Ellynne en Pointe: Speaking Out Against the Gun Bill

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Ellynne en Pointe: Speaking Out Against the Gun Bill

Leonardtown, MD - 2/5/2013

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By Ellynne Brice Davis

Today in Annapolis, a hearing will be held on Gov. O’Malley’s Gun Ban Bill, SB281. Many residents from St. Mary’s County are travelling to Annapolis to testify and to present a show of strength. The Hearing will take place at 1 p.m. in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Room in the Miller Senate Building. A pro-gun Rally begins on the Mall at 11:30 a.m. And there are rumors that the President plans to be in Annapolis on Wednesday…

This proposed Bill broadens the definition of an assault weapon; it classifies 15 different types of semi-automatic pistols as “assault weapons” as well as some shotguns and rifles. If SB281 passes, these guns will be illegal to purchase or bring in to Maryland.

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Danny Morris plans to speak in Annapolis today. With his kind permission, the testimony he will be presenting follows here in Ellynne en Pointe:

“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to address this Maryland Legislative Session on the gun safety and gun law proposals now in front of you. I would like to approach this issue from a practical point of view.  How would these new gun laws be enforced? Laws do not guarantee people will obey them.

3000 years ago Moses came down from a mountain with 10 simple laws. One stated “thou shall not murder”, yet the law of God is broken every day. What makes you think that a Maryland or National law will be obeyed?

The nation passed prohibition against alcohol 95 years ago and not only did people not follow that law, prohibition caused the greatest crime spree this country has ever experienced. The black market flourished to levels never seen in this country.

There are approximately 300 million firearms in this country. Even if it were possible to collect or confiscate every gun in one year, the black market guns would flood the streets.  Technology would make any gun control law ineffective.  People would make their own guns. This is only human nature.  A very primal driving condition of a human is to survive and to protect his or her self and family.

The catalyst for this gun control issue was a terrible and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The State of Connecticut has tough gun laws, yet it did not stop this terrible shooting. Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws, yet Chicago has one of the highest murder rates in this country.

The simple reason is human nature. People will use whatever weapon is at their disposal, not only to protect themselves but also to take whatever they need. In China recently, a crazed man went into a school and used a machete to maim and murder children.

I wish I had the solution to stop these senseless acts of violence. Having served 27 years as a Prince George’s County Police Officer, I am convinced there is no easy solution.  I can only agree that thorough background checks and identification of the mentally ill will certainly help and be a step in the right direction.  I can tell you with certainty that banning firearms will not help, but instead aggravate the situation, as people feel insecure and thus become hostile.

Thank you for your time.  Daniel L. Morris”

For complete information on this Bill you may contact Del. Don H. Dwyer, Jr., of the Maryland General Assembly of District 31 in Anne Arundel County at (410)841-3047. You may also contact www.NationalGunRights.org for information. Watch this space for future updates on this issue.

Also of primary importance to the Republican Party is the Young Republicans organization. Maryland Young Republican Chair Brian Griffiths participates on a Panel tonight at 7 p.m. at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. The MDYRs is the leading organization of Republican youth in the state. It is Maryland’s officially chartered affiliate of the Young Republicans National Federation; Clubs consist of active members of our community. You may visit the website at mdyr.org and also on Facebook and Twitter.

The St. Mary’s County GOP holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at the F.O.P. Lodge in Great Mills. Guest Speaker is Chairman of New Day Maryland, Mr. Charles Lollar. The meeting is open to the public. For additional details you may contact marybr@smcgop.org or www.smcgop.org. (and you may “like” on Facebook at SMCGOP). For information on the “Draft Charles Lollar for Maryland Governor in 2014 150 Club” you may contactwww.DraftCharlesLollar.com.

The Third Annual Reagan Ball will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. Tickets for the Evening Ball, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., are $100. per person (Black Tie optional). Heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served. You may purchase tickets online at mdgop.org/ReaganBall.

The Maryland Republican Pathfinders Program – a statewide effort to develop the Party through local candidate assistance and cultivating grassroots organizations is expanding, due to increased demand.  Additional training is now scheduled on the first four Mondays each month (except July, November, and December) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The charge is $10. for each session, which includes dinner. The additional Sessions for February are scheduled as follows:

-February 11:  Grassroots 101

-February 18:  Effective Communications and Paid Advertising

-February 25: Financing Your Success

For information on the complete schedule of Pathfinders Training Sessions held throughout the state, you may contact David Ferguson, Executive Director, Maryland Republican Party, at (410)263-2125.

The National Federation of Republican Women holds a Campaign Management School in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites. Nationally-recognized campaign consultant Holly Robichaud will conduct the training session. The cost is $100. per person, which includes lunch and materials. You may register online through February 22 at www.nfrw.org/programs/political_education.htm or you may contact Maria Jeffrey at (703)548-9688.  For more information you may contact nfrw.org.

Listen to Senator Alex Mooney, Chair of Maryland’s Republican Party, live on the radio Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. on AM 930WFMD. Or you may listen online atwww.wfmd.com; click “Listen Live”. 

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