Mommy, why are all the dead men black?

August 12

(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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Baltimore Peace Walk 2017

August 7

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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2017 MGA Legislative Wrap-Up

April 21

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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Update: MPGV defends Weapons-Free Higher Education

February 2

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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Van Hollen revisits gun control debate ahead of election

October 18

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

September 28

(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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Baltimore Sun Letter: Baltimore awash in guns

September 9

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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A back-to-school resolution

September 1

As my family goes through our back-to-school rituals — buying school supplies, packing lunches, taking first-day-of-school pictures — my excitement is tempered with thoughts of the 20 students and six educators killed almost four years ago in Newtown, Conn. My son starts first grade at our local elementary school this year. My son is the […]

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Szeliga sticks to her guns in opposing stricter firearms laws

August 6

(Josh Hicks, Washington Post) Maryland Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga (R) is declining to support stricter firearms laws, despite meeting with gun control activists last week and strong backing for such measures from voters in the state. Szeliga, the state’s House minority whip, didn’t budge from her position on the subject when she met Thursday with […]

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Supreme Court leaves state assault weapons bans in place

June 21

The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws that were passed in response to another […]

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