Hundreds head to Annapolis to testify for and against a package of bills that would tighten gun regulations in Maryland.
Gun control supporters and opponents descended on a hearing room in Annapolis to debate a package of bills that is likely to be as divisive as any issue during the 90-day General Assembly session. Gov. Martin O'Malley said his legislation was driven by the shootings in Newtown, CT. and more than 500 shooting deaths in Maryland last year. "We are still losing too many of our citizens to gun violence," O'Malley said. "There's no such thing in our state as a spare American." Hundreds gathered outside the State House Wednesday morning, hours before O'Malley was to testify, to rally against the proposed laws. A line of people waiting to testify stretched outside the Senate office building. More than 500 people signed up to testify even though …
A top security official on the installation said students there are well-protected from harm.
- Tim Lemke
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In the wake of a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, a top security official at Fort Meade said that parents should not worry about the safety of students attending schools on the installation. Lt. Col. Darrell Sides, the Provost Marshal for Fort Meade’s Directorate of Emergency Services, said schools on the installation are probably safer than most, due to the presence of the military and two police departments nearby. “There’s absolutely no method that is 100 percent," Sides said. “Someone could break into the gold depository at Fort Knox if they wanted to. However, I think it would be extremely difficult, and I feel like that’s the situation on post.” Sides addressed the security issue in a video posted on Fort Meade…