Tag: gun control

This Week in Research: Gun Control and Surgery Mistakes



Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ve gotta admit that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is good at what it does:  tenaciously defending Americans’ right to own guns (and lots of them). That’s because the NRA is the model of a successful advocacy association, according to Goucher College political scientist Nina Kasniunas.

Sheppard Pratt Child Psychiatrist Answers Questions About Adam Lanza, Childhood Mental Health and more



Even before the tears dry and the innocent are laid to rest, the questions come. Why did this terrible tragedy take place? Could anyone have prevented it? And how do we comfort our own children? For answers to these and related questions provoked by this week’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults, BaltimoreFishbowl turned to Michael Bogrov, M.D., the chief child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

BFB: From news reports, a fragmented profile of the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, has emerged. We know he had Asperger’s, a high-functioning form of autism, and was considered “troubled,” though the precise nature of his mental state is unclear. What is clear is that he lived a fairly isolated life. Social isolation seems to be a huge risk factor at play in several recent shooting rampages or attempts by young adults. Could you speak to that?    

Dr. Bogrov: Not only is social isolation one of the most significant risk factors, but it is one that people can do something about. People need to have some way of getting feedback about how they’re thinking. If someone is angry or feeling aggrieved, and no one is around as a sounding board, then that anger can escalate without anybody monitoring it. 

We Interrupt Your Regular Holiday Programming to Bring You This Message


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Five days after the Newtown, CT, shooting, Marion Winik shares a proposal, a petition, and a poem…

It is beyond me to finish the end-of-year column I was working on this week, which is feather-light and silly and which I will try to get back to next time. Like everyone else, I am filled with grief and rage for people of Newtown and the concentric circles of family and friends that ripple out, by six or 60 degrees of separation, to touch every one of us.

General Assembly to Take On Gun Control in 2013


Opening of the State of Maryland legislature Annapolis, Md

In response to the question Rob Heubeck posed in the headline to his article, “As Another Shooting Tragedy Occurs, Are We Growing Numb?”, put me down for a “Maybe not.” I have my anecdotal experience — namely that the number of rants I see on Facebook calling for overhauls of our country’s mental health services and gun access laws is much greater than what I saw in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting or either Wisconsin shooting. Not to mention the White House released a statement yesterday promising to address gun control in the coming weeks.

Get Rid of Them: Baltimore Gun Buyback Packs a Grieving Crowd



A gun buyback on Saturday in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood of Baltimore had been planned well in advance of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut, shooting Friday, but organizers said news of the mass shooting helped pack even more conscientious support. All in all, 461 guns were handed off to Baltimore police by hundreds of local residents, according to The Baltimore Sun. Each received a $100 gift card for use at buyback sponsor Klein’s ShopRite supermarkets.

This Week in Research: Scalped Tickets and Illegal Firearms


Ticket scalpers are widely considered to be bad guys, driving up prices and taking profits away from promoters who feel entitled to them — about $3 billion worth, in fact. But according to recent research out of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, the ticket resale market might actually be a good thing for promoters, entertainers, and consumers alike.

It’s About to Get a Lot Easier to Get a Concealed Carry License in Maryland


Just as the national conversation has once again turned to gun control in the aftermath of the tragic Aurora, Colorado shooting, Federal District Judge Benson E. Legg has struck down an obstacle to obtaining a concealed carry license in Maryland. Starting August 7, no longer will concealed carry applicants need to demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to carry a gun, transforming Maryland from a “may issue” state to a “shall issue” one. The second amendment will be all the reason you need.