Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown & Attorney General Doug Gansler Jockey on Gun Control // 2014 Rivals Host Dueling Events


Gun control appears to be an early issue priority for Maryland's 2014 gubernatorial candidates. Two rival candidates, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown are both hosting events to highlight the issue. Below we provide some information and discussion about their dueling gun control efforts:

ANTHONY BROWN GUN CONTROL TOWN HALLS: Starting today, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown will be hosting a series of gun control town halls throughout the state. By throughout the state, I mean in Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Baltimore City -- coincidentally, Maryland's big three Democratic strongholds. Brown will be fielding questions from the audience in his effort to build momentum for the administration's legislative package. The gatherings are being billed as discussions between Lt. Gov. Brown, cabinet officials, local electeds, and ordinary Marylanders about the O'Malley-Brown approach to gun control. Below you can see the town hall schedule:

Lt. Governor Brown to host public safety town halls around the state

In the coming weeks, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown will be hosting a series of town halls around the state to connect with community members about the O'Malley-Brown Administration's proposed public safety legislation, answer questions and hear ideas for continuing to build a safer Maryland together. At each town hall, the Lt. Governor will be joined by a panel made up of local elected officials, representatives from the Department of Education, Maryland State Police, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

January 31, 2013 - Baltimore City Town Hall with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
7:30pm - 9:00pm
University of Baltimore School of Law, Venable Baetjer Howard Moot Court Room
1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
RSVP for Baltimore City Town Hall
February 5, 2013 - Prince George's County Town Hall
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Prince George's Community College, Marlboro Hall
301 Largo Road, Largo, Maryland
RSVP for Prince George's County Town Hall
February 6, 2013 - Montgomery County Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett & Council President Nancy Navarro
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Montgomery County Council Hearing Room, Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland
RSVP for Montgomery County Town Hall

DOUG GANSLER GUN VIOLENCE FORUM: Meanwhile, Monday Attorney General Doug Gansler is hosting a gun violence forum, and his event will be at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore. Gansler is bringing together a range of community leaders, law enforcement figures, and other experts for what he is calling "The Attorney General's Forum on Gun Violence - A Conversation Among Law Enforcement and Community Leaders to Consider Practical Solutions." Details below: 

Attorney General Doug Gansler Convenes Forum on Gun Violence 
Local challenges, Maryland solutions to be the focus

Baltimore, MD ( Jan. 17, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that he will host a forum on gun violence in Maryland on Monday, February 4 at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. A prosecutor at the federal, state and local levels for over two decades, Attorney General Gansler is convening state and local community leaders, law enforcement, prosecutors, legal scholars and experts for the event entitled, The Attorney General's Forum on Gun Violence - A Conversation Among Law Enforcement and Community Leaders to Consider Practical Solutions.

"This is the right time to consider pragmatic, common-sense action to reduce gun violence and protect the safety of all Marylanders," said Attorney General Gansler. "We will explore solutions to effectively keep illegal guns off the street and stop guns from getting into the hands of those who seek to kill or harm others."

This week, Attorney General Gansler, currently serving as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), was joined by other attorneys general from across the nation in a discussion of gun violence with the Office of Vice President Joe Biden and White House officials. The forum on February 4 will be an extension of that conversation, seeking to identify and define the many legal, law enforcement and systematic changes that will save lives and prevent injury to Marylanders.

"There are important and welcome developments on gun violence already underway in Annapolis and Washington," Attorney General Gansler added. "This event is intended to further that conversation as we continue to work with Governor O'Malley, members of the General Assembly, my colleagues in law enforcement, community leaders, and the people of Maryland to ensure that in 2013 our state makes progress on gun violence."


TEA PARTY ORGANIZES "DAY OF RESISTANCE" TO MARYLAND GUN CONTROL - Maryland Juice just received an action alert from members of the Maryland Tea Party indicating that they don't plan on sitting on the sidelines during the gun control debate. They are now organizing a "day of resistance," and sent the following explanation:

POTOMAC TEA PARTY REPORT: Details will follow, but Hagerstown Tea Party board member Lynda Evans is taking the lead in organizing an event called The Western Maryland Day of Resistance  for the National Day of Resistance on February 23rd!

EVENT INFO: On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama issued 23 executive actions against your 2nd amendment Constitutional right to bear arms. He did this without the consent of Congress which in itself, violates the foundation of the Constitution and the co-equal branches of government.

In response to these unconstitutional actions by the President, on .223, February 23, 2013 the American people will stand together in defiance to protect the right that protects ALL of our rights, the 2nd Amendment! They will organize locally so that they may band together neighbor to neighbor and reassert their community's right to determine their own destiny!

Meanwhile, gun control activists have created a new organization in Maryland called, Marylanders Against Gun Violence. Their mission states, "MDAGV is a grassroots organization advocating for sensible gun control legislation in the Maryland General Assembly and in Congress." You can find them on Facebook for more information.

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