of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence is to create a safer community by preventing gun violence and enhancing gun safety. RICAGV will advocate for effective local, state, and national programs, policies, and legislation.
Notice the use of the phrase “gun violence.” Associating guns with violence is tactic number one for the anti-gun crowd. I’ve never heard someone attempting to stop “club violence” or “knife violence.” Associating guns with violence is a rhetorical trick that ignores centuries of tradition, competition, hunting, and self-defense. The group is already fundraising against the Exeter recall effort. No doubt that’s only the beginning.
Here’s the bottom line, these folks that are joining up with RICAGV are our neighbors. We have a difference of opinion a mile wide, but the law, history, and common sense are on our side. So be polite, but also be firm in your convictions that freedom is the best possible policy.
If you plan on going, here are details on Patch.