Chief Johnson: Assault Weapons 'Excessive' for Public

The Baltimore County police chief decried gun violence on WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks radio show.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson continued his crusade against civilians owning assault weapons during a Thursday appearance on WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks.

The police chief said opponents of assault weapon bans frequently cite home invasions as a reason to possess them, but pointed out that there is no "serious chronic problem with home invasions" in Baltimore County.

"An assault weapon is an excessive weapon for the public," Johnson told Midday listeners.

Johnson further noted that home invasions are commonly connected to drug-related incidents.

"You see it from time to time," he said.

Johnson caught the national spotlight Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on gun violence. Conservative bloggers were put off when the chief, who started in his role in 2007, called National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre's comments on tyranny "creepy."

"It was very clear that there was division in the room," he said on WYPR.

The full interview will be available on WYPR's website at a later time.

FIFA February 01, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Buck, your man card is no longer accepted here. Revoked.
Sanchez February 01, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I defend no one and STOP dragging me into your sandbox fights Fifi!
Steve February 01, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I wonder if he was posting on Patch? http://www.registerguard.com/web/updates/29381719-55/eugene-police-bathroom-leg-business.html.csp
Buck Harmon February 01, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Name the number FIFA...There has never been a FIFA in the military and you know it...name the number... glad to see that I've captured your attention ...your focus is easily altered..
FIFA February 01, 2013 at 09:09 PM
$100,000 for the name behind FIFA
Sanchez February 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
STOP FIFI from dragging me into your childish sandbox fights! Grow some for yourself!
FIFA February 01, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Buck, I am not a fool, I see your sleight of hand.
FIFA February 01, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Go away Joe Sanchez.
FIFA February 01, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Gee, where is Tim Bird?
Tom Hope February 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Sorry I got into this one late after the name calling off-topic slurs started. To clarify some issues first off. "Assault Weapon" is a term that was established by legislators to classify characteristics of some guns. The ability of semi-automatic firing is the common feature. Other characteristics have to deal with detachable magazines and hardware mounted to the weapon (Telescoping stock, Pistol grip, Bayonet lug). Assault rifles define a specific set of characteristics with weapon performance. All assault weapons have the ability to select the type of fire sequence, i.e. Single fire, burst or full automatic. They also are magazine fed. Those people that understand guns know the classification is vague and does little to address leathality of a weapon. As an example, you can take a Remington 1100 semi-automatic shotgun that is commonly used for hunting small game and bird hunting that is not classified an "assault weapon". Install a telescoping stock with a pistol grip and it is now an "assault weapon" per the assault weapon ban. In doing this modification you have done nothing to increase the leathality of the gun. This type of modification is commonly done for hunters with physical disabilities. To put some perspective on this in a comparison, Maryland recently passed laws specifically against Pit Bulls. People came out of the woodwork about how unfair it was to single out one bread as inherently vicious or dangerous. Rants like " Its bad dog owners not the bread."
Paita Wille February 03, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Thank u,,,taking away any weapon is a violation of 2nd amendment. Its not the guns u idiots,,,,its the person behind the trigger.With ''our'' government restricting more and more of our god given rights as humanbeings,,its only a matter of time for a needed revolution to protect our rights that are being taken away ever day by unethical rich people literally buying our governments congrees,senate,f.d.a.,e.p.a.,,,u name it,,it is now bought and pay'd for by the rich.This is y,humanity,ethical,moral,mercy,and money for a mental health is no-longer available to 99% of the population..Of course they want to take our guns away,so we have nothing to defend ourselves against our own corrupt government,thats the truth,like it or not.Last time I checked we are NOT,RUSSIA,..Anyone from Maryland,Virginia,Washington D.c.,,are ALL corrupt,they do our governments unethical bidding,y?because Washington D.c. employs all this people in those surrounding states,anyone from those states OUR LIERS!!!THERE LIERS,,,THERE STATICS ARE FRAUDULENT,IE JAMES JOHNSON LIES!!!!,paita
Roger February 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Weapons of mass destruction! You make the case for tighter regulation than anyone has proposed. Way to go. Rail on that you fanatics.
Kongo February 03, 2013 at 05:19 PM
LMAO...the trembling little mutt once again trying to paint himself as a war veteran. What hilarity.
Tom Hope February 03, 2013 at 05:20 PM
I realize pit bulls have not gone in an elementary school and killed 20 children, but the logic doesn't stay consistent. The amount of damage and the amount of pit bull attacks warranted the issue be addressed in some manner. Pit Bull owner came out defending their animals , saying how loving they are and that their's is not dangerous and it is unfair to punish all because of irresponsible owners. Hmmm, sounds a bit familiar? I recently got in to a debate with Clarence Mitchell IV on his WBAL radio show about why people need or should own these Military type weapons. Those that defend the 2nd Amendment point out the initial concern for citizens to be able to defend against a tyrannical government. C4 (as Mr. Mitchel goes by) made the argument that a citizen armed with an AR-15 would not stand a chance against an Apache Helicopter. To this I would agree however, I believe there would be a build up to the level of tyranny way before a President would order its military to fire on its citizens. Given that individual citizens that own weapons could form a militia to speak out against the tyranny and have firepower to back it. If you think this is far fetched consider what we experience here in Maryland with the single party government we have. We are the highest taxed state in several areas and they keep taking more and think nothing about spending more.
