Rep. Canario asks at gun bill hearing: ‘Why are we addressing a problem that doesn’t exist?’

Rep. Canario asks at gun bill hearing: ‘Why are we addressing a problem that doesn’t exist?’

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Hide caption The hours-long hearing was encapsulated in the back-and-forth between state Rep. Dennis Canario and State Police Superintendent Col. James Manni, a former SWAT team commander, about the proposed ban on guns within 300 feet of a school, except in the hands of police, retired law enforcement officers and people hired to provide security services. PROVIDENCE — “One minute we were singing and laughing and the next we were just trying to survive.” Her voice breaking, Erica Keuter of East Greenwich brought the horror of the October 2017 massacre of 58 Las Vegas concert-goers home to Rhode Island on Tuesday night, to a State House hearing room packed with lawmakers openly skeptical about the need for any more gun laws, including an assault weapons and school grounds gun ban. “On October 1, 2017, I was having a wonderful time listening to country music with friends … when a lone gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds from his hotel room on the 32nd floor.,″ Keuter told the House Judiciary Committee. ’We were sitting ducks, and he just took aim,″ she said, killing 58 people, injuring another 851 people, “all within 11 minutes.” “When we first heard the gunfire, we were not sure what it was … until the yelling and screaming began,″ she said. “I dove for the ground and my husband dove on top of me to shield me from bullets…. We felt the blast of the bullets as they whizzed by us….I heard screaming and crying, smelled […]

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