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March 13, 2013
As Christians concerned about the level of gun violence in our city, we can no longer sit in silence. Our community grieves the deaths of new victims of gun violence every week. It is time to act. We urge our neighbors to speak out loud and clear in support of Maryland House Bill 294, the Firearm Safety Act. This bill must continue to include the fingerprinting and licensing of handgun purchasers in order to reduce "straw purchases" of guns in our state. Now is the time to call your Maryland delegates.
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By Justin Fenton and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
For every gunshot report taken by Baltimore police, there could be four more they haven't heard about, according to the company behind a high-tech system that city officials hope will help curb the illegal use of firearms. ShotSpotter, which recognizes the sound of gunfire and alerts police, analyzed its data from 48 cities, covering 165 square miles, and found people called 911 to report shots fired in fewer than 1 in 5 events where the system confirmed the discharging of a gun. "We're showing the real inconvenient truth of gun violence, in that it happens more frequently than people are aware," said Ralph Clark, the CEO of SST Inc., which manufactures ShotSpotter.
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NEWS
October 1, 2013
During the past two years our nation has witnessed horrible gun violence by people with mental illnesses. These shootings have forever linked mental illness and violence in the minds of many Americans. Yet most mentally ill people who are arrested are arrested for misdemeanors, and many police officers will take a mentally ill misdemeanant to a diversion program if one is available. Thus, when you focus on the few cases where mentally ill people have been violent, you should also examine the tens of thousands of arrests each year that occur because there is not adequate psychiatric treatment for large numbers of mentally ill people, many of whom want to access the system.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
This week, Michael R. Bloomberg announced he would be writing a check to support a grass-roots get-out-the-vote effort to counteract the National Rifle Association. This is hardly a shock as Mr. Bloomberg has supported the fight against gun violence before, but the amount involved was eye-opening — $50 million. This invites two initial realizations. First, that one of the nation's richest men can casually write a check the size of a lotto jackpot as others might pluck a few cans for the neighborhood food drive, and second, that we live in an age of dueling oligarchs (take that, Koch brothers)
NEWS
February 19, 2013
I would like to ask our lawmakers to have courage when it comes to the gun debate. Courage is a difficult thing at times, especially in times of heated emotional debate. I hope that our legislators will have courage to reject both the NRA's call to do nothing and Gov. Martin O'Malley's call to infringe on law abiding gun owners' rights. I hope that they will have the courage to look at the all of the data and make a decision based on that. It takes courage to look at data that might prove your ideas wrong, and it takes a lot of courage to admit you were wrong.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
I read with great interest Samuel Totten's commentary on Congress and the National rifle Association ( "Congress capitulates to the NRA," Jan. 28). While I agree with everything he wrote I still don't understand why our elected officials have to experience a tragedy first-and in order to have some empathy and do something to stem the flow of gun violence. Fortunately neither I nor anyone in my family has witnessed or been involved in a senseless act of gun violence. But that doesn't mean I can't relate to these horrific events.
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
February 12, 2013
People across the political spectrum acknowledge that no one knows exactly what policies or programs would substantially reduce individual gun deaths and mass killings. Without well-conducted research, we will never find out. As a physician, I applaud President Barack Obama for his executive action restoring permission for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on ways to reduce gun violence. This action removes legal barriers to systematic studies of the multiple contributors to gun-related deaths and injuries and the effects of violence in media including video games.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
Gun control will not work. When one matches FBI crime statistics with the states that have the most restrictive gun laws, one finds that nearly all the most restrictive states have the highest number of murders by firearms. This proves beyond doubt that gun control legislation increases the number of murders by firearms. Barry Rohder, Germantown Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
NEWS
August 25, 2013
The killing of Australian college student Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla. is just one more tragedy that demonstrates the need for gun control ("Suspect's sister: 'He wouldn't listen,' Aug. 22). In your article, Daniel Ford is quoted as saying, "These punks are going to take our freedom away? Give me a break. " I am sorry but the right to live trumps the right to own a gun. This country could learn something from Australia. In 1996, Australia put several laws into effect under their National Firearm Agreement.
