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SOTU and What We’ve Done in Maryland – Part IV

The vision the President laid out will move our nation forward. Here in Maryland, we are already working towards stronger families, stronger communities, and a stronger America.

When the President delivered his State of the Union last week, he demonstrated bold leadership on finding new and innovative ways to cut waste, increase efficiencies, improve education — from Pre-School to higher education — keep families safe, and create jobs.  The vision the President laid out will move our nation forward. Here in Maryland, we are already working towards stronger families, stronger communities, and a stronger America.

Reducing Gun Violence

Here’s what President Obama Said:

“Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun.”

“Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.”

And here’s what we’ve done and are doing in Maryland:

Whether it’s horrific mass shootings like the ones in Newtown and Columbine, or murders on the streets of our cities, we lose far too many American lives each year to gun violence.

That’s why we’ve introduced a comprehensive approach to reduce gun violence focused on three strategies: (1) gun safety; (2) school safety; and (3) mental health.

1.) Gun safety: We should ban military-style assault weapons, limit large ammunition capacity, and require licenses for handgun purchases. We respect the rights of hunters and sportsmen and that’s why our licensing requirements will NOT apply to shotguns or rifles.

2.) School safety: We will invest in security upgrades for schools, including cameras at entrances, automatically locking doors, shatterproof glass and buzzer entrance systems. We will also establish a “Maryland Center for School Safety,” which will amplify our efforts by gathering meaningful data and serving as a central hub for collaboration between our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.

3.) Mental heath: First and foremost, we will work to keep guns away from people who may be dangerous to themselves or others as a result of mental illness. We will also improve data sharing practices between federal and state officials, and invest more to improve mental health services so we can intervene early and reduce the potential for violent behavior. Finally, we will expand crisis intervention teams, expand response services, and establish a center for excellence on early intervention for serious mental illness.

Click here to learn more about our plan.

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TJ February 22, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Buzz, I don't like it but he #3 on that list.
Steve February 22, 2013 at 09:13 AM
Somebody has his Granny panties all in a twist.....
runymede February 22, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Yeah right, O'Malley, raising the gas tax will 'build stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger America'.....
G-Man February 22, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Our country as well as Maryland is going into the proverbial abyss. I can't stand either official.
Buzz Beeler February 22, 2013 at 06:34 PM
TJ, my mistake. He did make a statement that he would not run against Hillary. They are both a disaster. I think based on the direction the liberal left is leading this nation, by then the goodies will run out and the bills will become due. Last night on the "Factor", they found a divorcee with two children that was making $80,000 a year on welfare in Pennsylvanian and the report came from CBS which is not a conservative network. They broke it down to the penny and interviewed her. She is now going to college (payed for by the government) and said why work when you can get it for nothing. She went on to say the government makes it hard to go out and actually work when you don't have to. If the defense cuts kick in the MD will take a hit and that could impact their bond rating. Given our rank as one of the highest taxed states in the country this will not sit well with voters nationwide.. O'Malley is so far left I don't think his tax and spend agenda will hold up after Obama leaves office and the check is due.

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