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December 20, 2012
Where does one start about guns and the love for an outdated Second Amendment that our forefathers if they lived today would never have written? Where does one begin about the armament industry, corporations without conscience for all they are killing in the name of profit? And what happened to the fingerprint activation device they once promised as a gun lock to save the lives of our children? What happened to our TV, theater, the games our children play, and who decided America needed a steady diet of murderous violence?
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NEWS
August 28, 2014
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. opines for 13 paragraphs on the reasons Jews don't vote for Republicans but he barely touches on the reasons for that lack of support ( "The GOP supports Israel more than Dems," Aug. 24) Maybe Jews despise the inherent racism within the party, the Christian Evangelicals who dictate its social policies, the slow and willful erosion of the one-man, one-vote Democratic political philosophy and the GOP's fervent embrace of the gun culture. Despite the fact that Republicans generally support the state of Israel, maybe American Jews looking at today's Republican Party and its leaders are just fearful that what they are seeing there is a return to good old-fashioned fascism.
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NEWS
March 25, 2013
The Sun and others have paid little attention to the importance of firearm size in the context of the current gun control debate. Due to the fact they are easily concealed and portable, handguns are more often accidentally discharged, used to commit suicide and, most importantly, employed by criminals. Rifles, on the other hand, are far less to be involved in such cases. That's why lumping rifle and handgun restrictions together is a mistake. People who purchase firearms less than 30 inches in length should receive the additional scrutiny the state wants, but the tougher scrutiny shouldn't apply to those who buy guns larger than that.
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Dan Rodricks | January 25, 2014
Eighteen-year-old Youri Felix, who was serving a customer at the Chick-fil-A in the food court of The Mall in Columbia when the shooting started, described the scene there: people running, people scared, then 20 of them crowded into the kitchen area for an hour, until Howard County SWAT officers said they could leave. "You don't expect that kind of thing to happen to you," he said. "Really?" I answered, and that's not something I might have interjected during an interview with a witness to a shooting 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. "Really?
NEWS
January 19, 2002
WILL THE murder last Tuesday night of Tifford Fields shock law enforcement into a renewed response to the plague of shooters on Baltimore streets? Will U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio become a full partner in the effort to prevent wanton, mindless killings? We pray he will not persist in his determination to operate as if the criminal justice system in Maryland, as now constituted, can protect family men like Mr. Fields. The system doesn't work. But so far Mr. DiBiagio withholds important elements of federal enforcement power.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
If there was any doubt about how cowed America is by the gun lobby, it was erased today by Howard Schultz, the president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. After months of controversy over whether patrons should openly be allowed to carry firearms in the company's stores, Mr. Schultz issued an open letter to his fellow Americans announcing that he would not adopt a no-weapons policy but would kindly request that customers keep their guns at home. The letter appeared (among other places)
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Dan Rodricks | January 25, 2014
Eighteen-year-old Youri Felix, who was serving a customer at the Chick-fil-A in the food court of The Mall in Columbia when the shooting started, described the scene there: people running, people scared, then 20 of them crowded into the kitchen area for an hour, until Howard County SWAT officers said they could leave. "You don't expect that kind of thing to happen to you," he said. "Really?" I answered, and that's not something I might have interjected during an interview with a witness to a shooting 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. "Really?
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Sun Staff Writer | March 13, 1994
In the early evening darkness of Jan. 2, 1993, Warren Stuckey walked up behind Larry Erickson, his childhood friend and fellow drug dealer, pulled out a .380-caliber Beretta semiautomatic handgun and shot him in the neck.Stuckey ordered another dealer to drag the dying man from Oakmont Avenue in Northwest Baltimore into an alley. He frisked Erickson, finding in the waistband of his trousers a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Lifting Erickson by the collar, he fired the revolver into the victim's forehead.
NEWS
July 21, 2002
THE GRIEVOUS wounding of 10-year-old Tevin Davis came on an ordinary summer evening along West Fairmount Avenue. Kids rode their bikes. Parents watched from front stoops. Then came the ominous corner confrontation -- and the gunfire. Seconds later, a frantic father, bleeding son in his arms, was racing to a nearby emergency room. "Don't die on me," Tevin's father cried. Here was an ordinary night in Baltimore, a city in the grip of a gun culture. The 18-year-old arrested in Tevin's shooting was known, neighbors said, to have a handgun in his basement.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. opines for 13 paragraphs on the reasons Jews don't vote for Republicans but he barely touches on the reasons for that lack of support ( "The GOP supports Israel more than Dems," Aug. 24) Maybe Jews despise the inherent racism within the party, the Christian Evangelicals who dictate its social policies, the slow and willful erosion of the one-man, one-vote Democratic political philosophy and the GOP's fervent embrace of the gun culture. Despite the fact that Republicans generally support the state of Israel, maybe American Jews looking at today's Republican Party and its leaders are just fearful that what they are seeing there is a return to good old-fashioned fascism.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
If there was any doubt about how cowed America is by the gun lobby, it was erased today by Howard Schultz, the president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. After months of controversy over whether patrons should openly be allowed to carry firearms in the company's stores, Mr. Schultz issued an open letter to his fellow Americans announcing that he would not adopt a no-weapons policy but would kindly request that customers keep their guns at home. The letter appeared (among other places)
NEWS
March 25, 2013
The Sun and others have paid little attention to the importance of firearm size in the context of the current gun control debate. Due to the fact they are easily concealed and portable, handguns are more often accidentally discharged, used to commit suicide and, most importantly, employed by criminals. Rifles, on the other hand, are far less to be involved in such cases. That's why lumping rifle and handgun restrictions together is a mistake. People who purchase firearms less than 30 inches in length should receive the additional scrutiny the state wants, but the tougher scrutiny shouldn't apply to those who buy guns larger than that.
