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All four gun violence prevention bills…signed into law

All four gun violence prevention bills…signed into law

Yesterday, Governor Hogan signed four of our priority gun bills into law. We commend his and the General Assembly leadership's support of these important policies. Yesterday's signing could not have come at a more important time following a spike in violence in...

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Our schools under attack… again

Our schools under attack… again

It's been a hard week. An American high school once again experienced a completely preventable tragedy when an angry, young man brought an AR-15 in to his old high school and murdered 17 students and educators and injured 14 more. As a leader of Marylanders to Prevent...

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Let the bullies hide behind their posters

Let the bullies hide behind their posters

Looks like the gun lobby has been keeping an eye on our work and they aren’t happy! They want to shame us for raising our voices to pass meaningful gun reform. They want to shame us for daring to oppose them. They want to shame us for putting the safety of our...

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Five years after Newtown tragedy, little has changed

Five years after Newtown tragedy, little has changed

As the news of the shooting broke on December 14, 2012, I vividly recall the aerial shots of the peaceful town of Sandy Hook and the elementary school. News helicopters hovered in the air as news anchors tried to make sense of an unfathomable and unfolding tragedy. I...

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Asking the hard questions and looking for real answers

Asking the hard questions and looking for real answers

I have listened to the constant stream of news coverage regarding the shooting in Las Vegas for the past two weeks. The media has attempted to make sense of the tragedy, but attempting to make sense of a nonsensical event is a dangerous exercise. Reporters have...

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What happened in Las Vegas

What happened in Las Vegas

I’m angry. I’m heartbroken. I woke up at 6:30 am on Monday morning to news that should be unimaginable: a devastating mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. A man stood in a hotel room with an arsenal of high-powered rifles and shot out the...

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245 homicides in Baltimore

245 homicides in Baltimore

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...

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Remembering Kevin

Remembering Kevin

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...

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A ray of light on a very dark day

A ray of light on a very dark day

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...

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Mommy, why are all the dead men black?

(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...

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