Rhode Island Rep Mike Chippendale calls Parkland shooting survivor a ‘dummy’

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Representative Michael Chippendale (Republican, District 40, Coventry, Foster Glocester) took to Twitter to call Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez a “dummy” Monday morning, responding to her tweet concerning the waffle house shooting hero, James Shaw Jr, who wrestled an assault weapon out of the hands of the shooter. Chippendale, elected in 2011, has an A rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“The local police say a man at the scene wrestled his gun away – looks like you don’t need to arm a teacher (or a resource officer) to stop a shooting. There goes the sales pitch for @SmithWessenCorp,” wrote Gonzalez on Sunday.

Early Monday morning, Representative Chippendale responded, also on Twitter, “But if he DID have a gun – the police still wouldn’t be searching for the gunman, and the entire region wouldn’t be on lockdown… dummy.”

Chippendale blocks me on Twitter, thank you to those who helped me confirm this story.

Update: The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) released the following statement on Twitter:

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  1. Joshua Smith, you said “Take away the guns and they still use guns because criminals don’t care about laws. Banning things creates a black market which creates more crime and more death in the long run. ” By that logic we should get rid of all laws, because some percentage of the population will always choose to break them and we should legalize all drugs, because banning them created a black market.

    • This thread is about Emma Gonzalez and Rep Chippendale’s remark. It’s gone off topic, however, to the point where the argument is about criminalization, Drug criminalization is the major driver of the black market in illegal guns, which gun control laws have done nothing to stop beyond enhancing already enhanced penalties, a major driver of the prison industrial complex.

      Re: drug decriminalization, it has been a successful tack for the country of Portugal:


  2. I hate when people refer to her as a parkland shooting survivor as if she’s immune to criticism. Right now she’s a political figure with a large influence. What’s happening is dangerous, her opinions are fueled by emotion and misinformation and media outlets are using her to push their own political agenda. The guys gun jammed which gave the hero an opportunity to stop him. She uses her own lack of knowledge to push an agenda and it’s gross. The issue we should be focusing on is not guns, it’s mental health and why so many kids are pushed so far that they want to commit a mass shooting. These kids don’t have anywhere else to go and the only solution to them is to have their fifteen minutes of fame the only way they know how. Something that prevents kids from being bullied and ridiculed to the point of killing as many people as they can seems a lot more preventative than taking away people’s right to defend themselves. Take away the guns and they still use guns because criminals don’t care about laws. Banning things creates a black market which creates more crime and more death in the long run. The 2nd amendment isn’t any less important than any of the other amendments I don’t know why people assume it is.

    • We absolutely need to focus on guns. Studies show that fewer guns = fewer deaths by gun violence. This has been verified repeatedly by looking at statistics from virtually every developed country. None has more mass shootings than the U.S.; none has more guns. There is no evidence that mass shootings occur because kids are bullied. If that was the case most mass shootings in schools would be committed by gay, lesbian, disabled students – kids who are actually bullied the most. Mass shootings are primarily committed by adult white men, not by kids. Emma is a well spoken, intelligent Parkland shooting survivor. Deal with it.

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