On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, Rhode Islanders flocked to the State House to show their support for the Second Amendment. The Rhode Island Young Republicans had over a dozen members in attendance throughout the building signing in favor and opposition to legislation as well as testifying in the Senate and House. Among this group was Providence County Chair Aaron Wilcox, and Communication James Piccolino.
Aaron Wilcox asks, “Shall not be infringed. Do these four words sound familiar? If they do then you are familiar with the second amendment to the United States Constitution.” The right to bear arms is a natural right protect to us as free law abiding citizens and is not up for debate. We do not believe it is outdated or irrelevant in today’s society as tyranny and oppression are still as prevalent today as it has been throughout our history. Wilcox follows with stating how disgusted he is over, “people standing on the graves of victims to further push a false narrative that gun control works.” While Aaron was at the State House, he was able to listen to testimony both in favor and opposition to banning “assault weapons.” Aarons take away from listening to both sides of this debate was, “Those unfamiliar with the term ‘assault weapons’ don’t understand that is it a pejorative description to make people feel afraid when in reality, any type of weapon can be used to assault someone.”
James Piccolino who is also very engaged on this issue believes many in attendance felt, “this is the last stand in the face of relentless opposition and gun control advocacy.” James was able to get into the State House just before the lines started to grow. James told us that, “after a short time the line to enter the State House was already far outside the doors, down the street, and yellow t-shirts were quickly sold out.” Piccolino spoke with the Pro-Second Amendment organizers that informed him this rally was by far the largest turnout they have ever seen. James tells of the excitement and surprised looks being visible on many of their faces over the turnout. While James was checking social media, he noticed some anti-constitutionalist posting that they were “vastly out numbered” and they were “seated in the hearing room, shaking.”
As the session moves along, the Rhode Island Young Republicans will be looking at opposing any bills that infringe upon our inalienable rights, and further pushes the Progressive agenda within our state. Our group is about having fun engaging in politics from the State House to the Campaign trails. Together, we will be successful in our efforts to make Rhode Island a more free state to live, work, and raise a family.