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Guest commentary response: Fallacies galore in DeMarco’s defense of firearms act

August 26th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

G.K. Chesterton once said fallacies do not cease to be fallacies simply because they become fashion. This describes Vinny DeMarco's utterly unoriginal and fallacy laden piece, defending the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. DeMarco thinks if he merely adds the phrase "saves lives" to the end of his assertions that by some alchemy they become fact.


Guest commentary: Md. firearms law is saving lives

August 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence, asked to respond to last week's series on Gun Wars because he felt it did not fully describe the progress made by the Firearms Safety Act passed last year. He says the law is already saving lives and should be a model for other states.


Gun Wars: More gun suicides than murders in U.S., about even in Md.

August 21st, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. A national analysis of 2012 data found 18,602 firearm suicides in 44 states compared with about 9,655 firearm homicides in 49 states. That means at least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides. In Maryland, the numbers appear to be about even based on incomplete data.


Gun Wars: Wicomico Co. sheriff among many who won’t enforce some gun bans

August 20th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Today's story talks to local sheriffs who oppose restrictions on Second Amendment rights. The article leads with Wicomico County, Md. Sheriff Michael Lewis and includes a strong video of Sheriff Lewis's view of guns on the Eastern Shore. There are also comments from Sen. Brian Frosh, the Democratic nominee for attorney general.


State employees making $100K jumped 20% to 6,847 last year

May 13th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

The number of state employees making over $100,000 jumped dramatically to 6,847 in 2013 due to an across-the-board 2% cost-of-living raise, MarylandReporter.com’s fourth annual analysis of state salaries found. Numerically, this represented a 1,184 increase from 2012, a 20% rise in the number of state and university employees making six figures


Every GOP budget cut clobbered by Dems

March 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republican legislators applied their usual persistence in trying to trim the Maryland budget Wednesday and were rewarded with their usual result: Every one of the dozen amendments they offered to reduce spending were defeated by overwhelming Democratic majorities


Dueling bills aim to help illegal immigrants or to punish them

March 12th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

State lawmakers are considering bills that would decide whether local police should help the federal government detain suspected illegal immigrants for deportation. Two delegates from opposite parties are advocating two completely different approaches to address how extensively local law enforcement agencies should cooperate with a federal program that identifies people for deportation as soon as they are arrested



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