From Christopher Boardman:
CRIME CONTROL MEASURES
Recently Sen. Robert Cassilly (Dist. 34) advertised some bills he introduced to help curb crime in Maryland. Below are my comments.
S.B. 159 would increase the penalty for second degree murder from 30 to 40 years in prison. In my opinion this is not necessary because 30 years is already a long time and there may also be other charges that are consecutive or concurrent with the original charge. It is obvious that the recent killing of two deputies by a fugitive spurred Sen. Cassilly to contemplate this change. But supposing the shooter survived, there would be two convictions for second degree murder plus gun charges and perhaps others. What good would Sen. Cassilly’s amendment be?
S.B. 160 would increase the penalties for repeat drunken driving offenses, but there is already a good remedy and that is the breathaliser-ignition bill for convicted drunk drivers that is still bottled up in the House Judicial Proceedings Committee. If you are already convicted of drunken driving, under this bill, you will not be able to start your car until you pass the breathaliser attached to your car’s ignition. Why the chairman of the committee will not report the bill out to the floor, and why House members will not force him to do this through use of a discharge petition, I do not know. But it is a fact that many drunken drivers continue to live and operate in denial and they continue to be a hazard to others on the roads, such as the police officer who was killed by a drunken driver. Why Sen. Cassilly did not mention this remedy, I do not know and you will have to ask him for an answer. It is not acceptable that the penalties simply be increased for repeat offenses when the solution is to keep the driver from operating his vehicle if he cannot pass the breathaliser attached to his own car.
I am calling on members of the Harford County delegation to get this bill released and passed. Delegates Cassilly, Lisanti, McComas, Glass, McDonough, Impallaria, Szeliga, Reilly, and Senators Cassilly, Norman and Jennings, I am talking about you.
Gun Control: It is obvious even to the most blatant gun advocates, that guns are getting into the hands of fugitives, criminals and mental patients where the results are unspeakable tragedies of innocent people getting killed. There are way too many guns in circulation in my opinion, while I do realize some people think there are not enough guns in circulation. If Sheriff Gahler wants to do something that will probably help reduce gun violence, he should sponsor some countywide gun buy-backs to help reduce the numbers of guns that tend to fall into the hands of people who will misuse them. This also includes children who may find guns in their homes; it also would help cut down on family-related shootings.
These are some of my comments about guns and crime legislation. Please note that The Aegis refused to publish any of these comments which are directed at public problems and public remedies. For too long the county has had to live with the prejudices and restrictions of Aegis editors Ted Hendricks and Alan Vought, who fail in the effort to provide a meaningful public discourse about community problems and solutions.
Thank you to The Dagger for publishing this.