July 25, 2012
There he goes again. The foolishness periodically advanced by Dan Rodricks that more stringent gun laws will somehow cause a reduction in gun crimes ("Adapting to the newest form of gun insanity," July 24) is belied by history, common sense and the real world. Even Draconian gun control regimens imposed by governments of all kinds since the invention of gunpowder have failed to make a dent in the acquisition of arms by those intent on criminality, be they drug traffickers in Mexico or East Baltimore, madmen in Norway or Colorado, terrorists in almost every country in the world, insurgents, justified or not, of all kinds, and those motivated by more mundane factors - lust, greed, envy, revenge, etc. Very few of the huge number of public shootings in Baltimore each year are committed by those who acquired their weapons legally.
February 19, 2013
Sensible gun legislation is no threat to Second Amendment rights. Although there is no one solution to violence by the use of a gun, the death of many people could be avoided by outlawing assault weapons and high capacity gun clips, as well as requiring background checks on everyone purchasing a gun. Polls show that a large majority of responsible gun owners support such legislation. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that victims of gun violence and their families deserve a vote ("We deserve a vote," Feb. 17)
January 28, 2011
Just weeks after the Tucson shootings, Maryland delegates began hearings on HB09, "Regulated Firearms – License Issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Virginia – Reciprocity. " It mandates reciprocal recognition of concealed weapons permits. But there's a bigger game afoot. Virginia offers non-resident permits. Maryland residents unable to obtain a permit here might obtain one under Virginia's lower standards and be empowered to carry weapons here. And that's the real goal.
January 19, 2013
I'd like to propose a hypothetical situation that too few people seem to be imagining themselves in these past few weeks. Please, consider this story: Through some paranormal revelation, you know that you will be mugged tomorrow at gunpoint. You don't know when exactly. You don't know what your assailant will look like. You only know that your attacker will be armed. As a law-abiding citizen of the great state of Maryland, you cannot go out and purchase a defensive weapon from a licensed dealer.
February 3, 2010
Baltimore's incoming mayor, Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, pressed Annapolis lawmakers to toughen state gun laws at a packed hearing Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, saying "we have to do more" to build on successes in reducing crime. Rawlings-Blake, who will take the city's helm Thursday when Mayor Sheila Dixon steps down, spoke briefly to the committee. The delegates welcomed her warmly, at times calling her "mayor-elect" and "mayor." The legislation she supports would broaden an offense known as "use of a handgun in commission of a crime."
January 18, 2013
Like many of Gov. Martin O'Malley's constituents, I strongly urge him to withdraw any legislation to ban so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines. He should stop any legislation that creates gun-free zones and not make laws that hurt law-abiding citizens and hinder commerce in this state. Paradoxically, gun control clears a path for violence and makes aggression more likely. Creating gun-free zones doesn't make a difference to a criminal who intends to do harm. If gun-free zones made a difference, why would the worst shootings consistently happen in gun-free zones such as schools, malls and theaters?