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Enough with the prayers already

MC DC Trump on Gun Violence in America 1bSomewhere in the United States right now, as you read this, the next victims of a mass murder are going about their business of life and have no idea what’s in store for them.
They don’t know they’ll soon be victims – perhaps before the ink dries on our newspaper.
They have no way of knowing how they’ll die, or when; whether they’ll die next to their loved ones or die running for safety.
They will just be dead and the dead can’t do anything about it.

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It's never too early to talk about gun control

MC DC Wash Rinse Repeat in BW 1bIt is not too soon. Today's the day to talk about guns in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that took place just a few short weeks ago in Las Vegas.
Let's start the discussion with some math. This country averages about 90 deaths by gun per day. That is about 33,000 gun deaths per year, every year. Compare that statistic to Japan which had one gun death last year. That is one.
Want more math? The population of this country is about 320 million and the number of guns in this country is about 265 million. Of those 265 million guns about half, or 130 million guns, are owned by only three percent of the population. 78 percent of the population do not own a firearm.
Here's an even better statistic: with only about five percent of the population, the United States accounts for 50 percent of all guns in the world.
One more statistic: there have been, to date, 273 mass shootings, or shootings that take at least four lives, in the United States this year.
Now let's add up all the numbers and what do we get? It is time to do something because doing nothing is not working. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in our history, a record which seems to be broken every year or so, the Republican Congress said “too soon.”

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County leaders discuss curbing gun violence

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ROCKVILLE – A Nov. 17 hearing on the impact of gun violence on public health centered on ways to reduce the number of people dying from being shot, including making guns safer.

The hour-long discussion at the Montgomery County Council Building did not entirely avoid the issue of gun control, as promised by County Councilmember George Leventhal (D-At large), who sponsored the hearing. 

Leventhal said members of the public could not comment during the hearing out for fear that the hearing “could get out of control.”

“Gun violence is something we’d like to see diminished,” Leventhal said.

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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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Sen. Cardin talks issues with Montgomery County Council

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ben cardinSen. Ben Cardin   COURTESY PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Council members talked with Sen. Ben Cardin (D) about several local issues such as Metro, immigration and policing at a lunch meeting in Rockville on Monday.

The day before, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial service for five Dallas police officers that were killed by a gunman last week. Cardin said there is a sense of bipartisan unity in the Senate.

“I have talked to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and you know it is a general sense of just frustration and anger when you see these type of episodes occur too frequently in the United States and around the world,” Cardin said. “So yes, I think there is a real belief that we are better than this and that there needs to be a way to keep our community safe. We need better relationships between community and law enforcement.”

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State Democrats and Republicans clash over congressional gun violence sit-in

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After nine of Maryland’s 10 congressional members participated in the June 22 Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, some Republicans decried the move as a “stunt.”

The three Republican candidates running for the House districts that include Montgomery County all said they opposed the sit-in, though they varied on what to do to prevent future mass shootings.

Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), protested Republican leaders not calling for a vote on any gun control bills after four of those bills died in the Senate.

Local Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), John Delaney (D-6) and John Sarbanes (D-3) all joined their Democratic colleagues on the House floor last week, along with Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D).

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Woman details horror of being shot

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Iris ShermanIris Sherman is on the road to recovery after being shot in December. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

ROCKVILLE – On the evening of Monday, Dec. 21, Iris Sherman laid face-first on her steering wheel, incapable of driving any farther or even lifting up her hands.

Pulled over along E. Middle Lane, the College Gardens resident banged her head repeatedly on the horn of her Lexus SUV, hoping to draw the attention of her oldest son Jonathan, surely looking for her near the Rockville Metro station.

Last Friday, Sherman recalled the events of this incident that led her to more than four months of recovery, which she detailed in part during an April 25 City Council meeting to raise awareness about the need for more police officers in the city.

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