Thursday, April 4, 2013
Howard County, Maryland educators not so sure.
Thursday, April 4
By Yagana Shah and Jeremy Barr, Capital News Service WASHINGTON -- Arming teachers and other personnel is the best approach to combat gun violence in schools, the National Rifle Association reiterated Tuesday. “We want the debate focused on school safety,” said former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson at the National Press Club. “Teachers should teach, but if there is a personnel that has good experience, has interest in it and is willing to go through the training...then that is an appropriate resource a school should be able to utilize.” Howard County schools won't be utilizing any such training anytime soon. "The HCPSS does not have plans in place to arm teachers or other education professionals," was the reply from school …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
A survey by Goucher College finds support on issues from banning assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds to fingerprinting and prohibitions on owning weapons for persons who are involuntarily committed.
From bans on assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines to fingerprinting anyone purchasing a gun, a new poll finds that a majority of Marylanders want stricter state gun laws. Eighty-two percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College believe those purchasing a gun should be fingerprinted. The poll also found: Last month the Maryland Senate approved sweeping changes to gun laws that requires a license for all handgun purchases, bans of sales of assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, requires fingerprinting for new gun purchases, and prohibits anyone involuntarily committed involuntarily for mental health reasons or who …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Hundreds gather on the day Gov. Martin O'Malley testifies in favor of gun legislation he proposed earlier this year.
Wednesday, February 6
By Rashee Raj Kumar Capital News Service Hundreds of gun rights advocates rallied outside the State House Wednesday in opposition to new gun control measures proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley. As O’Malley testified in favor of new gun restrictions before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, protesters outside said his proposals to ban assault weapons, limit magazine sizes and strengthen licensing measures would erode their rights. Jay Hanlon, a retiree from Silver Spring, held a sign arguing that the Second Amendment protected gun ownership, including assault weapons, as a check against “Domestic Enemies.” “That’s the weapon we need to defend ourselves against a government gone bad—against our oppressors,” said Hanlon, 65. Kerry …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, a task force in Howard County was convened to discuss safety in local schools.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Patch highlights five local Howard County blogs this week.
"What Could Have Been At Bistro Blanc" - HowChow Food blogger HowChow describes a disappointing experience after attending Bistro Blanc's half price burger night on Wednesday. The blogger writes, "We have friends who really enjoy Bistro Blanc. We even loved bits of the meal like those pickles, the mushrooms, sprouts and lettuce garnishes, and the bread basket. But we have had a series of sloppy, disappointing dinners, including an epic failure in 2009. We couldn't get over last night's experience -- a lonely 40 minutes and badly-cooked meat." "Gun Control" - HoCo Rising Tom Coale examines the arguments emerging around gun control after the Sandy Hook shooting. Coale specifically addresses non-gun control ideas such as arming teachers …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In a Friday morning press conference in Washington DC, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Approximately 700 students in Howard County are diagnosed with the neural disorder.
The Howard County Autism Society released a statement Wednesday asking people not to judge individuals with autism based on the coversation surrounding the school shooting in Sandy Hook. The statement, which was written by the National Autism Society read: In the nation’s rush to understand the reasoning for such an awful occurrence, the conversation evolved to include the alleged shooter’s possible diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The Autism Society feels it is imperative to remove autism from this tragic story. Race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are seldom, if ever, linked to the actions of an individual in a causal relationship. It is imperative that developmental disorders and disabilities betreated in the same vein. Adam…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked broader debate over gun control and whether semi-automatic weapons should be banned.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Sandy Hook shooting has opened a broader discussion over gun control and whether there should be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons like the one used by shooter Adam Lanza. As Columbia Patch points out, citing an article from The Washington Post, current law bans fully automatic assault weapons, but semi-automatic assault weapons are legal, as well as high-capacity magazines. Since the shooting, Walmart stopped selling online the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle, which is in the same family of firearms as the weapon Lanza used, The Huffington Post reports. Wheaton Patch is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of "modern sporting rifles" at all of its stores. The shooting has sparked a …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Despite concrete knowledge about the mental health of Adam Lanza, or what it would mean, a conversation has arisen in Howard County and across the nation about access to care.
Much has been written but little is known, officially, about the mental health of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old Newtown, Conn. man who officials say shot and killed his mother and then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 first graders and six adults before killing himself. He was “kind of strange,” “painfully shy,” and “just a bit off,” former classmates told the Hartford Courant, and, accourding to the Courant, investigators have said Lanza may have had a mental illness or developmental disorder, specifically Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. Despite the fact that researchers have found no link between Asperger's and violence, the shooting has pushed mental health into the forefront of the news and has led Howard County …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Counties across the state took measures to deal with the Newtown, CT school shooting.
Communities across Maryland have been reeling in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Some residents said they feared dropping their children off at school while others demanded action from legislators. Hyattsville Elementary School's new principal, Julia Burton, addressed her students Monday before Prince George's County schools observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, CT. "Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. And take care of the place," she told students. In Wheaton, parents reacted to the tragic news and talked about school safety in Montgomery County. Frances Frost, a contributor to the Local Voices section on Wheaton Patch, wrote in an email: "As a mom of 4…