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January 11, 2013
Whether it's the indelible horror of the massacre at Newtown, Conn., or the tone-deaf response of the National Rifle Association and its allies who have shown themselves so hysterical and paranoid on the subject of gun rights, the public's hunger for action on gun violence shows little sign of weakening. Exactly what the task force led by Vice President Joe Biden will recommend shortly in terms of policy and legislation remains to be seen. But Mr. Biden did tip his hand Thursday about one idea whose time has come - universal background checks for gun purchases.
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NEWS
April 11, 2013
The National Rifle Association's push to arm school teachers and its suggestion that 40 to 60 hours of weapons training will enable them to handle a confrontation with a shooter in their classroom is short-sighted and unrealistic ("Gun advocates detail plan to arm teachers," April 3). I know from my own experience that amount of training is wholly inadequate. After seven weeks of intense weapons instruction in Army basic training, where we basically lived and slept with our weapons, we went on a night-time exercise meant to simulate battle conditions.
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NEWS
October 5, 2010
Getting illegal guns off the streets has been a priority for Baltimore City police in recent years, and the success of that effort is reflected in significantly lower homicide rates. But despite Maryland's enforcement of tough gun control laws, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals is an uphill battle so long as neighboring states allow virtually anyone who has the money to buy a gun, with no questions asked. As The Sun's Justin Fenton reported this week, a recent review of federal crime data by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of 600 mayors from around the country, found that nearly half the guns used at crime scenes came from just 10 states.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Monday in his second inaugural address, he will have an opportunity to lay out a broad and ambitious agenda for his next four years in office. But how much of it he will actually be able to accomplish may depend on whether the continuing fight over taxes, deficits and the budget in a fractious Congress doesn't end up crowding out every other issue. The president and Congress face an immediate set of confrontations, including the need to raise the federal debt ceiling -- Republicans' promise for a short-term extension notwithstanding -- the deadline to address budget cuts put off as part of the fiscal cliff deal, and the expiration of current budget agreements in March.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
The National Rifle Association's push to arm school teachers and its suggestion that 40 to 60 hours of weapons training will enable them to handle a confrontation with a shooter in their classroom is short-sighted and unrealistic ("Gun advocates detail plan to arm teachers," April 3). I know from my own experience that amount of training is wholly inadequate. After seven weeks of intense weapons instruction in Army basic training, where we basically lived and slept with our weapons, we went on a night-time exercise meant to simulate battle conditions.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
Your editorial about Maryland's concealed carry gun law supports the state's policy of requiring "good and substantial reason" for issuing a permit ("Guns and safety," Aug. 5). While I agree that our civil rights may not be absolute (e.g. yelling "fire" in a crowded theater), no one should have to have a "good and substantial reason" for exercising them. I suspect that even your editorialist would object to needing a "good and substantial reason" in order to exercise his right to express an opinion.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., once again highlights the need for such sensible gun control measures as restoring the ban on assault rifles and eliminating the gun show loophole for background checks ("What must be done," Dec. 26). The key factor that distinguishes the U.S. from other countries that have far lower murder rates is not mental health or video games but the availability of guns. Beyond those steps, however, it's time to repeal the Second Amendment. The amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
NEWS
January 10, 2008
What a tragedy that it required the deaths of 32 people in Blacksburg, Va., to persuade the National Rifle Association and others of a similar mindset to endorse some reasonable restrictions on firearms ownership. But that's essentially what happened, and the results speak for themselves. The bill signed this week by President Bush is most notable simply for being a broadly supported form of gun control, a topic that's been left off the nation's agenda for nearly a decade. The new law will strengthen the 10-year-old background check system so that states are more likely to have the necessary information to keep dangerously mentally ill people from buying a gun. It's a modest step, to be sure, but the bill had been languishing in Congress since 2002.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Monday in his second inaugural address, he will have an opportunity to lay out a broad and ambitious agenda for his next four years in office. But how much of it he will actually be able to accomplish may depend on whether the continuing fight over taxes, deficits and the budget in a fractious Congress doesn't end up crowding out every other issue. The president and Congress face an immediate set of confrontations, including the need to raise the federal debt ceiling -- Republicans' promise for a short-term extension notwithstanding -- the deadline to address budget cuts put off as part of the fiscal cliff deal, and the expiration of current budget agreements in March.
