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22
Sep

245 homicides in Baltimore

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245 homicides in Baltimore. That’s what it finally took to get help from the state for Baltimore’s gun violence epidemic. Too many people view Baltimore’s homicides as Baltimore’s problems, but Baltimore is the heart and soul of the state and the everyone needs to stand up and collaborate to find solutions. A joint hearing with […]

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30
Aug

Remembering Kevin

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Greta is a strong, smart, and powerful black woman who carries the pain and trauma of watching her youngest son gunned down. On Saturday, August 26, Jen and I joined Greta for the 10th Annual Kevin L. Cooper Foundation Youth Festival and Peace Walk to celebrate her child and raise awareness in the community about […]

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17
Aug

A ray of light on a very dark day

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I grew up in Lexington, Virginia, a beautiful town nestled in the Shenandoah Valley just south of Charlottesville. My father taught at Washington and Lee University (as in General Robert E. Lee). I lived on Stonewall Street and was born in Stonewall Jackson Hospital (as in General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson). When I was in […]

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12
Aug

Mommy, why are all the dead men black?

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(by Liz Banach, Executive Director, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence) Baltimore in the summer is known for picnic tables covered in brown paper and blue crabs, block parties, art festivals and, sadly, a dramatic increase in violence. I’ve spent many humid June and July evenings attending vigils, birthday celebrations, and life celebrations for young men […]

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07
Aug

Baltimore Peace Walk 2017

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by Jen Pauliukonis :: When I first heard about the idea to declare a ceasefire in Baltimore and simply to ask people to stop killing one another, I was admittedly dismissive. I checked myself pretty quickly and wondered how I had become so cynical in this fight to reduce gun violence. So instead of continuing […]

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21
Apr

2017 MGA Legislative Wrap-Up

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Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence entered the 2017 legislative session with new leadership under President Jen Pauliukonis and Executive Director Elizabeth Banach. Under this new leadership, we significantly grew our grassroots participation and changed the landscape and culture of gun related legislation in Annapolis. Gun violence prevention advocates outnumbered the gun extremists on ‘Gun Day” […]

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02
Feb

Update: MPGV defends Weapons-Free Higher Education

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Earlier this week, leaders and volunteers for Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence testified and attended a committee hearing to defend HB 159: Weapons-Free Higher Education. MPGV practically filled the hearing room! This is the kind of fire we need to keep Marylanders safe from gun violence. As President Barack Obama said in his farewell speech, […]

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18
Oct

Van Hollen revisits gun control debate ahead of election

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined a group headed by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to call on voters to vote for candidates who back "common sense" gun control measures. The Democratic candidate for Senate made the push on Tuesday in Annapolis alongside members of the Americans for Responsible Solutions political action committee and Del. Kathleen [...]

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28
Sep

Gun-control ad hits Szeliga, who has her own TV spot up in Md. Senate race

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(Josh Hicks, Washington Post) Listen to the ad here A Maryland gun-control group began airing radio ads Tuesday criticizing Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga (R) for not supporting fingerprint-based licensing for handgun purchases, something her opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), has long promoted. The commercials from Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence are scheduled to run during […]

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09
Sep

Baltimore Sun Letter: Baltimore awash in guns

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I applaud The Baltimore Sun's editorial, "More gun carnage" (Sept. 7), and Dan Rodricks' column, "Not even soft breezes stop the gunfire" (Sept. 7). Mr. Rodricks' words ring all too true. I spent Memorial Day weekend with Cynthia Bruce. Last July, Ms. Bruce's son Marcus was shot 19 times steps from his grandmother's Baltimore rowhome. [...]

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