Reload RI: Part II Politics and Politicians

reload brassThis is the second installment of Reload RI, our tips for how you can help prepare to protect the second amendment in Rhode Island before the next legislative session. Want to help? Run for office and fund pro-freedom politicians.

On the short list of people we recommend you support are Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-Foster, Glocester, Coventry), Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Exeter, NK), Rep. Steve Casey (D-Woonsocket), Rep. Dennis Canario (D-Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) and candidate for RI House of Representatives in Johnston Ed Doyle (D). Of course there are others, but these are five that have stood out to us in their support for our rights.

Better yet, run for office. We need more than five people in the State House to fight for our rights. If you have the means and the time, running for office is one of the best ways you can help. Even if you lose you will bring much needed attention to the fight for our rights and force your opponent into taking a stance on the second amendment.

But politics starts locally. Defend it in your town first. Exeter is the perfect example of how a little town can affect the entire state’s direction on gun related legislation. Start a local awareness group on Facebook. A great example of such is the East Greenwich Firearms Owners Alliance. A small group of people sharing information on what the town is doing can have a big impact if they’re organized. This type of preplanned organization will help you find friends in your  area to carpool to hearings and protests with and to campaign for pro-freedom candidates in your town and districts. These are very effective and you’ll make friends and shooting buddies. (If you do start a page for your town, send us an e-mail at to let us know and we’ll promote it on our Facebook page so your neighbors will find it).

Part III coming next week.

See Part I, Reload RI by clicking here.

  • resetplz

    …is that “freedom” for you to play cowboys or “freedom” for the rest of us to live?

    The price of freedom is not sacrificing the lives of innocents; the price of freedom is sacrificing guns.

    Remember: “Life” comes BEFORE “liberty”.

    • Shoobear

      Please do some reading before you respond with this emotional drivel. Read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. Read the founders commentaries about why a free society needs to have an armed populace. Just because you have been fortunate enough to live in a stable society that has been so BECAUSE (not in spite of) of the genius of our Founders in creating the Constitution and our Bill of Rights, don’t assume you can now start to abrogate and whittle away those rights and not create a disastrous tyranny here in the US as a result. Germany, China, Russia–all were societies with a justice system and a seemingly well defined set of laws. Each of these countries eventually disarmed their citizenry, repressed them and murdered millions of them. Don’t let your hubris about America somehow being “different” lead you to a false conclusion.

      If you are one of those people who have convinced yourself that the Founder’s vision is no longer relevant in today’s society and it’s now ok to socially engineer the populace into some utopian vision–read some more modern social scientists like Gary Kleck and John Lott whose modern scientific studies show, despite all of the emotional rhetoric over individual tragedies, guns actually are a net positive in terms of the safety of individuals and communities.

      The “innocents” of whom you speak, and for whom we all grieve, are not being killed by law abiding gun owners, whose rights you wish to abrogate, they are being killed by criminals, who, by their very nature, do not obey such laws. If you want to do some good, demand that the laws against criminal possession of firearms be aggressively enforced (they are not now) and demand that repeat violent offenders are not turned back loose on society.