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Rhode Island Gun Law Leaves Campus Cops Holding Billy Clubs And Pepper Spray In Search For Alleged Gunman

April 10, 2013 by  

When a call came in last week reporting someone had seen a gunman on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, the campus police sprang into action, placing the school on lockdown.

But had there been a gunman (it turned out to be a false alarm), the cops would literally have been bringing sticks to a gunfight. State law in Rhode Island doesn’t allow deputized campus police to carry guns.

State police can carry guns onto campuses, but reports indicate they weren’t at the scene in last week’s incident until 20 minutes after the call.

The scare prompted State Representative and retired cop Joe Almeida to redouble his efforts to get a bill passed that would permit campus police officers who’ve been properly trained to carry firearms while on the job. No word on the number of students and faculty who’d like for that Constitutional power to extend to themselves as well.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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