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Old June 15th, 2019, 02:27 AM #1
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AA County Gun Violence Task Force: Meeting Update

The purpose of this thread is to post information about Anne Arundel's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

The next meeting is Thursday, 20 June at 6:00 in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts 101 College Parkway Arnold, MD 21012 Room 219. If you live or work in Anne Arundel County, you should attend.


Several of us attended the first meeting in May. We saw a group dedicated to dialog and seeking to understand "Gun violence". We also saw a group with representatives or board members from two national gun control groups, a Moms board member appointed their communications lead, and an Annapolis anti-gun group represented.

The County Executive spoke. He owns a gun! He has subsequently called for an "Arms Control Agreement" for Anne Arundel County.

It was pointed out to the Chief of Staff running this Task Force that there were no representatives from MSRPA or MSI.

After our discussion, I spoke with the County Executive about the composition of membership as defined by the Executive Order. We do not believe adding additional members would be prudent at this time. If the task force recommends in their preliminary report that the administration expand the membership, we will consider a formal change at that time.

As I mentioned at the meeting, I am also happy to serve as your conduit to bring information to the group. You are certainly welcome to attend all meetings and submit resources and testimony.



The agenda is clear. This group is only slightly focused on suicides (>60% of "gun violence") or drug/gang issues (>30%). They want to control what guns you buy, how you store them, and where you take them. They want to confiscate guns. Anne Arundel's Red Flag law was repeatedly praised. It was noted that AACO leads the state in confiscations.

The task force is chaired by a local bishop whose son was killed in a drug-related shooting. The vice-chairs are widows from the Capital shooting.

The Capital has entered this debate heavily on the anti-gun side. Gun owners are "crackpots". We must stand ready to counter their reporting.


Your presence will be important to witness this Task Farce. We have been promised there will be public testimony. We must own any public testimony.

I'm very aware that the final report is likely already written. Nevertheless, I do not want to make it easy for them.
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Old June 15th, 2019, 02:39 AM #2
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I'm also thinking the meetings may need some signs.



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I will try to be there.

Here's the county website for the task force, it lists future meeting dates: https://www.aacounty.org/boards-and-...rce/index.html
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Good info on the website! The meetings will be changing location, but always the third Thursday, 6-8.

The minutes from the 16 May meeting are here: https://www.aacounty.org/boards-and-...s/20190516.pdf.


Look at the makeup of the "citizen" members:

Bishop Charles Carroll, Chair

Andrea Chamblee, Vice Chair - Widow of Capital reporter

Maria Hiaasen, Vice Chair - Widow of Capital reporter

Jamie Benoit, former County Councilmember, District 4 (2006 - 2014)

Dawn Stoltzfus, communications professional and member of Moms Demand Action

Victoria Bayless, President & CEO, Anne Arundel Medical Center

Sue Ward, Vice President for Operations, Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Mackenzie Boughey, Anne Arundel County student; March for Our Lives organizer

Bob Bates, former member, Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence

Jennifer Sowers, Director of the Anne Arundel County Parent Coalition

Elizabeth Ruddy, Anne Arundel County Public Schools teacher

Iris Krasnow, author and columnist at The Capital - Board Member, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Sergeant James Spearman, retired Annapolis Police officer, member of the Caucus of African-American Leaders

Jackie Allsup, Anne Arundel County NAACP

Alba Reyes, Hispanic community leader - Insurance agent

Elizabeth Banach, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence

Stacy Korbelak, Professor - Democrat Central Committee member

Chris Moore, Citizen - Program Director for Information and Assistance, Anne Arundel Department of Aging
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Good info on the website! The meetings will be changing location, but always the third Thursday, 6-8.

The minutes from the 16 May meeting are here: https://www.aacounty.org/boards-and-...s/20190516.pdf.


Look at the makeup of the "citizen" members:

Bishop Charles Carroll, Chair

Andrea Chamblee, Vice Chair - Widow of Capital reporter

Maria Hiaasen, Vice Chair - Widow of Capital reporter

Jamie Benoit, former County Councilmember, District 4 (2006 - 2014)

Dawn Stoltzfus, communications professional and member of Moms Demand Action

Victoria Bayless, President & CEO, Anne Arundel Medical Center

Sue Ward, Vice President for Operations, Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Mackenzie Boughey, Anne Arundel County student; March for Our Lives organizer

Bob Bates, former member, Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence

Jennifer Sowers, Director of the Anne Arundel County Parent Coalition

Elizabeth Ruddy, Anne Arundel County Public Schools teacher

Iris Krasnow, author and columnist at The Capital - Board Member, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Sergeant James Spearman, retired Annapolis Police officer, member of the Caucus of African-American Leaders

Jackie Allsup, Anne Arundel County NAACP

Alba Reyes, Hispanic community leader - Insurance agent

Elizabeth Banach, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence

Stacy Korbelak, Professor - Democrat Central Committee member

Chris Moore, Citizen - Program Director for Information and Assistance, Anne Arundel Department of Aging
IMHO Everyone on the board wants to take away the rights of the people of Maryland to defend themselves and their family while out of the home. They want to "remove" any and ALL Guns from the law abiding citizens of Maryland and I would not be surprised that they wrote the final report before the first meeting saying ,in a nutshell, use any and all means legal and mabe semi legal as well to remove firearms from the people of MD. End of story..
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That summary is just about it.
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I reviewed the list of people and I have to concluded there is no one there with any research expertise that would allow the facts to be presented. What you have is a bunch of anti-gun people who have an opinion most likely not based in fact, and when presented with facts will not change their opinion.
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I reviewed the list of people and I have to concluded there is no one there with any research expertise that would allow the facts to be presented. What you have is a bunch of anti-gun people who have an opinion most likely not based in fact, and when presented with facts will not change their opinion.
And, in other news, water is wet....

The whole purpose of the TF is anti-2A virtue signalling by Pittman.
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The group discussed educating the public using statistics and the need to change the tone of discussion. Creating a unified statement of what we are doing was
recommended.

One member noted that 90% agrees with us and it isnít worth the time to engage the other 10% and suggested the Dawn Stoltzfus write a statement/policy. Dawn agreed that how we talk is important and to include responsible gun owners. There was a reference
to the recent AACo polling on gun safety.
This is the equivalent of having a bunch of slave owners forming a committee to determine the rights of slaves.
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