February 28, 1994
This General Assembly session's first showdown on handgun-control begins tomorrow in a House committee, which is hearing arguments on a slew of gun bills even as advocacy groups and the governor's office continue negotiations on finding common ground.Handgun-control organizations believe that two Democratic delegates hold the key in the House Judiciary Committee -- Del. Mary Louise Preis of Harford County and Del. Gerry Brewster of Baltimore County. In both cases, the delegates come from districts that strongly endorsed handgun control in the 1988 referendum.
January 27, 1994
It is no secret in Annapolis that the biggest impediments to handgun control are Cecil County Sen. Walter Baker and his Judicial Proceedings Committee. Already this session, Mr. Baker has sworn to kill any and all handgun legislation that comes before his committee. "Banning guns has nothing to do with crime," he said. Mr. Baker's Senate colleagues, though, have other ideas.Their concern is that opposing handgun controls in an election year could be political dynamite, especially for incumbents running in urban or close-in suburban communities where crime is a dominant campaign issue.
December 5, 1991
A tough handgun control law passed in Washington, D.C., in 1976 "substantially and abruptly" reduced both homicides and suicides, a new University of Maryland study shows, providing further compelling evidence that gun control saves lives.After Washington adopted the law -- which banned the purchase, sale, transfer or possession of handguns by civilians -- the homicide-by-firearm rate fell 25 percent and the suicide-by-firearm rate by 23 percent. The study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine compared homicides and suicides committed from 1968 to 1976 with those from 1976 through 1987, the last year for which statistics were available.
January 29, 1993
* Pete Manchikes,Pete Manchikes, host during the 1950s and '60s of the national radio program "Music 'til Dawn," died Tuesday at age 70 in Erlanger, Ky. He was one of several hosts for the all-night music show sponsored by American Airlines and broadcast by WLW in Cincinnati.* Lucia M. Cormier,Lucia M. Cormier, 83, a former Maine state legislator who in 1960 lost to Sen. Margaret Chase Smith in the nation's first U.S. Senate race between two women, died Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. As the first woman to be a floor leader in the Maine House of Representatives, she played a key role in the Democratic Party's resurgence in Maine in the 1950s.
January 11, 1994
Politicians who vote against gun control this election year face more chance for political retaliation than those who support it, reversing long-held convention, the leader of Maryland's gun-control forces declared yesterday.Carrying the campaign for supporting handgun control to Baltimore County, Vincent DeMarco, director of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse (MAHA), said a majority of the public and "very close to a majority" in the state Senate and House of Delegates favor measures to stem the proliferation of handguns and their concomitant violence.
December 1, 1993
Jim and Sarah Brady and their colleagues at Handgun Control Inc. held a celebratory post-signing party after President Clinton put his signature on what is now the "Brady Law." Some critics say it doesn't go far enough and won't do much good. Its supporters admit it is a very modest effort. Even Sarah Brady says more far-reaching gun control laws are needed to prevent violence. But two thoughts needed to be added to that:(1) A nationwide Brady Law requiring a waiting period and police background check before buying a handgun will reduce violence.