Statements about Public Safety

"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."

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

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

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

"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."

Driving with a dog in your lap is dangerous, in part, because it could fly forward in a crash. "An 80-pound dog at only 30 mph packs a 2,400-pound punch."

Three thousand felons voted in Rhode Island in 2008.

"David Cicilline was the state representative who opposed tough mandatory sentences for those convicted of domestic violence  and child abuse."

"Rhode Island is the only state where officers at state-supported [colleges] carry out their duties unarmed."

Enacting the Right-to-Carry Act would amount to "expanding the rights of sex offenders, terrorists, child predators, and abusers to carry concealed weapons across state lines.’’

"Hydrogen sulfide . . . [was] used in the genocide of Jews in Germany. "

"Under Governor Almond the RI DMV had a program that allowed undocumented [people to] use their Personal Tax Identification Number . . . to apply [for] and receive a RI driver’s license."

Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.

"There are 30,000 people that have been killed with seat belts."

"Providence is one of the busiest fire departments for its relative size in the country."

"Most of your serial killers, most of your people who commit domestic violence, they start off by abusing animals."

"What we have now is the most generous, in my opinion, 'good time' bill in the entire United States."

"Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States, and Rhode Island has the second-highest incidence of this disease in the country."

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