Statements about Public Safety

In 2012, there were nearly 12.2 million arrests and only 410 "uses of deadly force" by police in the United States.

"There have been at least 100 shootings each year [Angel Taveras] has been mayor" of Providence.

Al Sharpton went to Ferguson, Mo., and is "declaring as a matter of fact that ... Michael Brown didn't use any deadly force or posed no deadly threat to the officer."

"Every 28 hours" an unarmed black person is shot by a cop.

"Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts."

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."

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