Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This week is "Newtown Observance Week" in Howard County.
Howard County has given the people of Newtown a gift—a dogwood tree from Howard County’s “Blossom’s of Hope” program – which government officials called a “gesture of sympathy and solidarity.” The tree was delivered to Newtown recently by a Howard County resident – who wishes to remain anonymous – who grew up in Newtown and attended Sandy Hook Elementary School. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has proclaimed this week “Newtown Observance Week” in Howard County. See related headlines: How You Can Help Make Snowflakes for Newtown Kids Josephine Grace Gay, 7, "Touched the Lives of So Many" Support for Newtown, CT, School Shooting Victims Pours In
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In a Friday morning press conference in Washington DC, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday's Connecticut school shooting weighed on the minds of those that gave their guns to police in Prince George's County.
Prince George's County Police and Laurel Police collected more than 150 guns Saturday during a buyback program in Laurel, The Washington Post reports. Residents handed guns over to law enforcement officials in exchange for gift cards. Though the program was planned before Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, many of those that turned weapons over to police said they didn't want the firearms to fall into the wrong hands, according to the paper. The massacre in Connecticut left 26 students and staff at the school dead, including 20 young children. Two previous gun buyback events in Prince George's County have collected more than 300 guns, police said. Read the full story at The Washington Post.