It’s been seven years since then-Governor Martin O’Malley signed a sweeping package of gun control bills known as the Firearms Safety Act into law, promising that the anti-gun measures would make the state a safer place. In fact, O’Malley didn’t wait to put pen to paper before extolling the virtues of the gun control measures. After the bills passed out of the legislature, the Democrat released a glowing statement of support for the “comprehensive and common sense” legislation.
“With today’s vote, Maryland has chosen to enact a comprehensive, common sense approach to licensing and gun safety, a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and meaningful improvements to mental health treatment and data-sharing – striking a balance between protecting the safety of law enforcement and our children, and respecting the traditions of hunters and law-abiding citizens to purchase handguns for self-protection,” said O’Malley. “We appreciate the hard work of Senate President Miller, Speaker Busch, floor leaders Senator Brian Frosh and Delegate Kathleen Dumais, and members of the General Assembly. Together, with a strong coalition of advocates, and the people of Maryland who overwhelmingly support policies to reduce gun violence, we’ve chosen to take action by advancing the strategies that work to save lives.”
Unfortunately, those saccharine-sweet words of praise for the gun control bills have left a sour taste in the mouths of many residents of Baltimore, Maryland. You see, instead of lives being saved, more lives have been lost. There were 211 homicides in Baltimore in 2014, which was the lowest murder rate the city had seen since the 1970s, but since then the city has gone in the wrong direction. More than 300 homicides were recorded in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and the city’s once again on pace to break the 300 murder mark in 2020 as well.