NEWS
April 23, 2009
Roughly 10 years after Columbine and two years after the Virginia Tech massacre, the families of shooting victims were back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday pleading for Congress to close the gun show loophole. All they seek is for all gun purchasers to be required to pass background checks that help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the mentally ill. Is that really so much to ask? Too many states continue to allow individuals without a dealer's license to sell firearms at gun shows and thereby skirt the 16-year-old federal background check requirement.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
Whether it's the indelible horror of the massacre at Newtown, Conn., or the tone-deaf response of the National Rifle Association and its allies who have shown themselves so hysterical and paranoid on the subject of gun rights, the public's hunger for action on gun violence shows little sign of weakening. Exactly what the task force led by Vice President Joe Biden will recommend shortly in terms of policy and legislation remains to be seen. But Mr. Biden did tip his hand Thursday about one idea whose time has come - universal background checks for gun purchases.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., once again highlights the need for such sensible gun control measures as restoring the ban on assault rifles and eliminating the gun show loophole for background checks ("What must be done," Dec. 26). The key factor that distinguishes the U.S. from other countries that have far lower murder rates is not mental health or video games but the availability of guns. Beyond those steps, however, it's time to repeal the Second Amendment. The amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
Your editorial about Maryland's concealed carry gun law supports the state's policy of requiring "good and substantial reason" for issuing a permit ("Guns and safety," Aug. 5). While I agree that our civil rights may not be absolute (e.g. yelling "fire" in a crowded theater), no one should have to have a "good and substantial reason" for exercising them. I suspect that even your editorialist would object to needing a "good and substantial reason" in order to exercise his right to express an opinion.
NEWS
October 5, 2010
Getting illegal guns off the streets has been a priority for Baltimore City police in recent years, and the success of that effort is reflected in significantly lower homicide rates. But despite Maryland's enforcement of tough gun control laws, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals is an uphill battle so long as neighboring states allow virtually anyone who has the money to buy a gun, with no questions asked. As The Sun's Justin Fenton reported this week, a recent review of federal crime data by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of 600 mayors from around the country, found that nearly half the guns used at crime scenes came from just 10 states.
NEWS
April 23, 2009
Roughly 10 years after Columbine and two years after the Virginia Tech massacre, the families of shooting victims were back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday pleading for Congress to close the gun show loophole. All they seek is for all gun purchasers to be required to pass background checks that help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the mentally ill. Is that really so much to ask? Too many states continue to allow individuals without a dealer's license to sell firearms at gun shows and thereby skirt the 16-year-old federal background check requirement.
NEWS
January 10, 2008
What a tragedy that it required the deaths of 32 people in Blacksburg, Va., to persuade the National Rifle Association and others of a similar mindset to endorse some reasonable restrictions on firearms ownership. But that's essentially what happened, and the results speak for themselves. The bill signed this week by President Bush is most notable simply for being a broadly supported form of gun control, a topic that's been left off the nation's agenda for nearly a decade. The new law will strengthen the 10-year-old background check system so that states are more likely to have the necessary information to keep dangerously mentally ill people from buying a gun. It's a modest step, to be sure, but the bill had been languishing in Congress since 2002.
NEWS
March 4, 2004
SOMEWHERE Ali Boumelhem must be smiling. He's the terrorist and Hezbollah member who was observed buying a gun at a Michigan gun show and was later arrested for smuggling. The U.S. Senate has killed legislation that would have closed the so-called gun show loophole, preserving the right of evil-doers such as Mr. Boumelhem to obtain weapons without those inconvenient background checks. This is the state of gun policy in the United States today - too many politicians are unwilling to support sensible limits on the sale of guns.
NEWS
September 2, 2001
Defense of studies of lead overlooks researchers' mistakes Don Ryan's defense of the Johns Hopkins researchers who studied lead paint abatement methods with human subjects is misleading ("Research on lead hazards is solution, not problem," Opinion*Commentary, Aug. 28). Mr. Ryan argues that the abatement measures implemented by the researchers made the housing safer for the children. He neglects to mention the following facts, all noted in the Maryland Court of Appeals' decision in the case: The researchers helped landlords to recruit families with young children to live in the homes.
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