Despite opposition, Cumberland council passes resolution on gun violence

Despite opposition, Cumberland council passes resolution on gun violence

CUMBERLAND – Rejecting suggestions of an underlying insidious plan to degrade Second Amendment rights, the Town Council last week backed a resolution declaring June 7 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in town.

The council voted 5-1 for the resolution, with Council President Peter Bradley the nay vote.

A call to action was issued prior to the June 5 meeting urging supporters of gun rights to show up at the meeting, and many ended up turning out.

Sue Larson, on the leadership team of the Rhode Island Chapter of advocacy group Moms Demand Action, urged the council to pass a resolution she said supports doing more to “end the epidemic of gun violence” and bringing more awareness to what can be done to reduce it.

The resolution gives a list of statistics on those who have lost their lives to gun violence, stating that support of Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from people with dangerous histories.

It mentions that a national coalition of organizations has designated the first Friday in June as National Gun Violence Awareness Day and that by wearing orange on that day, it will raise awareness about gun violence and honor the lives of victims and survivors.

“We renew our commitment to reduce gun violence and pledge to do all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands and encourage responsible gun owners to help keep our children safe,” states the resolution.

Fred Lermer, president of the Cumberland Beagle Club, spoke on behalf of the “Second Amendment community,” noting the club’s many acts of service and charity to the community and suggesting that this resolution is an attempt to “vilify the entire community.”

Members of Larson’s group have long been trying to change gun rights laws, and this is part of a strategy to start at the ground level to get support and work their way up, Lermer suggested. This is a federal issue, he said, and should stay at that level. He said the Beagle Club is “very much against this” as the first move “down a slippery slope.” He urged the council to support members of his organization the way they support the community.

Councilor Lisa Beaulieu said there may be a belief that there is a broader mission and motivation behind the resolution, but she thinks it’s related to awareness and not an attempt to restrict Second Amendment rights for responsible gun owners. She also applauded the efforts of the Beagle Club in the community.

Councilor Bob Shaw agreed, saying as a veteran he too supports the rights of gun owners but doesn’t see the resolution equating to Cumberland declaring itself “an anti-gun community or anything of that sort.” He said as a father he’s fine with raising awareness that gun violence is happening in the country, and sees nothing wrong with declaring a day of awareness. He thanked both parties for making their case in a positive way.

Councilor Mike Kinch, former deputy police chief in the town, said he too supports the Second Amendment, but “didn’t see anything anti-gun owner” in the resolution.

Bradley later told The Valley Breeze he saw the resolution as a “step toward going against the Second Amendment,” saying he put his “faith in the president of the local gun club” in opposing it. Lerner was right that orange has always been the color of gun users, and he agrees with Lermer that this is an effort to start a grassroots campaign against guns.

If this resolution was truly about reducing violence and wasn’t opposing guns, said Bradley, it should have mentioned other forms of violence.

“To put ‘gun’ in it, that’s only targeting one thing, in my opinion,” he said.



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There is no such thing as "gun violence". This is a focus-group-driven buzzword and talking point to create an imaginary bogeyman as the main anti 2nd Amendment propaganda tool. There are PEOPLE who commit violence with guns, but there are many more people who commit violence without them.
And, since the term "gun violence" is a catchword/cliche, the title suggests an unattainable goal. People have been robbing and killing other people, using the weapons of the day, since the beginning of man on this planet, which identifies the real issue - controlling criminal impulses in humans, not the otherwise legal instruments they use to commit crimes.
Anyone who doesn't realize and/or acknowledge this isn't thinking, s/he is 'feeling', and our liberty cannot depend upon what anybody 'feels'.

