Committee agrees in 7-0 vote: No guns in schools

Committee agrees in 7-0 vote: No guns in schools

District joins more than 20 others in R.I. in support of proposed legislation to prohibit carrying weapons

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence School Committee has joined about 20 other school boards in supporting proposed legislation that would prohibit guns on school property.

At its April 26 meeting, the board voted for a second straight year to unanimously support a gun-free resolution sponsored by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence in support of two bills before the Senate and House that would prohibit anyone, including visitors, teachers and staff members, from carrying firearms on school campuses, at sports fields, on buses and on field trips.

Law enforcement officers are not included in the proposed legislation, as noted at an April 26 school board meeting.

“Our contention is that the presence of guns in schools in the hands of anyone other than trained law enforcement makes our children less safe,” said Nan Heroux, who serves as secretary for Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, at the April meeting.

She mentioned the high-tech active shooter system recently installed at NPHS, and said the gun-free resolution complements that work.

While current laws read that guns are not allowed in Rhode Island schools, Heroux pointed out a contradiction in the law that allows anyone with a firearms permit the right to carry guns everywhere.

Companion House and Senate bills would essentially eliminate that contradiction, said Heroux. She said that while most permit holders are responsible, “none have the training or qualifications needed to respond” in a crisis situation involving an active shooter.

Heroux pointed out the Rhode Island Association of Police Chiefs and Rhode Island State Police support the legislation, and join a list of 96 partners from national and local groups that back firearm-free schools.

She said the National Association of Social Workers, University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Rhode Island State Council of Churches also support keeping schools gun-free. More than 120,000 Rhode Island residents are represented by these groups, said Heroux.

Only eight states in the country, including Rhode Island, allow concealed carry on school campuses.

“It is now more important than ever for us to keep guns off school property,” she said.


Dear school board member,
(Dear state legislator,)

I was lied to. We were promised that students would be safer once we made it illegal for honest adults to carry guns on, or near, a school campus. Well that promise sure didn’t work. The US Department of Justice reports that almost all the active shooter incidents took place in “gun-free” zones. A quarter of those incidents took place in our schools. That is unacceptable.

It is a nice letter, but it is meaningless without you. You can make it powerful. It takes one letter and a week, but you can change lives. Here is what you do with five minutes a day.
I offer you the words, but your actions make it politically powerful.
Go save lives.

Now if the town council could make all banks in North Providence gun free zones there would never be another armed robbery,,,oh wait they already are and they do get robbed. Hmmm, OK which other Constitutional right should get stripped next? 1st,4th,6th?? Take your pick. When will these fools realize that gun free zones are just a target rich environment for some lunatic?

RI is a progressive enclave in the U.S. NE. This decision isn't surprising, but it is disturbing.

No law or sign will stop a disaffected lover or another Dylan Roof from entering a school and wreaking mayhem.

Only "good guys" with guns will.

How can an ostensibly educated populace embrace such leftist lunacy? [rhetorical]

I am amazed that people make comments that suggest this is a bad idea. Are people seriously suggesting that we should allow guns in our schools. I think everyone knows it doesn't stop a possible school shooting nor does it solve the problem that the people who shoot up schools are often mentally ill. I would love to see the comments if this committee said they wanted guns in schools. Come on people get a clue!

there was no one here with a CCW, otherwise more lives may have been saved!!!! Said no rational person EVER!

Of course we don't want guns in schools, or churches, or malls, or roaming our streets but the people that do cause harm don't read or abide the laws. Put if in if it makes you safer or feel safer, should be no problem.

This town and state are so far backwards, you'd think we were part of a third world country. There are just so many issues that get brought up week after week, and our lack of leadership shines through time and time again. The sad thing is, the same group of idiots keep getting voted into office, year after year, democrat after democrat. If these people ever got their heads of the sand and actually saw how other states legislate.

I bring my grandson to Old County RD school for speech therapy. I have a concealed carry permit and carry daily. Last week I was sitting waiting for my grandson and teachers and students were walking by smiling and saying hi. Not one of them was in fear of me. As I sat there I was thinking that everyone is talking about school shootings and if someone came into that school I was their only line of defense. These people are saying that I am a danger to the students because Im armed. I wonder what they would be saying if someone came into the school and started shooting and I did nothing. After all I dont have the proper training so I guess they wouldnt want me to try to save their kids. I would imagine they would want me to just sit their and watch their kids be slaughtered. The fact is that there has never been a case of someone with a carry permit being a danger to students in RI "EVER" What is wrong with these people? They would rather have their kids be completely defenseless then to have someone that has been deemed safe to carry in public have a gun in a school? Can someone explain to me how people like me are a danger to these kids.