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Leaders Call for Increased Gun Control

Lawmakers from Baltimore City and Montgomery County call for stricter gun laws.

In the aftermath of the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut last week, leaders from Baltimore City and Montgomery County are calling for stricter gun laws in the state of Maryland.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Sen. Brian Frosh and Sen. Jamie Raskin were among those who attended a press conference at the Episcopal Ecumenical Council Center in Baltimore on Wednesday to announce support for legislation aimed at curbing access to firearms.

"[This] legislation is intended to address the epidemic of gun violence that has swept the country. The mass killings that we’ve experienced in theaters, in places of worship and most recently and most horribly in an elementary school," Frosh said. "We have a public health crisis that stems from the use of these guns—illegal guns, guns that are acquired legally—the failure to address these issues would be a failure of leadership."  

The legislators are seeking support for a series of bills, most of which have been submitted before, that would do everything from increasing scrutiny of residents seeking a permit allowing them to carry a concealed weapon, to legally limiting the number of rounds that could be held in a clip and allowing the Maryland State Police the same powers as the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to inspect and regulate gun stores.

"Our first priority in Baltimore is to build support for laws that address access to illegal guns and assault weapons," Rawlings-Blake said. "In the past year good legislation has been stopped in Maryland’s General Assembly by special interests."

Political leaders were also joined by leaders of faith institutions that called for limiting access to firearms in the state.

"This violence that permeates our culture, that leads us to recognize that every innocent life lost is one too many. In considering the losses that we’re responding to in Newtown, CT, and everywhere else, considering how we ache and what we feel, it is for this reason that our community supports gun control," said Rabbi Ron Shulman, president of the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Although most of the legislation being proposed has failed to gain traction in previous years, Frosh and Raskin said recent events make this a year that gun control will gain more traction in Annapolis.

"The political calculus has changed dramatically. Before the question was that a lot of legislators were afraid if what may happen to them politically if they acted. Now politicians are afraid of what’s going to happen if they don’t act," Raskin said.      

Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Keeping Kids Safe From Gun Accidents Jan. 24, 2006 ABC Good Morning America. "The Centers for Disease Conrol and Prevention reports that 1.69 million children live in homes where firearms have not been put in safe places. In 2003, more than 2,000 children were killed by firearms, 182 from accidental shootings. Another grim statistic: More than 900 children committed suicide with a gun. " http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/US/story?id=1537300#.UN8obHe3rHQ If correct, 1,690,000 children are threatened by unsecured firearms in their homes, 182 killed accidentally, is .0107% rate. What accidental deaths happen LESS than that? ABC uses 2003 stats. According to the FBI UCR there were 1333 murder victims under 18 years old and 813 murder offenders under 18 years old. Of those 1333, 46% were black. Of those 813, 53% are black. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2003/03sec2.pdf
Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
"During his Smiley & West radio show, Dr. Cornel West spoke on the disparity of media coverage and lack of gun control discussion when it comes to violence against minorities. “We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town. They are precious, but they are no less or more precious than our poor brothers and sisters on Indian reservations (who are killing each other) or be they black or brown or what have you,” West said. “But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control,” he continued, “not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot. But now, Newtown, Connecticut, vanilla side — low and behold we got a major conversation. That’s wonderful. Each life is precious but it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.” Innocent African-Americans have been the target of equally unjust violence involving guns, in greater numbers than their white counterparts. Chicago, a city that President Barack Obama has called home for some time, has been under constant siege from increasing violence in recent years, having seen 700 children shot in 2010." http://atlantablackstar.com/2012/12/26/cornel-west-talks-race-and-gun-control-we-cant-just-shed-tears-for-the-vanilla-side-of-town/
Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446. Post this on Facebook and loose your account. http://www.naturalnews.com/038484_Gandhi_quote_Facebook_censorship.html
Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Fagin Insulse Fimicolous Autocoprophagy or FIFA comments "When you resort to pulling out the attack card, you lose." "Never assume others are stupid." "What a nut!" "did you take a test to be a manager of a Walgreen's? Or have you got some of the California Medical juice you have been sipping?" "Doug your ignorance is astounding." "Are you really that ignorant? Serious question." "Are you from this planet? Or did you just waken from a 100 year slumber?" "Your point is to the near absurd." "How's that for an idiotic explanation of your stupid thoughts?" "as long as idiots like you continue to espouse your nonsense." "Sadly, boy, little b emphasized" "Does that help you out boy?" "You seem to endorse the murder of first graders." "Your idiotic point is?" "Here comes Brook with his "normal" comments." "you have no clue" "Sorry Al. Are you a card carrying member of the WBC? Serious question." "Is that you crybaby that deletes their comments?" "Crybaby, your absurdity is only exceeded by Joe's idiocy"
Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Fagin Insulse Fimicolous Autocoprophagy or FIFA comments "When you resort to pulling out the attack card, you lose." "Never assume others are stupid." "What a nut!" "did you take a test to be a manager of a Walgreen's? Or have you got some of the California Medical juice you have been sipping?" "Doug your ignorance is astounding." "Are you really that ignorant? Serious question." "Are you from this planet? Or did you just waken from a 100 year slumber?" "Your point is to the near absurd." "How's that for an idiotic explanation of your stupid thoughts?" "as long as idiots like you continue to espouse your nonsense." "Sadly, boy, little b emphasized" "Does that help you out boy?" "You seem to endorse the murder of first graders." "Your idiotic point is?" "Here comes Brook with his "normal" comments." "you have no clue" "Sorry Al. Are you a card carrying member of the WBC? Serious question." "Is that you crybaby that deletes their comments?" "Crybaby, your absurdity is only exceeded by Joe's idiocy"
FIFA December 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Like I said, copy/pasta Joe banned by the Patch.
FIFA December 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
How is the work release coming Joe/Sanchez. You got off for this weekend Joe/Sanchez?
FIFA December 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
OT, of course if I was her and my accuser was dead, I might say the same thing. "He [Spengler] apparently alleged that he had obtained the firearms used in the shooting from 'his neighbor’s daughter'" per the note left behind by the shooter.
FIFA December 29, 2012 at 07:04 PM
That's the exact question and will be her defense I am sure. I'd like to see what the note says. But they justified charging her on what they have. One would think it will be a tough conviction to get.
Christopher Kidwell December 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM
FIFA, you need to wake up. That involves the ATTACKER getting shot in most cases, which they usually deserve it. Try telling the T R U T H about those numbers, please. Bluntly, stop lying!
Christopher Kidwell December 29, 2012 at 09:44 PM
It's already been illegal for many years, Sanchez. The problem is that the laws in question allow (quite sanely and legitimately) the transfer of weapons from person to person as long as neither person has a serious criminal record.
Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Do you EVER leave this website? Do you not have any other life? How lonely is it up there in Perry Hall? Looking at the number of your posts throughout the day every day it looks like YOU are the one confined somewhere Fifi. No family? Friends? Hobbies? You get your kicks here insulting and disparaging people you are bigoted against? Do you even get up to eat or relieve yourself of your crap that is not typed? FIFI comments 1:53 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:43 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:23 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:20 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:52 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:47 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:44 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:44 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:37 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:20 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:18 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:17 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:06 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:01 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:54 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:52 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:43 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:42 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:39 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:38 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:24 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:04 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:00 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:57 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:20 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012
Sanchez December 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
More FIFI comments from wherever he is confined. 9:02 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 8:44 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 4:35 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 4:29 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 4:06 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 3:46 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 3:43 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 3:41 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 3:20 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 3:11 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 3:10 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 2:15 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 1:54 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 12:14 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 11:44 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 11:02 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:59 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:51 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:44 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:40 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:30 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:24 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 10:20 am on Friday, December 28, 2012
1ke December 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Actually, both of you have annoying quirks, but my annoyance--like yours--matters little in the larger scheme of things. Some people never master the art of "live and let live." Just drop it. Simple formula.
Frank December 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The always non-defamatory, non-abusive, non-obscene, non-profane, non-offensive Joe Blob: http://catonsville.patch.com/users/sanchez-48603606/comments?page=33
Buck Harmon December 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Perfect examples of the way that a Patch Pigeon craps up every thread that they perch on.....They are creations of the Patch editors that choose to allow it.. Lowers the integrity of Patch in general...great for Fifi, Frank and Bart...just to noname a few..
Shawn December 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Sanchez the Fool In Fallacious Advertising aka FIFA has admitted in a previous post the FIFA is not a paid troll. This is completely logical given FIFA's lack of intellect derived form FIFA's many misinformed posts.
Shawn December 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Struck a nerve huh FIFA?........I LOVE THAT!!! .....poor unpaid troll.
franking December 30, 2012 at 12:43 AM
You can ask of this criminal the same as can be asked for many, "Where was dad?"
1ke December 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I had no idea that JoeBlob was so prolific. Now, I see why he copious-pastes. It keeps the Tourette's at bay. Give a shout-out, JB.
FIFA December 30, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Kidwell, you have yet to make a factual post and verify it with a single link. You are like Old Faithful, you just spout off.
FIFA December 30, 2012 at 02:19 AM
JoeBlob, aka CopyPasta, where have I read this before? "infringes or violates another party's intellectual property rights (such as music, videos, photos or other materials for which you do not have written authority from the owner of such materials to post on the Service" Gee, who does that, ah, CopyPasta JoeBlob aka Sanchez aka joey, etc?
Frank December 30, 2012 at 02:42 AM
"Sanchez" cleaned up his famous potty-mouth once JoeBlob used up all his other sockpuppet lives.
Frank December 30, 2012 at 02:12 PM
He's posted about 310 times since December 12, when his alter-egos "Joe" and "Joey" were suspended, and another 16 times between November 9 and 12.
FIFA December 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
If you count the amount of text it is not even close.
Buck Harmon December 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Pure speculation at best....pigeon poo..
FIFA December 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I be your pigeon Bucky baby and you be my statue.
Buck Harmon December 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Admission will begin the healing ...you're almost there...still a little poo from you though...I'll give you my un waving rock solid statue support if you can just keep trying. Hopefully as the new year progresses you might be able to as well..
FIFA December 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM
In this case OT is very accurate, sweet and sour, a great sauce. But I am not copy/pasta Joe/Sanchez which really is funny. Because no one reads his junk. True definition of idiocy, do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. At least I give opinions and reasons why I believe so, Joe/Sanchez/copy/pasta just plagiarizes someone else's opinion. A brain fart can do what he does.
Frank December 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Even B.O. actually had some enlightened comments. His comments on the recent gun control threads were quite a relief from his usual "diaper blowout" robot-posts.

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