I applaud these knee jerk reactions to appease the loud cries of action from the masses. I must decree that I associate the wearing of orange more with awareness for construction safety. Random question, how often has a 'gunman' ever worn orange to commit an act of violence? 'Red = Dead' would be more appropriate for the Hoplophobias out there, where the red dot means the safety is off. Face it, Utopian societies don't exist. We have too many of these "National Days" to even keep track of what people are trying to raise awareness for... National Gun Violence Day, National Non-Binary Day, National Flower Day, National Nationalism Day... Who cares? If you want to protest violence, protest violence. However violence has survived since the first Ape humanoid smacked another with a tree branch... "To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering"

Mental health as a weapon against the people is communist in origin..
Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
Deceptive Transformation: The Truth of Soviet Influence in America and Gun Control..
The idea of using mental health as a weapon against the people is communist in origin, and the social sciences, or the studying of human behavior has its roots in early twentieth century Russia when Ivan Pavlov developed his
"classical conditioning" theories. In fact, Pavlov was disturbed that Vladimir Lenin would use these conditioning methods against the people in order to get them to accept communism. Since that time the social sciences have been used as a means of maintaining control over populations and getting them to accept their own down fall. This is happening today in the United States as our universities and public schools have long ago adopted educational techniques based on the social sciences and classical conditioning methods.

There are over 370 "mental disorders" listed in the latest version of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) The list includes "Tobacco Addiction Disorder" among other equally mundane and ridiculous so-called "mental illnesses."
If the DSM is the standard by which politicians wishes to remove our rights to own guns, then I'd guess 90% of the American people could probably be classified with a mental disorder of one kind or another.
American Psychiatric Asso says Half of Americans are mentally ill..
After crafting by politicians and Media all will be crazy except for the media/politicians..
300 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs were written in 2009 alone..
Your children on medication for ADHD?
Single woman with children diagnosed with depression?
be careful what you ask for

Bob Shaw "doesn’t see the resolution equating to Cumberland declaring itself 'an anti-gun community or anything of that sort.'"

Mr. Shaw, aligning yourselves with Moms Demand Action and the like is exactly that, a declaration that you support their position. Despite their denials, they are virulently anti-gun.

So quit the BS.

Bob Shaw "doesn’t see the resolution equating to Cumberland declaring itself 'an anti-gun community or anything of that sort.'”

But that is EXACTLY what it equates to, by aligning itself with the likes of Moms Demand Action, who, despite its disingenuous denials, is at the hub of the "anti-gun community."

(Cue the Wizard of Oz) "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

The "Moms" groups love to paint the gun as an object that has a life of its own capable of firing on its own. When a car is involved in a death we do not report that the car did the killing.

To the above commenter who lives life with blinders on: Write back after your innocent child is murdered in a school shooting by a guy with a GUN or your wife is blown to bits while shopping at the mall by a guy with a GUN! It's violence and it's done with a GUN. And yet you insist there is no such thing as gun violence. Crazy.

Anyone who views the second amendment as a 100% free pass to own any destructive weapon of their choice is a nutjob. That's why America's enemies finance the NRA, a gun producer lobbying group. The second amendment has become a divisive fulcrum to sow division in the populace using destructive killing implements. No wonder kids have to worry about mass shootings at school while we get told 'it's a mental health issue!'. Socialist medicine is also a problem to the same people who decry guns aren't the issue. Shame.

First, the 1st amendment allows you to call people names. Glad you using it, all be it like a first grader....

Second, Can you please tell me just exactly what the 2nd Amendment does, or allows us nut-jobs to do?

Third, just to help you zone in a little, what the 2nd Amendment DOESN'T do is allow for the open ownership of weapons of destruction as you try to point out. can't own an fully automatic gun, tank, bombs, etc.

Don't like guns? don't own them. Simple, simple, simple.

The second amendment clearly states we need regulations. As noted, it's a fulcrum of division right now financed by the Russian Government. Gun Laws keep people safe and prevent gun violence. Better to be mad at me for calling someone a nutjob than to be shot by someone with an assault rifle (In before you scream about the term assault rifle :D ).

I'm not opposed to people owning guns, but I think that regulation needs to be put in place to curb the amount of mass murders committed with guns that has escalated in this country.

Japan is a good country to look at for this. It is a country of 127 million people with a average of only 10 gun related deaths a year.

If Japanese people want to own a gun, they must attend an all-day class, pass a written test, and achieve at least 95% accuracy during a shooting-range test. Then they have to pass a mental-health evaluation, which takes place at a hospital, and pass a background check, in which the government digs into their criminal record and interviews friends and family. They can only buy shotguns and air rifles — no handguns — and every three years they must retake the class and initial exam.