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.
February 11, 1992
Four pieces of progressive legislation in Annapolis are in grave jeopardy because of the intransigent attitude of one state senator, Walter Baker of Cecil County. Bills on helmets for motorcyclists, firearms safety, assault weapons and domestic violence all are threatened by Mr. Baker's misguided conservatism, which is sadly out of touch with the 1990s.These are sensible bills designed to ensure the safety of Marylanders. They are the kinds of measures a smart-thinking conservative could support.