July 30, 2012
Here's an assumption any post-9/11American might make: Someone in a dark room full of computers and video monitors deep inside one of our snoopy federal law enforcement agencies is tracking the purchases of large caches of weapons and ammunition by anyone at any time anywhere in the country, including Anne Arundel County. Isn't that the sort of thing we've been paying for with our federal taxes over the last decade? People who buy explosives for bombs or enough weapons to outfit a small army - they're monitored by someone deep inside the Department of Homeland Security and our vast array of federal agencies, right?
February 1, 2004
THE BBC ended up as a useful foil for British Prime Minister Tony Blair. A highly charged investigation into the suicide of David Kelly, a government arms expert, came down hard on the broadcaster. It determined that a reporter, Andrew Gilligan, had been out of bounds when he inaccurately quoted Mr. Kelly - though not by name - as saying the prime minister's office had "sexed up" a report on Iraq's weapons. Mr. Blair last week declared himself exonerated, and heads rolled at the BBC. Attention was diverted from one very salient fact: that the government report, which claimed Iraq could mobilize chemical arms within 45 minutes, was dead wrong, no matter what Mr. Kelly may have said.
May 7, 2013
Does it occur to anyone in the left-wing Obama administration that arming Syrian rebels with modern weapons will result in arming a group of fighters who live just across the border from Israel ("The best bad option," May 2)? Does it dawn on anyone on the left who supports this president and this leftist administration what the future impact of high-grade weaponry will be on the Jewish state once the Syrian problems are settled and all these Israeli-hating Syrian terrorists and rebels have U.S. arms?
July 14, 2011
A Baltimore man of Egyptian origin was being held Thursday at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after having been arrested at BWI Marshall Airport last week, when police said they stopped a man with 13 knives in his possession, authorities said. Amr Gamal Shedid, 24, of the 3200 block of N. Charles St., was in custody on $10,000 bail after Transportation Security Administration agents said they detected 13 knives in a passenger's carry-on luggage at the Pier D checkpoint on July 7, authorities said.
February 21, 1991
The Judiciary Committee of the House of Delegates will soon vote on two much needed bills aimed at protecting people from firearms. Neither bill will unduly burden responsible citizens who want firearms for protection, hunting or target shooting. We urge the committee to approve the bills and send them to the full house.The first bill would ban sale or other transfer of specified assault type-weapons in Maryland beginning this year and limit possession of such weapons to adults with permits beginning next year.
March 27, 1991
Just two weeks ago the legislative attempt to place reasonable new legal controls on assault weapons was thought to be as dead as the most recent victim of one of those alleged "sporting" weapons.But maybe not.Though the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee killed one version of the bill, the House of Delegates was passing its own version, by a decisive 80-55 vote. That House bill can now be taken up by the Senate -- if, that is, it can get out of committee.Both the House and Senate bills called for a ban on future sale of these terror weapons and for a limit on magazine size, no more than 20 bullets to a clip.