Statements about Crime

In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.

Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.

Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.

"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."

"Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest."

"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."

"The vast, overwhelming majority of [crimes that occur with a firearm] are committed by people who don’t legally possess that firearm in the first place."

Rhode Island's graduated driving license "has saved hundreds of lives."

"Rhode Island has a [inmate] recidivism rate of over 60 percent."

"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried "not far" from President Kennedy’s grave.

"Two years ago Providence alone spent $50,000 a year notifying the school department" about residents in the state's sex offender registry.

In Cranston, it costs $5,000 to $6,000 to send out community notifications on just one Level 3 sex offender.

Proposed gun control legislation "will outlaw practically every firearm, make you pay $100 per firearm, put you into a police database" and make it "nearly impossible" to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

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."

"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."

"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."

"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."

"Switzerland (where the government) issues every household a gun . . . has the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world!!!"

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