Tom Hope February 03, 2013 at 05:39 PM
How so?
Johnny bagadonuts February 03, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Johnny bagadonuts 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2013 Chief Johnson is a stooge for the democrats, he looked like an idiot with this fancy halloween storm trooper costume, festooned with stars like some kind of a mexican general, his facial expressions and demeanor were absurd, he is an embarrasment and only in MD, say VT maybe Mass, would he make it as a police chief..... a total disgrace
Lorna D. Rudnikas February 04, 2013 at 06:18 AM
I find it fascinating that we are being maneuvered to keep our eye on the gun control issue..and another patch article is raving about how CCBC has invited Van Jones, an avowed communist and revolutionary as some sort of hero... a clean energy and human rights pioneer, in February as a guest lecturer for the President's Distinguished African-American Lecture Series. We are busy at the front door with the gun control maneuvers...and look at the interesting characters coming through the back door. Had to resign as a White House Czar...and is now landing on our community college campuses. Oh, sorry, this thread is all about gun control isn't it.
Buck Harmon February 04, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Which Patch would that be Lorna?
Roger February 04, 2013 at 02:19 PM
No Lorma. The thread is past gun control. It is fear and loathing. Consumed by "conservative" ignorant white (mostly but not always white) people that don't have a clue that the Chinese will eat their grandchildren's lunch if you don't get serious about funding a top notch public education system for this country. You are good at spreading alarm Lorma. Communists? Is that your real fear? Gays, blacks, foreigners? You rail for people that don't believe in paying their taxes. Anarchists. People that grab tabloid nonsense and half truths as fact and who ignore real facts and statistics. Guns are a societal and medical issue. The issue is not second amendment. You have let the kooks eat away at your other rights while being distracted. You don't utter a peep that your elected "conservative" politicians permit unfettered recording of all of your email, text, tweet and phone conversations. Or the lobby/politician industry that is where your real money goes. I think you have a right to bear arms - in the army. Not carry weapons of mass destruction in society. Is there a limit to the size of the gun you want - 30 mm? 55 mm? Do you want missiles too?
Buck Harmon February 04, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Think you're misreading a bit much into Lorna Roger...and how the hell can you determine black from white posters on these threads? Lorna has addressed, (quite eloquently I might add), all of the issue that you just brought up.... Regarding your gun statements ...you left out the baa that most sheeple include.
Lorna D. Rudnikas February 04, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Hello Buck...that would be the Arbutus Patch.
Lorna D. Rudnikas February 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Roger..looks like I have touched a raw nerve. Sorry, I tend to do that on occasion. You see me as,,Conservative = ignorant, fear and loathing with no clue. I see you lumping gays, black, foreigners into your assessment of anti-communistic viewpoints. Let us review: 1) Where am I "railing" FOR people that don't believe in paying their taxes. My thought is actually QUESTIONING folks like Tim Geithner; 2) Name the anarchists you are referring to; 3) As for "kooks" eating away at our rights...not sure if "kooks" is the proper description, perhaps quite intelligent and very, very focused might better describe them; 4) "Guns are a societal and medical issue",,yes you might describe them as such until the wolf is at YOUR door and you have no protection...mmmm; and 5) no uttered peeps...my peeps are about who dares to attack our second amendment, both through the front door and the back...the issue being the Second Amendment. All your snarling, squealing, finger pointing, anger doesn't change reality one little bit. As for the limit of weapons...well in my estimation, depends upon the forward march of those who would put usunder, darling. Freedom is our wonderful blessing...paid for in many ways with the blood, sweat and tears of our magnificent citizens...worth due diligence and high end protection. And finally, Roger, my interchanges have always been focused on both sides of the political aisle. I suggest you stop "railing" and do you home work, darling.
Sanchez February 04, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Thugs pick on a 70 year old man thinking they have an easy mark. The easy mark had great gun control. Martin Luther King Jr. High School coach shoots attackers "Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot. Police sources say the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources. The man who shot the attackers was 70 years old, according to police. One of the attackers was found dead in the median on Lafayette Boulevard, and the other was taken to a local hospital, according to police sources. We've learned that both of the men had attended the high school, and one had been recently expelled. Police sources say the coach has a Concealed Pistol License and is reportedly a reserve police officer. They say he is fully cooperating with authorities." THIS IS GUN CONTROL! Hitting your targets! If he was in New York with the tyrants there he may have run out of rounds to protect the two young women. http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/man-shot-near-martin-luther-king-jr-high-school-in-detroit
Sanchez February 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM
"you make more excuses..." More LIES by FIFA. He could not post "excuses" from me if he tried. Lies lies and the liars that tell them is FIFA.
Scott Grasmick February 04, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Freddy February 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Chief mislead Americans and congress? This is why the public is so misinformed. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/02/19/baltimore-county-police-chief-misleads-america-on-assault-weapons-on-the-street-n1513597
Roger February 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Repeal the second amendment! You only have the right to bear arms in the army you twisted chicken hawk fanatics.
Freddy February 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM
While were at it lets repeal amendments since they were written so long ago.
Lorna D. Rudnikas February 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Rather short sighted of you Roger!
Lorna D. Rudnikas February 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM
mmmm....Freddy, let us not encourage Roger.


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