Would gun control have prevented the recent shootings in Rhode Island?

Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters attend a rally led by student activists at Rhode Island’s Statehouse on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Providence, R.I.Jennifer McDermott/Associated Press PROVIDENCE — Around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, four men in a four-door silver Dodge Ram with Tennessee plates slowly drove into the city’s Washington Park neighborhood and stopped outside 87 Carolina Ave. They jumped out with guns drawn and started shooting at a group of people on the porch, firing off more than 40 rounds of bullets. Eight people were injured by gun fire , and one person was injured by “something else.” The victims ranged in age from 19 to 25 years old. There have been three other shootings in Providence and Pawtucket since then. All three victims — age 25, 20 and 19 — have died. Four shootings in four days have rattled Rhode Island. Police have seized twice as many illegal firearms so far this week as they did last year. On Monday morning, Rhode Island’s US Congressional delegation joined Governor Dan McKee, Attorney General Peter Neronha, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Nonviolence Institute Executive Director Cedric Huntley, and Moms Demand Action activist Diana Garlington at the Nonviolence Institute’s headquarters. There, Huntley said the last several days have “just not been normal.” “We’ve been working around the clock to help those victims, those families that have been hurt by violence,” said Huntley. “There’s no words for what we see.” Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and US Congressmen David […]

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