NEWS
December 20, 2012
Where does one start about guns and the love for an outdated Second Amendment that our forefathers if they lived today would never have written? Where does one begin about the armament industry, corporations without conscience for all they are killing in the name of profit? And what happened to the fingerprint activation device they once promised as a gun lock to save the lives of our children? What happened to our TV, theater, the games our children play, and who decided America needed a steady diet of murderous violence?
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Dan Rodricks | July 23, 2012
What happens now - if it hasn't already - is that we adapt to another form of insanity. We add movie theaters to the list of places where random violence might erupt. Some of us look for online tutorials in how to survive a mass shooting at the cinema. Others, taking no chances, get guns and permits to carry them. "No place is safe," I heard a retired Marine say the other day. There are too many guns - almost one for every American by now - and too many people with untreated mental illness.
NEWS
April 21, 2003
NOTICE TO BALTIMORE felons: If you're arrested with a gun, you're likely to be tried in federal court. The conviction rate there is 95 percent. Sentences average over eight years. Visitors will need an airplane ticket. Welcome to Project Exile, a campaign to cure Baltimore's gun-driven epidemic of murders. Exile focuses on felons in possession, hoping to change the gun culture by making it very costly to be caught with a weapon. The city in general and criminals in particular need to hear that Exile has arrived.
NEWS
July 21, 2002
THE GRIEVOUS wounding of 10-year-old Tevin Davis came on an ordinary summer evening along West Fairmount Avenue. Kids rode their bikes. Parents watched from front stoops. Then came the ominous corner confrontation -- and the gunfire. Seconds later, a frantic father, bleeding son in his arms, was racing to a nearby emergency room. "Don't die on me," Tevin's father cried. Here was an ordinary night in Baltimore, a city in the grip of a gun culture. The 18-year-old arrested in Tevin's shooting was known, neighbors said, to have a handgun in his basement.
NEWS
April 21, 2003
NOTICE TO BALTIMORE felons: If you're arrested with a gun, you're likely to be tried in federal court. The conviction rate there is 95 percent. Sentences average over eight years. Visitors will need an airplane ticket. Welcome to Project Exile, a campaign to cure Baltimore's gun-driven epidemic of murders. Exile focuses on felons in possession, hoping to change the gun culture by making it very costly to be caught with a weapon. The city in general and criminals in particular need to hear that Exile has arrived.
NEWS
January 28, 2002
Don't blame the guns for plague of violence on our city's streets In the Jan. 19 Sun there were two anti-gun articles, one about Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's "gun-crime unit" ("New Balto. gun-crime unit to use state, federal funds") and another an editorial, "Gun culture kills a father, city's future." Throughout these articles runs the notion that if the guns are removed, crime will go away. I remember reading in The Sun that Baltimore is the drug capital of the country, and other articles have reported that more than 80 percent of crime in Baltimore is drug-related.
NEWS
January 28, 2002
Don't blame the guns for plague of violence on our city's streets In the Jan. 19 Sun there were two anti-gun articles, one about Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's "gun-crime unit" ("New Balto. gun-crime unit to use state, federal funds") and another an editorial, "Gun culture kills a father, city's future." Throughout these articles runs the notion that if the guns are removed, crime will go away. I remember reading in The Sun that Baltimore is the drug capital of the country, and other articles have reported that more than 80 percent of crime in Baltimore is drug-related.
NEWS
January 19, 2002
WILL THE murder last Tuesday night of Tifford Fields shock law enforcement into a renewed response to the plague of shooters on Baltimore streets? Will U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio become a full partner in the effort to prevent wanton, mindless killings? We pray he will not persist in his determination to operate as if the criminal justice system in Maryland, as now constituted, can protect family men like Mr. Fields. The system doesn't work. But so far Mr. DiBiagio withholds important elements of federal enforcement power.
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