[City, State, ZIP Code]
[Name of Recipient]
[City, State, ZIP Code]
Dear Sir or Madam,
It is with substantial consideration that I bring forth this matter of discussion based on stabilizing our jurisdictions ability to uphold and defend our 2nd Amendment rights. When sworn into office I took an oath to protect and uphold our constitution from being infringed upon. As you are aware, Governor Gina Raimondo is once again pushing for a substantial amount of gun control bills. These bills failed to pass the General Assembly in the past few years. RI need just enforce firearm legislation currently on the books.
In December of 1791 the United States Constitution adopted The Bill of Rights which was ratified to provide greater constitutional protection for individual liberties and to protect citizens from an intrusive government.
According to Center for Disease Control and Preventions webpage, in 2016 the United States had a total of 38,658 deaths by injury of a firearm with 2/3 of that number being deaths from suicide. Rhode Island accounted for 0.12% of those deaths with a total of 49 reported deaths by injury of a firearm. This proved Rhode Island to be second least likely state to be injured by a firearm with death resulting. Also, between 2014 and 2017 Rhode Island maintained a position in the top five least likely states to be injured by a firearm, death resulting.
An abundance of states, counties, cities, and towns across the United States have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” which means any gun-control laws that infringe upon the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms will not be enforced. The Rhode Island town of Burrillville has already passed resolution in late April deeming themselves a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” enabling police departments to use sound discretion while enforcing Second Amendment-related laws.
The law enforcement and Town Council members within these communities have showed the residents how they share similar values in fairness, respect, and integrity. Considering this movement, I ask the towns of Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, West Greenwich and Exeter humbly for the support of our local Police Departments and Town Council members in proposing a similar resolution to that of Burrillville. It is imperative that these five historic towns as well as our local Police Departments and Town Council members work together in preserving and maintaining our freedom and Constitutional rights. I have also attached Burrillville’s adopted resolution.
Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.