Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Portsmouth schools will test out a new surveillance system in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT.
Portsmouth school officials were quick to examine Portsmouth's own security only days after last December's shooting in Newtown, CT. School officials in Portsmouth immediately looked for ways to increase security after the deadliest school shooting in recent U.S. history. Nearly six months later, in a decision with Orwellian connotations, the Portsmouth School District will try out a new security system. The new security system asks teachers to upload photos and videos from their classrooms in the event of an emergency, reports The Associated Press. Portsmouth School Superintendent will then be able to watch the footage and notify first responders, according to the article. The surveillance system is called VizSafe, which is produced…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The proposed legislation would require anyone who possesses a firearm to register the gun with their local police
Rep. Linda Finn (D-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth) has introduced legislation aimed at enabling police to better track guns in their communities. The legislation would require gun owners to register their weapons with their local police or the state police, and allow police to keep copies of applications for gun purchases sent to them for background checks. “It’s surprising that Rhode Island doesn’t already do this," said Finn. "Our current law requires background checks, a seven-day waiting period and applications for anyone who wants to buy a gun, but actually requires police to destroy the record of the application afterward." Under the legislation (2013-H 5573), anyone who possesses a firearm would be required to register the gun …
Friday, December 21, 2012
National group issues statement about preventing future tragedies after shooting that killed 28, including the gunman, in Connecticut.
Friday, December 21, 2012
After days of silence, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has released a statement on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." In the release, the organization begins to explain its silence, saying: "Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting." Critics had called out the group in the days following the shooting: As citizens and legislators began to fall on either side of a debate about what, if at all, should be done about gun laws, many wondered why the group was absent from the conversation. Like many Americans, Patch readers …