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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
When reporters asked Baltimore police and state agencies where the guns used in city crimes came from, no one could provide specific information. "I can tell you that the vast majority, 95 percent plus, are committed with illegal guns," Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. But he didn't use data to support that widely held assumption. Local law enforcement agencies don't have that information because of a federal blockage of gun tracing data. Police also can't reveal what gun tracing data they do have because a federal law passed a decade ago shields most firearm tracking information from the public.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Baltimore County police continue to search for a 24-year-old man who they believe shot his girlfriend's ex-husband with a BB gun at Hereford High School in Parkton Wednesday night. Police on Thursday morning said they have an arrest warrant for the suspect, Ernesto Alexander Piche, of the 19900 block of Gunpowder Road in Manchester. The victim had gone to the school to see his son, where he and Piche got into an argument in the parking lot next to some athletic fields, police said.
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April 4, 2013
I am a hardworking, tax-paying, upstanding resident of Cecil County with grave concerns about the direction of our great state. The anti-gun legislation currently making its way through our state government is truly scary ("Md. gun laws set sights on the long term," April 2). Not only is it an extreme overreach of state authority and a violation of our constitutional rights as American citizens, it flies in the face of what was intended by the founders of our great nation. The tragedy of all this is the fact that no life will be saved by this legislation (statistics will and have proven this)
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A man was injured when he was shot with a BB gun near Hereford High School at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, Baltimore County police said. The victim, estimated to be in his 50s, had an upper-body wound and is expected to survive, police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said. Police said initially that they were not sure whether the weapon was a BB gun or a low-caliber handgun. Authorities are searching the area of the 17300 block of York Rd. for a suspect, who might have also caused a nearby car crash, in which a vehicle left the road, police said.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
We are surrounded by idiots! There are the idiots who are able to buy assault weapons with no problems. We have idiots from the film industry who insist on releasing idiotic violent movies. We have newscasters who barrage their audiences with violent stories (Has anyone watched the 11 o'clock local news in most cities?). We have idiotic politicians who seem to think that ownership of assault weapons is OK - after all, the 2 n d Amendment says ownership of assault weapons is OK, forgetting the fact that the amendment was framed at a time when there were no restrictions on guns because we as a young country had not yet established a meaningful lawful society.
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May 29, 2013
I just read that in Baltimore, the city that bleeds, there were 12 shootings over a period of four days ("12 shot in four days in city," May 28). Let me see now, at the rate of three per day, over the period of 365 days, that would add up to 1,095! But the residents of Baltimore shouldn't panic, for two very good reasons. First, we all know that shootings at the rate of there per day most likely are not sustainable as Baltimore's criminal culture simply cannot maintain that pace, or can it?
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Why didn't Jules Witcover use President Barack Obama's quote to the effect that "control measures as I have presented would most likely have not affected Newtown" ("Obama settles for half measures on gun control," March 19)? And another question: How much will the homicide rate go down in Baltimore with the Nanny-Governor Martin O'Malley's new gun control laws? Let me help you - zero. But good citizens will pay more and be fingerprinted. That's a big whoop! The disingenuousness is palpable.
NEWS
March 12, 2013
Men and women have served and died for this country, for us and our rights and to protect those rights, and they should not be taken away from us with a stroke of pen. The problem is the gun violence and the criminals that can and will use the guns to commit these crimes. These are the issues that need to be addressed. The ones that will be affected by Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed gun control law are the law abiding citizens of this state. We must stand up and fight for our rights!
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February 21, 2013
Maryland's political MOB (Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch) are now pushing for more gun control laws on law abiding citizens with the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. Maryland today already has some of the most stringent gun control laws in America. It needs to enforce the current laws, and the courts need to hand out stronger sentences. The Maryland MOB claims to want to "keep guns out of the hands of criminals. " Maybe they should consider the actions of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious scandal where hundreds, if not thousands, of assault weapons were given to criminals and used against our own border patrols killing one agent.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
The former chief of the Baltimore State's Attorney's office's gun unit was arrested over the weekend and charged with a handgun violation, records show.  Matthew Fraling, 49, who spent 23 years as a city prosecutor and oversaw prosecutions of gun offenders for his final two years, was pulled over on Friday night at about 11:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of Guilford Ave. after an officer in an unmarked vehicle began following him. The officer, Det....