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By David Horsey | April 15, 2014
In response to this month's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Speaker of the House John Boehner said mentally disturbed people should not be allowed to get their hands on firearms. But don't hold your breath waiting for legislation to emerge from Congress to keep that from happening. "There's no question that those with mental health issues should be prevented from owning weapons or being able to purchase weapons. " That is what Boehner said. Yet, last year, when a bipartisan bill to set up a system of background checks for gun purchases was put forward, Mr. Boehner showed no enthusiasm for bringing it up for a vote in the House.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson will be honored at the White House on Thursday along with eight other local leaders who have taken steps to reduce gun violence, the Obama administration said Monday. Johnson testified at an emotional Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on federal gun control proposals early last year, just weeks after the shooting massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school. The Democratic-controlled Senate ultimately failed to pass any legislation on the issue.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
In the late 1990s, David M. Kennedy came to Baltimore riding high in criminology circles, eager to prove his unorthodox approach - which had reduced gun violence in Boston and Minneapolis - could work in one of America's most dangerous cities. It was, by most measurements, a disaster and an experience that pushed him to the brink. Fifteen years later, Kennedy is ready to try again, buoyed by successes in more than 60 other cities and widespread embrace of a philosophy once questioned as a gimmick.
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By Justin George and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Baltimore police will soon install a gunshot detection system in east and west Baltimore, under a $305,000 state grant that won city approval Wednesday. The ShotSpotter system will use receivers posted in neighborhoods to detect the sound of gunfire. Police will use the readings to track and respond to potential shootings. Similar systems are used throughout the United States, including in cities such as Oakland, Calif., and Washington. "These efforts will enable law enforcement to better locate gun offenders and pinpoint locations of the related activity," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
I read with interest recent articles about gun violence ( "After the gunfire, shoppers and workers confront emotional toll," Feb. 1). As our service men and woman return from war, we have documented psychological trauma-related injuries, specifically post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, mood swings, aggressive behaviors, rages and suicides. Children and families living day in and day out in communities with high crime rates are witnessing or being victimized by the physical and psychological traumas of their neighborhoods, which include gunshot injuries, death, bullying, assaults, threats, rape, robberies armed and non-armed, and forced membership in gangs.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
I read with great interest Samuel Totten's commentary on Congress and the National rifle Association ( "Congress capitulates to the NRA," Jan. 28). While I agree with everything he wrote I still don't understand why our elected officials have to experience a tragedy first-and in order to have some empathy and do something to stem the flow of gun violence. Fortunately neither I nor anyone in my family has witnessed or been involved in a senseless act of gun violence. But that doesn't mean I can't relate to these horrific events.
NEWS
December 27, 2012
To those opposed to tougher Maryland gun laws, I can only say that we have to start somewhere ("Battle lines form in gun debate," Dec. 19). The answer cannot be that criminals will get guns anyway so law-abiding people must have them as well to protect themselves. We are living in a society where the character and moral differences between the good guys and the bad guys are blurring. The country is awash in paranoia and fear. The reasons for the good guys to be armed may be purer and nobler than the reasons for the bad guys.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
I cringe every time the local news comes on because the first 10 minutes or so typically reports how many people have been shot, stabbed, raped or beaten. If it bleeds, it leads ( "Three die in Columbia mall shooting," Jan. 27). When multiple shootings happen in Baltimore City, the mayor and police chief give lip service for the 15-second sound bite, and we never hear about those victims again. But let some kid open fire at a mall, college or school, and it's wall-to-wall coverage with special live teams in the field, dramatic music and calls for stricter gun control.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
I went to The Mall in Columbia Monday. Normally, that would not be news, but going to the mall the first day it opened after the shooting on Saturday was important to me. It was important because I choose to not be afraid ("Howard leaders respond to mall shooting," Jan. 28). I choose to support my community. I choose to remember Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson, who were so brutally and needlessly murdered there on Saturday. I choose to support the mostly hourly workers who not only lost wages because of the shooting but most likely saved lives.
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