Statements about Public Safety

Says Keene, N.H., requested a "military-grade armored personnel truck," citing their annual Pumpkin Festival as "a possible target" for terrorists.

In Ferguson, Mo., "you've got three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American."  

Milwaukee County taxpayers paid $370,000 to settle a lawsuit over a decision by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. to use "untrained corrections officers" rather than deputies to patrol the lakefront.

"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."

"Congressman (Tom) Cotton is the only Arkansan in Congress -- Democrat or Republican -- to vote against disaster relief five times."

An average of nine children a day in the U.S. die of gunshot wounds.

There is no "incontrovertible proof that speed, in and of itself, is the contributing factor to increasing (vehicular) fatalities."

The Rhode Island Parole Board "never received an objection from the attorney general" to the parole of  convicted murder Alfred Brissette.

"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."

David Dewhurst is "the first lieutenant governor in history to have a personal security detail."

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

"Obamacare could force thousands of volunteer fire stations to cut service or close entirely!"

"In 2011, texting surpassed alcohol as the leading contributing factor in teen driving deaths."  

"The CDC issued a report commissioned by President Obama just earlier this year, and it found some very inconvenient facts. Armed citizens are less likely harmed by attackers. Effectiveness of gun control laws is mixed. Gun buybacks don't work."

"The fact is that red light cameras change driver behavior and cut down on the most dangerous types of accidents."

Says that in Curry County, "if you make a 911 call you’re likely to wait for an hour for a response."

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

Says TriMet spends "$10.3 million in police contracts" a year for 56 transit police who must respond to non-transit calls

If Gov. Rick Scott activates "the National Guard in anticipation of a federal disaster, the state’s costs, including the costs to recall any furloughed guardsmen, will be fully reimbursable by FEMA."

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