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October 8, 2014
Jack Mccauley's letter belittling the Firearms Safety Act fails to mention the most important parts of the new law - the requirement that handgun purchasers get a fingerprint-based license and the authority for the state police to regulate firearms dealers ( "O'Malley, Brown are kidding themselves with gun law," Oct. 7). According to Professor Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other gun violence prevention experts, laws like these in other states are working to keep guns out of the wrong hands and save lives.
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October 6, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's recent commentary on Maryland's 2013 Firearms Safety Act is disingenuous and deceitful ( "Brown: I will enforce gun safety law," Oct. 2). The law does nothing to make Marylander's safer. Maryland has had strict guns laws for the last 30 years, yet we are ranked the eighth most violent state according to U.S. Justice Department statistics. Nor did the law truly ban the sale of military style assault rifles; it banned a few models, but many "sporting rifles" with "assault style" features are still legally available.
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October 6, 2014
After reading his op-ed ( "Brown: I will enforce gun safety law," Sept. 4), I have some questions I would like Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown to answer. How does disarming law-abiding citizens protect anyone and not create a scenario in which citizens are not able to defend themselves? What makes him believe that any criminal who is intending on harming or murdering someone is concerned with what the gun laws allow? How many murders in the state of Maryland in the last year were committed with these now banned rifles?
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 5, 2014
Thousands of miles on the road this summer and fall have afforded me the opportunity to observe a variety of political ads from across the spectrum. Herewith, observations from the heartland: I assume the relentless Democratic campaign to demonize the conservative Koch Brothers and their "Americans for Prosperity" organization has been poll tested, but I still don't get it. Driving negatives against someone (or something) that few people recognize violates a core tenet of political advertising.
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By Anthony G. Brown | October 2, 2014
Editor's note: The Sun also plans to run an op-ed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in the coming weeks.  This week, we marked the one-year anniversary of a lifesaving law taking effect, the Firearm Safety Act. But, Marylanders still stand at a crossroads between two very different futures for our state. In 2013, in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting and the all too common acts of gun violence on our own streets, we took real action to protect our communities by passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A man with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday - marking the seventh time this year officers have seized a firearm at the airport's checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration said in a news release Tuesday that officers staffing the checkpoint X-ray machines detected the handgun, which was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, inside a Hidden Valley, Pa. resident's carry-on bag. Officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who confiscated the firearm and arrested the man, TSA officials said.
NEWS
May 9, 2013
It is time for gun sense in America! As voters, we will hold our elected officials accountable for keeping our children safe from gun violence ("Whose side is the NRA on?" May 7). Our elected officials are our employees. Just like with any job, when an employee doesn't fulfill the demands of the employer, the are replaced. Look out on election day! Cynthia Kresslein, Ellicott City
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February 26, 2013
In a truly moral and civilized society, people would interact exclusively through persuasion. Force would have no place as a means of social interaction. Yet the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, paradoxical as that may sound. When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or use of force. The gun puts a 100-lb. woman on equal footing with a 220-lb.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
Wednesday marks the anniversary of Maryland's tough new gun control law going into effect, and advocates are marking the occasion with a rally in Columbia. The law is getting some recognition in the governor's race, too, with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democrat, hammering at his opponent, Republican Larry Hogan, for opposing the state's assault weapons ban, the ban on sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines and "common sense background checks. " The claims are true in that Mr. Hogan opposed Senate Bill 281 of 2013, the gun control legislation Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed through (with some assistance from Mr. Brown)
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September 29, 2014
Most people who kill themselves do so from a place of great pain, hopelessness, self-worthlessness and despair. But suicide is best explained not with reference to the concepts of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (as was done in the Sept. 24 commentary, "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide" . That's like trying to explain why people die from malaria by quoting Aristotle. Severe depression is an illness. Everybody should know that. States with the highest rates of people taking their own lives have many characteristics in common, including a shortage of facilities for the treatment of mental disorders; proportionately larger populations of groups most prone to suicide, including Caucasians, Native Americans and men; higher rates of alcohol abuse, unemployment, poverty, geographic and social isolation; widespread gun ownership; and the "cowboy mentality" in which self-reliant individualism is lauded and help-seeking is eschewed, and as a result, psychology, psychiatry and mental health practitioners often are looked upon with suspicion or distain.
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