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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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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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NEWS
August 14, 2014
Thank you to Raymond Daniel Burke for his article about the tragic shooting of McKenzie Elliott, a 3 year old in the way of a stray bullet ( "Apathetic no more," Aug. 5). Until and unless we have public servants with a backbone to the gun lobby, nothing will change and there will be another tragic death very soon. The so-called smart gun was even rejected by gun lobby. If anything there are more guns everywhere, and the trend is to continue. Perhaps we will have to amend the Constitution in order to really get a handle on gun violence.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
Thank you to Raymond Daniel Burke for his article about the tragic shooting of McKenzie Elliott, a 3 year old in the way of a stray bullet ( "Apathetic no more," Aug. 5). Until and unless we have public servants with a backbone to the gun lobby, nothing will change and there will be another tragic death very soon. The so-called smart gun was even rejected by gun lobby. If anything there are more guns everywhere, and the trend is to continue. Perhaps we will have to amend the Constitution in order to really get a handle on gun violence.
FEATURES
By Elise T. Chisolm | November 2, 1993
I attended night courses back in the '70s with a very pretty young woman -- tall, blond and well-dressed. She wore designer clothes to her executive job.But in her designer pocket book she carried a small designer pistol -- a pearl-handled gun.And she had designed a gun-carrying rationale.She was a single mother who lived in a high-crime neighborhood. One day when the family was gone, they were robbed of most of her jewelry, antiques and appliances. Since then she had always carried a gun and what jewelry she had left in her purse.
NEWS
By Jesse L. Jackson Sr | May 14, 2000
WHEN MOTHERS speak, wise men and women listen. Today, Mother's Day, hundreds of thousands of mothers -- across lines of race, religion and region -- will join the Million Mom March for sensible gun control. Their message, like the wisdom mothers have dispensed for generations, is plain and powerful: guns are killing too many in this country. The time for excuses, delay, or inaction is over. We need to take steps now to get guns off the streets and out of the hands of people who should not have them.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | April 23, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Only hours after the latest schoolhouse massacre in Colorado, President Clinton, the man in search of a legacy to lift his scandal-scarred presidency, went on television to let the American people see him feel their pain.Haltingly, about the best he had to offer by way of addressing the tragedy was to say Americans have to reach out and tell their children "to express their anger with words and not actions."He declined to say much more then because, he said in the somber tones he always emits on such occasions, he did not want to intrude on the grief of the victimized families.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | May 24, 1992
When I was in the fourth grade, I was playing at a friend's house when he took his sister's shotgun out of a closet, put it up against my head and pulled the trigger.To my relief (and to the inestimable good fortune of you, my readers) the shotgun simply made a loud clicking noise.Why do 10-year-olds do such dumb things? Because they're 10-year-olds.My friend was not a particularly violent kid. In fact, he was a pretty nice guy. And he told me his sister always kept the gun unloaded.Not all kids, however, are as lucky as I was.On April 8, 1991, a 10-year-old girl from Severna Park was shot and critically injured by her 11-year-old playmate who had found a handgun on a basement shelf.
NEWS
By John B. O'Donnell and John B. O'Donnell,Washington Bureau | October 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association endorsed Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett's Democratic opponent last year. Since then, the conservative freshman Republican from Western Maryland has been working hard to make sure that doesn't happen again.He took the latest step yesterday, staging a news conference outside a House committee room to complain that he had been denied permission to testify against gun-control legislation at a hearing about to take place inside the room.Mr. Bartlett has introduced two pieces of legislation that he says are designed to protect the constitutional rights of gun owners.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2002
A national gun control group began airing an advertisement on two Washington radio stations yesterday criticizing Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for his record on handguns. The ad -- scheduled to run eight times between yesterday and Tuesday -- is the first on radio or television in Maryland's 2002 gubernatorial campaign. The congressman from Baltimore County is the leading Republican candidate for governor. "We targeted Ehrlich first because we have concerns about his record," said Amy Stilwell, a spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
NEWS
By Mark Newgent | January 27, 2014
Vinny DeMarco, a progressive lobbyist for sin taxes and gun control issued this disingenuous and misleading statement on the tragic shooting at the Mall in Columbia this past weekend.  Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence joins all Marylanders and Americans in holding in our prayers the victims of yesterday's shootings at the Columbia Mall. We also commend the Howard County police and other first responders for the great and heroic work they did yesterday to save lives. Based on what we know, this tragedy could have been much worse.
NEWS
January 13, 2014
It's unfortunate that hundreds of guns purchased in the weeks before Maryland's stricter firearms regulations went into effect last year ended up in the hands of people who should never have been allowed to own them. Most of the weapons have since been recovered, but one was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, and others were purchased by people with criminal records, a history of mental illness or other disqualifying factors. Yet the fault for those failures doesn't lie with the law or with state police efforts to complete thousands of background checks on gun license applicants in a timely fashion.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
While I agree with parts of Jeffrey Ian Ross' recent commentary on gun violence, I do not agree with his conclusions about how to address it and live with it ("Ending mass shootings: It's not just about more or better laws," Sept. 22). I agree that enacting gun laws can curb the number of guns out there and the amount of gun violence. I also appreciate the poke he takes at the logic and culture of violence in America - that maybe we accept violence as "American" and part of our "freedom.
NEWS
September 25, 2013
When President Obama addressed the families and colleagues of victims of the mass shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington last week, he lamented what he called a sense of "creeping resignation" among Americans toward the epidemic gun violence that has taken so many innocent lives in recent years. "Our hearts are broken again," he said, yet we seem unwilling to do what is necessary to prevent a recurrence of these shocking tragedies — and so, inevitably, they will happen again.
NEWS
September 24, 2013
I agree with Professor Jeffrey Ian Ross that new laws against guns are not enough to end the mass shootings ("Ending mass shootings: It's not just about more or better laws," Sept. 22). We do have to figure out what actions, values and moral standings are supporting our culture of violence and the belief that a person has the "right" to solve his problems by taking the life of another. We need to have a real, deep and truthful dialogue in our country about the violence within it, all the violence.
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
January 13, 2014
It's unfortunate that hundreds of guns purchased in the weeks before Maryland's stricter firearms regulations went into effect last year ended up in the hands of people who should never have been allowed to own them. Most of the weapons have since been recovered, but one was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, and others were purchased by people with criminal records, a history of mental illness or other disqualifying factors. Yet the fault for those failures doesn't lie with the law or with state police efforts to complete thousands of background checks on gun license applicants in a timely fashion.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
Commentator Peter Morici says it is impossible to prevent further gun atrocities through laws limiting firearms ("The false security of gun control measures," April 16). But I suspect he is hiding his real agenda. Mr. Morici is a conservative eager to defeat gun control laws that, he fears, might reduce their availability. That's proof in itself that laws banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and those requiring universal background checks will have exactly the effect intended: They will make it harder for people to obtain such weapons in order to wreak havoc on society.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Gun-rights advocates unveiled Tuesday a 225-page report paid for by the National Rifle Association that lays out a vision for arming teachers to prevent the kind of mass shootings that claimed 27 lives at a Connecticut elementary school last year. Drafted in response to the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the report calls for the creation of a 40- to 60-hour weapons training course that would prepare teachers or administrators to carry guns and confront possible shooters — ideas that drew a mixed response from Maryland officials.
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