A Rhode Island State Senator has apologized for yelling “Go f*** yourself” at a gun rights supporter outside of the statehouse.
Democrat Joshua Miller, who represents Cranston, cursed at gun rights supporter Dan Bidondi who confronted him outside of the state house after Miller supported a law that would ban the sale of semi-automatic firearms.
Bidondi called the proposed law unconstitutional, saying “The second amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that.” Miller said that Bidondi was “intimidating supporters of the legislation”, who he says “included religious leaders and elderly veterans.” Miller excuses his actions saying that’s what led to his “human and guttural response.”
Miller released a full statement, saying “It quickly became a highly charged atmosphere, which required the presence of the Capitol Police. The individual in question is not new to the State House and is known for his aggressive and intimidating manner. He also was interrupting legitimate members of the media who were attempting to conduct interviews.”
“After watching him antagonize an elderly veteran he swung his camera my way, which produced a very human and guttural reaction. I respect both the Second Amendment and the First Amendment. It is important to note that the individual in question was physically removed from a committee room by the Capitol Police later that evening.”
“Regardless of the emotions and atmosphere of the moment, it does not justify the language I used that day. Out of respect for the decorum of the State House and the constituents I represent, I offer my apologies.”
“If the Second Amendment violates people’s beliefs or offends people, I stand guilty,” Bidondi says. He also says he never intimidated anyone, “That was the only confrontation I had with Miller prior to the question and instead of a nice response, he told me to go F myself,” Bidondi adds.
The NRA points to this bill and four others in Rhode Island, saying “These bills are nearly identical bills to those that stalled in the state Legislature last year, however, anti-gun lawmakers relentlessly continue to focus on law-abiding citizens rather than target criminals. As a result, cities like Providence continue to suffer under the scourge of crime.”