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Maryland Reacts to Sandy Hook School Shooting

Counties across the state took measures to deal with the Newtown, CT school shooting.

Communities across Maryland have been reeling in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Some residents said they feared dropping their children off at school while others demanded action from legislators.

addressed her students Monday before Prince George's County schools observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, CT.

"Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. And take care of the place," she told students.

In Wheaton, parents reacted to the tragic news and talked about school safety in Montgomery County.

Frances Frost, a contributor to the Local Voices section on Wheaton Patch, wrote in an email: "As a mom of 4, I can't imagine a greater loss for a parent such as a senseless act like this that snatches away innocent lives."

"As for our elementary schools, I feel like my children are relatively safe, although the portables do make me a little nervous," Frost continued. "But I realize that no one can be 100% safe all the time and I pray that every day my children come home safely."

In Anne Arundel County, parents throughout the county dreaded Monday morning.

“I started to tear up and was wailing by the time I got home,” posted reader Wendy Worth Cronin.

Another local reader, Kelly Proctor, wrote, “I drove by the school later and got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes at the sight of the police car at the elementary school.”

Police and schools around the state have also be re-evaluating the safety of students.

On Monday, Howard County school officials reported they would hold staff meetings to review emergency plans at each school, discuss visitor policies and guidelines for reporting suspicious activity, according to a statement from the county. 

Prince George's County police and the Montgomery County Police Department increased police presence in schools, though police have no indication of a threat to any schools. In Montgomery County, police may remain at schools all week.

Prince George's officials also sent school safety reminders to teachers Monday in light of the heroic efforts of Sandy Hook teachers.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson Monday called for tougher gun laws, but a representative of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore said it is too early to discuss stricter gun laws.

TELL US: Maryland already had one school shooting incident earlier this year in Perry Hall. What should legislators and school officials do to prevent another shooting from occurring in the state?

