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NRAphoto3Have you ever wondered just how our legislators receive their gun lobby ratings? You know, A-plus through F-minus. Clearly much depends on their voting record on gun-related legislation, whether in Congress or in the state legislatures. Well there is another element that factors into the rating and that element is official candidate surveys.
A while back I toyed with the idea of running for the soon-to-be-vacated District 6 Congressional seat currently held by John Delaney. I considered running because I sincerely believed that my experience with both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government exceeded the experience of any of the candidates currently running for that office.
However, I decided against running for two reasons. One reason is the current political environment in which money does, indeed, talk and all too often the most money talks the loudest and focusing on gathering campaign contributions is not something I wanted to tackle at this time.
The other reason is that I would have had to give up the platform that the Montgomery County Sentinel has provided me for the last several years. That decision may have made some readers happy, but giving up my front-row seat to observing history is something I did not want to do at this time either.
True, the history we are watching emanating from the Oval Office is similar to watching the Hindenburg explosion over a prolonged period of time, but it is history nevertheless.

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Gun advocates and control supporters rally in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS — Even a casual observer who visited the House of Delegates’ offices Tuesday could easy deduce the issue of the day by taking notice of the sartorial sameness displayed in the long lines of activists waiting to testify – gun control.

The corridor outside the House Judiciary Committee’s chamber, was packed full of redshirted advocates, gun lobbyists and other Marylanders seeking to add their voice to the debate, whether it was for or against more gun legislation. While last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida provided new momentum to a longstanding push for more gun control laws, those in attendance at Tuesday’s public hearing came not to take part in the ongoing national debate on guns, but rather to weigh in gun issues closer to home in Maryland.

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Where have you gone NRA?

 

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Philando Castile of Minnesota had a permit to carry a gun, was pulled over by police for a routine traffic stop, advised the police officer of the fact that he had a firearm and a permit to carry it, obeyed all orders given him by the police officer and was in the process of retrieving his driver's license and registration when he was shot and killed by that police officer. From the video taken, the police officer seemed to be in such a panic one has to wonder why he chose law enforcement as a career.

Where is your outrage, NRA, about Philando's Second Amendment right to carry a firearm? Where is your outrage, NRA, about his being deprived of his right to carry that firearm and that he lost his life because he carried that firearm? Could the fact that Philando Castile was black have anything to do with you not being “up in arms” about his gun rights?

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NRA disciples cherry-picking Constitution

Freedom! Don't take away my freedom! I have my rights! It's in the Constitution! Second Amendment! These are the cries of members of the gun establishment expressing their National Rifle Association-instilled fears that any commonsense gun safety measures, such as universal mandatory background checks as a requirement to purchase a gun, will infringe on their Constitutional right to carry a gun without any restrictions or safeguards whatsoever.

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