Michael McKinney is a reporter at The Providence Journal, in Rhode Island. He has worked at The Journal since 2002, covering courts and local and statewide news. Previously, he worked for the News-Times in Danbury, Conn., covering the Connecticut state legislature.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Michael McKinney
"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."
"Half of all hospitalized seniors are suffering from malnutrition so severe that it either caused their illness or it prevents them from getting better."
North Korea has a "substantial standing army, one of the largest, certainly the largest per capita, in the world."
"If you are a federally licensed gun dealer and your license is revoked because you've engaged in misconduct ... your entire inventory under prevailing law is deemed your personal collection. You then can sell it free from any background checks."
Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."
"In Rhode Island, 28 percent of adults released from state prisons are re-incarcerated within a year."
Assertions that it makes no difference whether children are raised by heterosexual or homosexual parents have been "shattered by the latest and best social science and research."
"There is no clinical evidence that vaccinating healthcare workers protects patients."
"In 32 other states and Washington D.C., they [voters] can avoid the wait by voting before Election Day."
"Rhode Island could tell you who has a camper, but we couldn't figure out who has a gun."
Recent stories from Michael McKinney
Gun claims examined by PolitiFactRI often misfire
The push for tougher gun control legislation continues in the General Assembly Tuesday, April 9, as state officials hold a news conference at the State House to promote a package of bills covering such issues as background checks, firearms safety, weapons sales and modifying penalties for existing gun laws.