RI senator uses choice words to gun control critic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Senator Joshua Miller apologized to his constituents for cursing at a blogger who had just made a statement about the second amendment following a gun control news conference.

Dan Bidondi, a reporter for the website Infowars, approached Miller last Tuesday in the Rhode Island State House.

“The second amendment shall not be infringed,” Bidondi said to Miller, who was talking to a group of people. “You people need to understand that.”

Seconds after Bidondi pointed his microphone at Miller, the Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Warwick retorted.

“Go (expletive) yourself,” Miller said. An unidentified man with a camera who was standing next to Miller then leaned forward and repeated the phrase into Bidondi’s microphone.

Miller tells Target 12 that before the confrontation, Bidondi had appeared at a news conference about proposed gun control legislation. Miller claims Bidondi then “started berating members of the coalition and intimidating elderly veterans, members of the clergy and victims of violence.”

Target 12 reached out to Bidondi through his website and via his LinkedIn account, but he did not respond.

During an audio statement that plays before a YouTube version of the State House dust up, Bidondi calls the proposed gun control legislation draconian and unconstitutional.

“Prior to the hearing,” Bidondi says in the recorded statement, referring to a committee hearing held last Tuesday evening. “I tried to get comments from gun grabbing Rhode Island State Senator Josh Miller. And this is the professional response that they gave me.”

In the last paragraph of his statement Miller said Bidondi’s actions did not justify his language, although he did not apologize directly to the blogger.

“Out of respect for the decorum of the State House and the constituents I represent, I offer my apologies,” Miller said.

Miller also claimed in his statement that at the hearing held after the confrontation, Bidondi had to be “physically removed from a committee room by the Capitol Police” for causing a commotion.

Last Tuesday’s incidents were not Bidondi’s first State House fracas. Last April he stood up during a news conference about a proposed package of nine gun control measures, yelling a series of statistics toward then House Speaker Gordon Fox.

“That’s not a question,” Rhode Island House spokesman Larry Berman said to Bidondi

“No. There’s a question. There’s a question,” Bidondi responded.

Berman then yells “next”, calling for WPRI’s Sean Daly to ask a question as Bidondi sat down in the crowded room.

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau.

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