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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 Anthony G. Brown | October 2, 2014
Editor's note: The Sun also plans to run an op-ed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in the coming weeks.  This week, we marked the one-year anniversary of a lifesaving law taking effect, the Firearm Safety Act. But, Marylanders still stand at a crossroads between two very different futures for our state. In 2013, in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting and the all too common acts of gun violence on our own streets, we took real action to protect our communities by passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
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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.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Baltimore Wednesday night to announce $63 million in federal grants awarded to study school safety to reduce gun violence across the nation. Baltimore County Public Schools and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will receive nearly $2 million of that money to focus research on students with emotional and behavioral health issues, according to the National Institute of Justice. Holder will also announce the expansion of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to Baltimore; Long Beach, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; and Seattle.
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
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 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
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 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.
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.
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By Dwaine Rieves | August 8, 2014
He stood, dropped his pants and as one pocket crumpled, the other didn't. There it was: the creased outline of what appeared to be a pistol in the right hip pocket. I steeled and turned my attention to the specimen collection kit on the work shelf before me. The door was closed. We were alone in the exam room. This would be just fine, I told myself. To which another part of my brain responded - well, if it isn't, are you prepared? Ask me about my fears back when I first started volunteering to do sexually transmitted disease testing in a downtown Washington D.C. clinic for gay men, and my answer would involve an embarrassing lesson taught by a young patient in pumps and a halter top. Back then, not really knowing my patients - their backgrounds, social situations, lingo and interaction style - was pretty much my only fear.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
They came with .22-caliber rifles wrapped in trash bags, Saturday night special handguns, rusted shotguns handed down from grandparents. A crowd of dozens lined up by 10 a.m. Saturday at a Northwest Baltimore church parking lot, most with gray hair and some leaning on canes or using hearing aides. They left with one $100 ShopRite Supermarket gift card per gun turned in. Many were skeptical that the gun buyback event would achieve organizers' goal of reducing city crime, though they were pleased to get something of value for guns that in many cases hadn't been fired in years or decades.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
In disputing Vincent DeMarco's letter ( "Tougher gun laws are helping reduce homicides in Baltimore," July 5) about the positive impact of Maryland's Firearms Safety Act of 2013 in reducing gun violence, Michael Peterson ( "Gun control isn't the reason for declining Baltimore homicides," July 11) ignores the data Mr. DeMarco included in his letter from Professor Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Center For Gun Policy and Research showing that other states that have enacted fingerprint licensing of handgun purchasers tend to have lower gun death rates than similar states.
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Susan Reimer | July 16, 2014
Riverdale High's red-headed heart throb, Archie Andrews, died this week. He took a bullet for his gay best friend, who was speaking out against gun violence. Betty and Veronica were there in the last frames of the comic book to cradle him in death. No bobby socks and soda shops in this issue, that's for sure. The teens we all wanted to be before we were old enough to be teens are dealing with grown-up issues and the tragedy of death. Ugh. It's enough to make you wish you were 10 again, reading a brand-new edition of your favorite comic book and sipping a Coke out of a bottle on a hot summer afternoon.
NEWS
July 5, 2014
The Sun's recent front-page story about the substantial drop in gun homicides in Baltimore over the past few months is good news for all of us ( "After an uptick, Baltimore homicides return to trend of decline ," July 1). In fact, statewide in Maryland, gun deaths have gone down 24 percent between in the first five months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. We at Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence commend the Baltimore City Police Department for the effective new policing policies described in the article, which surely contributed to this decline in gun deaths.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
Kudos to Dan Rodricks and The Sun for your coverage of last month's tragedy involving innocent victims of the proliferation of guns in the U.S. You stepped forward with not only the horrific facts of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings but were unrelenting in your attack on the National Rifle Association and legislators who are determined to keep weapons in the hands every criminally insane young man bent on wreaking havoc in our communities....
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Dan Rodricks | July 3, 2014
We are coming up on the first anniversary of Baltimore's 300 Men March, when far more than that number of men - perhaps double that number - walked the length of North Avenue and back on a Friday night to protest last summer's spike in killings. It was a quickly organized event in response to a particularly sickening period in the life of the city. More than 40 people had been shot in the first couple of weeks of summer, 20 of them in a single weekend. Even with all that - lots of blood on the streets, and lots of urgency in response to it - organizers were surprised by the size of the march.
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By David Horsey | June 17, 2014
Given that some sort of horrific, headline-grabbing school shooting now occurs in the United States at a rate of once a week, it's hard to argue against the idea that gun violence is as much a national pastime as baseball. Unlike baseball, however, the season never ends. In just the last couple of weeks, troubled loners brought guns and death to a college campus in Seattle and a high school near Portland, and a couple of anti-government misfits went on a deadly rampage in Las Vegas.
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