Friday, April 12, 2013
Sen. Jim Brochin says trend of school shootings is driven by people who want to "kill as many as we can."
Recent mass shootings around the country are being driven by people intent on killing as many as possible in order to set a record, according to state Sen. Jim Brochin. "There's a new game in town and it's: 'Let's go to a school and kill as many people as we can and beat the record,'" Brochin said, speaking of high capacity ammunition magazines and the mindset of shooters in incidents such as shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. There was also a shooting at Perry Hall High School on the first day of school. The senator made the comments on the C4 Show on WBAL 1090 AM during a discussion of gun control legislation recently passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Brochin, who represents the 42nd District, voted in favor …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A comparison of existing state gun laws and proposed changes at the federal and state level.
Thursday, February 7
By Allen Etzler Capital News Service Gov. Martin O’Malley and President Barack Obama have proposed gun control and public safety legislation in response to the December school shootings in Newtown, CT. Here are some current Maryland laws, and the proposed legislative changes: Current Maryland Gun Laws Handguns: Assault Weapons: Ammunition Magazines: Proposed Changes to Maryland Law Proposed Changes to Federal Law
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Nearly six dozen metal detecting wands bought in October have been used just three times.
Metal detecting wands purchased after a school shooting in Perry Hall have been used just three times since October and have not caught any students carrying weapons in Baltimore County public schools. County police used the wands in searches of students at Kenwood High, Sparrows Point High and the Western School of Technology since the purchase and implementation of the equipment in October. No weapons were recovered in any of the searches, according to Elise Armacost, a police department spokeswoman. "We don't have a lot of weapons in Baltimore County schools," Armacost said. "It's not surprising that we didn't recover any." County police were issued the wands in October. Officers use them only in the case of a suspicious circumstance, …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
All county residents are invited to participate in the 'Winter Wonderland' project.
The Stoneleigh and Oakleigh elementary school Parent Teacher Associations are doing their parts to make the holiday season a little brighter for the Newtown community. The Connecticut town was shook when a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 kids, at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. On Jan. 4, county residents are invited to stop by the cafeteria at Oakleigh Elementary School in Parkville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to create handmade snowflakes that would be used to decorate the Sandy Hook building, according to a flyer distributed by the PTAs. Stoneleigh and Oakleigh are working with the Connecticut PTA, in connection with Sandy Hook, to make this Winter Wonderland project possible. Participants are asked to bring scissors if …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The parents of Josephine Gay remembered their daughter who was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting on Friday, Dec. 14.
The parents of Josephine Grace Gay, 7, remembered their daughter as a smiling, affectionate little girl who had an indomitable spirit and loved hugs, in a statement released Thursday. Josephine, who was born in Columbia and lived in Howard County for three years before moving to Newtown, CT, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting on Friday, Dec. 14. Her father Robert Gay was a 1978 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson. Josephine had turned seven three days before the shooting and was looking forward to celebrating her birthday with her friends the day after the shooting, said her parents. "Josephine loved the color purple," wrote Robert and Michele Gay. "Born in Maryland, she grew up in a family of Ravens fans and …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It's your turn to share your thoughts on the media's coverage of the nation's latest mass shooting.
In the immediate aftermath of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, CT some people thought the news media coverage of the event was overkill, if not completely invasive. There was criticism of cable TV networks for interviewing kids coming out of the school following the massacre, and incorrect information was reported in the hours immediately following the news breaking. But others argue that it’s the job of the news media to be aggressive in telling these stories, and that the misinformation was only the results of erroneous information provide by officials. How would you rate the media coverage of the of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings? Tell us in comments.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Police chief says alleged shooter was licensed to carry a gun and "had half a load on."
A shooting outside the Charles Village Pub in Towson is not drawing the same ire from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz as a brawl outside another Towson watering hole attracted in September. "I have consistently stated that the owner of a liquor establishment, a bar, have the responsibility for their patrons after they leave the building," said Kamenetz. Francis Minsung Kang, 26, of the unit block of Brook Farm Court in Cockeysville was charged early Sunday with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and use of a handgun in committing a felony. Kang was leaving the Charles Village Pub when he allegedly threw a bottle of Gatorade at a woman and a fight ensued. He pulled out a handgun and fired five shots into a crowd, striking …
The school system was already in the process of evaluating its safety practices following two local gun incidents.
While touring schools Monday morning, Superintendent Dallas Dance was asked by a kindergarten student what he is doing to keep kids safe after a shooting at a Newtown, CT school on Friday. "This is something we already take seriously," Dance said he told the student during an interview with local media Monday afternoon. Following two highly publicized gun incidents at Perry Hall High School and Stemmers Run Middle School respectively, the school system was already in the process of reviewing its safety practices and put some new measures to use after the Friday shooting. "We're continuing to move forward in our efforts because we already started this work," Dance said. He pointed to work currently being done by his administration …
Gun Club official asks elected leaders to "refrain from publicly exploiting this heartbreaking tragedy until after the victims had been returned to their families and loved ones."
UPDATED (3:30 p.m.)—Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson Monday called for tougher gun laws in the wake of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 dead, including 20 children. "Such a discussion is not an assault on the Second Amendment," Kamenetz said. "This is an assault on assault weapons. The founding fathers granted Americans the right to bear arms but like other rights in the Constitution, that right is not absolute, and it is subject to reasonable limits." But a representative of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore said it is too early to discuss stricter gun laws. Kamenetz Monday read from an open letter he said he was sending to state and federal officials. [A copy of the …