Opinion/August: Proposed legislation won’t stop gun crime

Opinion/August: Proposed legislation won't stop gun crime

Jennifer Boylan applauds Gov. Gina Raimondo’s “accomplishments on gun safety” (“Raimondo’s gun-safety gains,” Commentary, Feb. 3). Ms. Boylan describes herself as “a volunteer legislative lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America." According to the secretary of state, Ms. Boylan is a registered lobbyist for Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. Everytown has a P.O. box address in New York City and is funded by the eighth richest man in the world, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The “Moms” are a subsidiary of Everytown. Ms. Boylan makes the unsubstantiated claim that the “victories” in passing gun-control legislation during the Raimondo years “will save lives." The Moms and their allies in the Coalition Against Gun Violence could not cite a single instance where someone allowed to keep his firearms under a court no-contact order used a gun against his victim. In fact, the statistics showed that a victim is nearly four times more likely to be stabbed or bludgeoned to death. In 2018 the Moms and Coalition succeeded in pushing through a Red Flag law that many legal experts believe is of dubious constitutionality because it is the first time a citizen may be deprived of a right on a mere allegation or suspicion that he or she may do something in the future. Ms. Boylan says the law “temporarily limits” access to firearms. The law provides that a citizen so deprived has a right to a show cause hearing within two weeks of the seizure of […]

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