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Rural Rhode Island Towns Revolt Against Gun Control

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6 rural towns in Western Rhode Island are revolting against the state’s gun control status quo.

These rural towns are flirting with the idea of declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuary communities. In other words, these will be places where gun rights won’t be infringed no matter what gun control state lawmakers pass.

These resolutions resemble the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances that started in Oregon and have spread across to other states such as Maryland and New Mexico.

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The Providence Journal reports Burrillville was the first town to pass such a resolution in the past month. On Monday, May 8, 2019, the Hopkinton Town Council passed a similar resolution on a 3 to 2 vote.

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Council member Scott Bill Hirst said, “The Second Amendment is not a suggestion. It’s guaranteed, like freedom of the press, freedom of assembly.”

Hirst added, “We have a degree of arrogance from state leaders … and I’m going to proudly vote to defend the Second Amendment.”

The council member’s words brought cheers from gun rights advocates in the room.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently unveiled a package of gun control bills that would ban so-called “assault weapons”, impose magazine capacity limits, and ban guns on or near school grounds, with the exception of those carried by law-enforcement officers.

The towns of Glocester, Richmond, Foster, and West Greenwich are also floating these kinds of measures around. Interestingly, the Providence Journal notes that these towns voted for Donald Trump.

After Burrillville’s unanimous vote in favor of Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, State Senator Elaine J. Morgan encouraged the five towns she represents (Hopkinton, Charlestown, Exeter, Richmond and West Greenwich) to follow suit in passing these resolutions.

In a letter, Morgan said “I swore an oath when taking office to protect and uphold our Constitution from any infringements.” She noted that “any gun-control laws that infringe upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms will not be enforced.”

Governor Raimondo declared that if her gun control bills pass, she expects the entire state of Rhode Island to “follow the law, and the state police will enforce that law.”

The national gun control nullification campaign grows larger by the day.

Liberty Conservative News reported how it’s one of the fastest growing battlegrounds for the Second Amendment movement in 2019.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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