Christine December 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
We live in a country where smoking cigarettes in restaurants has (rightly) been banned, where manufacturers re-call toys if a child is as much as pinched in the finger, certain types of dogs are banned, warning labels appear on basically everything....and yet assault rifles are OK? There should be a way to hold gun owners or manufacturers responsible for what damage is done with their guns.
Thomas December 21, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Violent, deranged people trying to take the lives of others cannot be killed with kindness Christine. The government does not care if you die and it sounds like you don't care either.
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Sorry Christopher, you are wrong. The Bushmaster AR-15 used in these muders of children is a semi-automatic assault weapon. Go look it up on the ATF website if you like. The fact that the round fired is a similar diameter cartridge of your .22 rifle, this assault rifle and bullet isn't your every day .22. The round is longer and has a 3000+ feet per second velocity. It is a maiming and killing machine when paired with a 90 round magazine. The proof are the 27 dead with 3-11 rounds in each of them. You don't know what you are writing about.
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 08:34 AM
But this dip wad and those before him going back to Columbine don't use bombs do they?
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Here is how it was finished for 20 first graders and seven adults. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5XzQ1BS7gU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dm5XzQ1BS7gU
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM
It appears some scrubbing of the comments has occurred. Many are gone.
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Smoking cigarettes is not a constitutional right. Look, we place reasonable limits on gun ownership. All the hand wringing about "semi-automatic' wepons is ridiculous. Most modern wepons are semi-automatic. This is because they are more efficient and easier to use. Banning certain types of wepons will not prevent tragedies like this, at best, it could reduce the number of people killed or wounded. Focusing on mental health and keeping guns out of the Hands of people with mental illness can help prevent these shooting from occurring at all.
Sanchez December 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
What would all you overreacting overreaching anti civil rights idiots say when you learn that Lanza did not use an "assault weapon" but used only handguns? His AR 15 was found in the trunk of his mothers car he stole. So reports Pete Williams of NBC News. "NBC’s Pete Williams reported this morning that, according to federal and state officials, there were four handguns found at the scene of the Connecticut school shooting, instead of two as previously thought. Adam Lanza also had an assault-style rifle that he reportedly left in his car." http://www.mediaite.com/tv/reports-lanza-attempted-to-buy-rifle-days-before-shooting-was-denied/ That does not change one thing for you people does it? Not one thing changes even though your entire premise has been blown up in your faces. Get a grip potential civil rights deniers. Get a grip.
Dawn Sylvester December 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The sad fact is that 26 people are dead ... 20 of them just babies. I don't care what type of gun was used -- it should never have happened!! Sounds to me like you shouldn't be allowed to have a firearm as well, if all it takes to rile you up and have you calling people idiots on a public forum ... just because they believe in tougher laws to protect innocent people.
1ke December 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Thanks, Sanchez, for all that you do on the ground to protect the Republic and the civil liberties for which our forefathers fought.
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Give a link. Latest from the Medical Examiner was that they were all shot with the AR-15.
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Here is what the Connecticut State Police have to say. Perhaps you should retract your post? http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/18/us/connecticut-lanza-guns/index.html
1ke December 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
After conferring with Denise and having read of my recent realization of the need to prep for the NWO, Sanchez sends me this link: http://huff.to/Ud9pl2 Wake up, sheeple! Before it's too late.
Honeygo Hal December 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
As noted above, the AR-15 was the weapon used for the killings. Sanchez may take this opportunity to slam NBC News as unreliable (lets him transfer the blame for his error), but I have learned over many years that any and all reports released while the event is occurring or just after are very likely to be inaccurate - be it mass killings, tsunamis, hurricanes, blizzards, whatever. Every news outlet wants to be first out with breaking news and sometimes they release whatever they hear without verification. Brian Ross of ABC has gotten caught by this on several occasions. To his main point: This country is a democracy, and if the majority stands up for a change in the gun laws, it will be the law - Even if the 2nd Amendment requires changes. Note I said changes, not repeal. I think having a 2nd Amendment is vital, but the current 18th century document needs to be updated for the 21st century.
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Hey, it's the FBIs numbers. As usual when you don't like the facts, you attack the source. I doubt you even read it.
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Why is it we always disproportionately blame inanimate objects for the actions that people take?
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Chris, the key to your point is "disproportionately". We each have a different measure of proportion. I believe semi-automatic weapons have a primary purpose which is to kill people, some much more effective at that than others. Can they be used for other things, of course. I believe Honeygo Hal is right. The 2nd amendment has been mangled by the current SCOTUS. It described a situation that is now over 200 years old and I believe the writers did not realize what was going to happen with "arms". In my opinion, the amendment as designed is no longer meaningful and was not originally intended for your personal protection. You disagree. The current makeup of the SCOTUS disagrees. That very well might change over the next 4 years. There is no doubt the framers of the constitution in the period in which they lived wanted to prevent an invading army from taking over our country, thus the reason for the phrase that starts the amendment, "A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state". They had no clue what technology would bring at the time they wrote that amendment. No one did. We will never agree on this. But I bet we will agree that school, mall, etc. mass shootings will continue to occur and occur and we are not done burying people.
scott morton December 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I have no opinion of the gun debate but anyone out there want to make a difference and really prevent future child murders? Become a foster parent, Big Brother or donate time or money to a charity that deals in these issues. Lets face it, our children are more likely to die from abuse, mis-treatment or neglect, usually from their caregivers, than from a mass murderer with a semiautomatic rifle. In most cases for these kids, school is the safest place to be. How sad.
Brook Hubbard December 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
"There is no doubt the framers of the constitution in the period in which they lived wanted to prevent an invading army from taking over our country, thus the reason for the phrase that starts the amendment..." Incorrect. The phrasing was not to protect from an invading army, but to protect from a tyrannical government. In other words, the States (as individual "countries") when unified did not want another King taking over and thus mandated that the people of the state be allowed to be armed should they need to rise up in such a case. Certainly anachronistic, but understandable and relevant to some today. Now, that was RAW (rule-as-written) but there is also RAI (rule-as-intended). Where did the Second Amendment come from? What laws were used as a basis? A key basis was old English laws focusing on allowing individuals to arm themselves (at the time with melee weaponry and occasional archaic firearms), for both hunting and protection. There were no such things as police to protect individual families or small communities; it was up to the citizens to do this. Thus, the Second Amendment stemmed from an individual's right to do what authorities could not: constantly protect themselves, their families, and their property. The Supreme Court recognized this in recent cases, using it as the basis for their decisions on whether the Second Amendment was an individual right or a militia's right.
Corbin Dallas Multipass December 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I totally agree with scott morton.
Sanchez December 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
From one who wants to be POTUS. "In the interview, Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose, but, while discussing assault weapons, he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.” Cuomo, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, birds of a feather.
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I am surprised that the editors are allowing Sanchez to copypasta his spam on every thread? Editors?
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 05:30 PM
FIFA, I understand that you have very strong feelings on the subject and respect your opinion; however, I feel it is based on a misconception. The primary purpose of all guns is to kill, of that there is no doubt. But semi-automatic wepons are simply a more modern and efficient design. That's it. We have more than just the words of the second amendment to understand what the founders were thinking about in regards to the right to bear arms. I think they knew exactly what they were doing. The founders distrusted centralized government and especially standing armies. They felt that citizens should have the means to protect themselves from their own government if necessary. See the quotes below for some insight. "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." - James Madison "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them." - Richard Henry Lee
FIFA December 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Actually Brook as I read Madison's papers it is both in my opinioin. Regarding the SCOTUS Heller decision, I expected it as I have expected most decisions coming from this court. I think I have predicted at least 95% correctly. Roberts surprised me on ACA. I hold out hope that make-up will significantly change over the next 12 years, time will tell. I believe they (5-4 mind you) decided wrongly, but I don't get one of those votes. Chris, I do have strong feelings and after hearing the head of the NRA suggest we arm the country today, I am even more concerned. I can't imagine the terror that went through those children waiting to be killed. But as I said, minds change very slowly. We have staked out our positions.
Sanchez December 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Cuomo, Hitler, Stalin, Mao AND Fifi, birds of a feather.
dexter December 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Yeah Steve - It is absolutely better to let the killer go about his business and kill people unopposed. Gosh, if someone had been carrying a gun imagine the horrific scene... oh wait... oh oh, I just thought of another possibility - what if the do-gooder ccw holder gets confused and starts shooting wildly and thinks the kids are the shooters, the whole thing could go totally wrong and turn out to be a tragedy.
proveit December 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
produce one living breathing witness to the events, then tell me Lanza acted alone. No wounded?, Professional job. Who wittnessed Lanza killing his mother? You all accept the gov. MSM story for everything. Try some critical thinking.
dexter December 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The Homicide rate is the lowest in over 20 years and long term has been in decline since the 1800's. This at a time when gun purchases and ownership is higher than ever. If guns are the problem, why isn't the problem getting worse?
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Oh good. The tin foil hat crowd has arrived.
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM
FIFA, from our friends a Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle So the term assault weapon really means nothing.

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