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Maryland’s Highest Court Promotes Anti-Gun, Pro-Criminal Agenda

Jesse Jackson, busy with the Zimmerman case, has no time to visit one of America’s black murder capitals. More: Arkansas Town Arming Teachers

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Howard Nemerov

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July 13, 2013 - 1:29 pm

In 2010, Maryland’s Court of Appeals ruled that residents need a state permit to take a gun outside the home, upholding the conviction of a man who committed no other “crime” than publicly possessing a firearm.

This week, the same court voided a five-year mandatory, no-parole sentence for gun possession by a convicted felon. When the defendant was convicted of “drug distribution,” the same jury also found him guilty of being a felon in possession, and the judge added the five-year sentence. Maryland’s Court of Appeals voided the felon-in-possession enhancement and ordered re-sentencing because, according to Maryland law, the defendant’s non-violent earlier conviction enabled him to qualify for a more lenient ruling.

The felon in possession was arrested for crimes committed in Baltimore. This ruling means a lighter sentence for a drug dealer who has no problem breaking federal law against felons owning guns. Drug dealers often use guns to further their “business.”

City officials decried the ruling, which comes as Baltimore is grappling with a flare-up of gun violence that has left dozens wounded and 23 dead in the past three weeks.

The state of Maryland thinks the law-abiding gun owner is a greater threat than a convicted drug dealer with a firearm.

The potential for enhanced violence aside, what about the racist outcome of gun control? States with the most gun control, like Maryland, have the highest black homicide rates.

Baltimore is no exception. According to FBI Supplementary Homicide data, between the years of 2000 and 2011, black victims accounted for 92% of Baltimore’s murder victims. Worse, this percentage has held steady and appears to be increasing in recent years.

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Jesse Jackson has time to travel to Baltimore to rail against a youth detention center, but he apparently hasn’t held rallies over Baltimore’s high incidence of black homicide. Baltimore is 64% black, and between 2000-2011, 94% of all murder offenders were black, and that portion may be increasing over time.

Balt graph 2

But that leaves Jackson plenty of time fly to Florida to protest against white Hispanics.

More: Arkansas Town Arming Teachers

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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Thank you, Mr. Western. I have reviewed your comments at PJM and I don't know what we would do without your insightful comments to keep us on the straight and narrow. I am sure all the research I have previously published regarding the racism of gun control is all for naught, and if only we stopped selling "cheap handguns" to black people all of America's violence would be a thing of the past.
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And the culture in these black neighborhoods is just fine?
1 year ago
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Again, it would seem that leftist liberals consider law abiding American citizens that own firearms a bigger threat to society than a criminal with a stolen gun. Such a complete lack of intelligence and a complete overload of 'feelings'.
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Once again, we have wimpy judges who should not be judges in any court anywhere in the United States.
48 weeks ago
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So who in Maryland will STEP UP and get real and decent CCW laws enacted?
No one, I know. All these so called politicians think the guv'ment will take care of everything! That includes being everywhere at once so that the law abiding citizen can be safe! HA, what a joke! Just like this state and most all of the politicians grafting it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
49 weeks ago
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I would love to see a breakdown of the statistics using shades of color.
1 year ago
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anyone who owns a firearms doesnt believe the state can always protect them , thus they are doubters of the ominpotence and omnisciense of the all powerful state and so must be cast into the out darkness, suitably relieved of their wealth of course.
1 year ago
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The Founding Fathers put the Right to Bear Arms at # 2 for a reason. And it wasn't for hunting daer as the governor of nyc rant about. Maryland has a serious problem with its judges.
48 weeks ago
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What this shows is that all democrats, whether judges, or politicians are becoming radicalized! If you are white, conservative, Republican, middle of the road or whatever the cards will be stacked against you! Racial politics is rampant throughout the country, with white and/or Christian always being the underdog! Wake up America before you lose it completely!
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Race-baiters have ZERO interest in the real crime afflicting the Black communities, or elsewhere. Jackson, Sharpton and their professional hustling crews are busy 'organizing' Obama's shock troops.

Be that as it may, the tragedy is that gun control is used as a bludgeon by many in the so called justice system, as they seek little more than social engineering via leftist-driven policies, regardless of the injudicious outcomes!

Simply put, gun control is all about gutting the Second Amendment. Ask those on the court - and elsewhere pushing the same results - if they believe in a 'living breathing' Constitution. If so, then the following comes full circle: http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/13/obama-incs-gun-control-fetish-its-trap-back-doors-commentary-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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Why do those charts have an easily-seen five year periodicity?
1 year ago
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Again, it would seem that leftist liberals consider law abiding American citizens that own firearms a bigger threat to society than a criminal with a stolen gun. Such a complete lack of intelligence and a complete overload of 'feelings'.
1 year ago
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Of course they do. Petty criminals are no threat to their plans to turn American into a communist country.

We are.
1 year ago
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Thank you Mr. Nemerov for your concern about black homicide rates. You are correct, the flood of cheap handguns is not the problem. Entrenched poverty, a criminal justice system biased against people of color, and absurd drug laws are all much bigger problems. I am confident you will address these issues in future posts.
1 year ago
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Bob Beckel (liberal) on Fox News, once again blamed the gun that shoots and murders these innocent citizens. He thinks that if you disarm America and outlaw guns, then problem is fixed. What an idiot.
48 weeks ago
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The drug laws are not the real problem, but the fact that people choose to do drugs. Ever know people who start doing hard drugs? I've been around quite a lot myself. Those drugs warp your mind. People fall into crime and communities are ruined due to the influence of the drugs on the user and others around him. Drugs are objectively "bad."
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Well done! You mention 4 causative factors for the high rates of black homicide, and 3 out of 4 are complete fictions of the left's imaginations!

And the 4th?

The 4th, entrenched poverty, is very real, and is completely the fault of the left's social policies and the ghetto culture. And who created that ghetto culture?

It sure wasn't conservatives!
1 year ago
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But you neglected to mention the most significant problem of all, Bill; the sub-culture of black thuggery and gangsterism. If it weren't for this culture, there wouldn't be any of those straw-men issues you so conveniently blame for the failure of blacks in society.
1 year ago
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Thank you, Mr. Western. I have reviewed your comments at PJM and I don't know what we would do without your insightful comments to keep us on the straight and narrow. I am sure all the research I have previously published regarding the racism of gun control is all for naught, and if only we stopped selling "cheap handguns" to black people all of America's violence would be a thing of the past.
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It appears, Mr. Nemerov, that your sarcasm regarding the sale of "cheap handguns" to black people is lost on some...I wonder how many of the defendants (shooters) in those homicide cases had permits for their weapons? If there is no permit, then by rule the weapon was obtained illegally, correct? How dare they actually obtain possession of a firearm without first obtaining a permit...don't they know that's against the law?

Remember BENGHAZI!
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I'm in Maryland. Where are these cheap handguns of which we speak? I'd consider one, except that the MD State Police's gun-prohibition-through-negligence waiting period for release of sale currently sits at 90 days + (unless you find the rare retailer willing to risk his FFL by actually following MD law and releasing your purchase after 8 days). Gun control works super great in Baltimore.
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And the culture in these black neighborhoods is just fine?
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