Today's letter to the Governor of MD:


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BootBuckle
July 21, 2014, 12:55 PM
Governor Martin O'Malley,

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this--as a Maryland constituent, I take great pride in knowing that my opinions and comments will be heard by my local politicians, and I have hope that the change suggested herein can one day be implemented in the great State of Maryland.

I have recently been introduced to the public safety philosophies of Police Chief James Craig of Detroit, and I feel that his philosophies could benefit the law-abiding citizens of Baltimore in the same way they are benefiting the law-abiding citizens of Detroit. Chief Craig has found some success in decreasing gun-related violent crimes in his city by advocating that law-abiding citizens express their right to protect themselves and to protect the life, liberty, and reputation of their city through use of concealed firearms.

I realize that carrying firearms as a self-defense tactic is a taboo subject, especially in a blue state. My goal here is not to disrupt you, nor is it to tell you that the way you perceive the viewpoints of your constituents is incorrect--I merely what to express the fact that Detroit has seen a reduction in violent crime as a result of allowing law-abiding citizens to arm themselves. Trained citizens with clean backgrounds and righteous hearts can be a powerful weapon in the fight for liberty, as has been seen lately in the city of Detroit. The following is a quote from Chief Craig during a recent interview, wherein he describes the aforementioned trend:

"Of late, as you know, there have been a number of incidents involving armed citizens responding to an immediate threat to their life, or what they believe to be a threat to the life of someone else... What I have said, and continue to say, is I believe responsible, good Americans have a right to protect themselves from an immediate threat to their life or to the life of another."

Chief Craig went on to talk about the recent accounts of legally-armed citizens standing up for themselves in the shadow of dangerous, illegally-armed criminals. When asked about inciting vigilantism, he responded as follows:

"This is not about inciting vigilantism, because in my view when you talk about vigilantism, you're talking about someone who has made a decision to do law enforcement's job--go out and enforce the law. This is not that at all. This is about self-defense, protection, an imminent threat to life, a very different response".

Allow the good citizens of Maryland the opportunity to express their right as American Citizens--allow them to protect their homes, their families, and their cities, and watch the reputation of the state and its cities grow while the violent crime is diminished.

Thank you again for taking the time to read the above. Best of luck to you as you finish out your term and to your successor as he brings Maryland into the next chapter of its existence.

-Calvin G. Douglass, PE

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3GunEric
July 21, 2014, 03:29 PM
Not to be negative but just realistic - leave Maryland there will be no turning that place around. I departed lovely Cecil County ten years ago and now live in the free state of West Virginia.

O'Malley and any of the drones that replace him will never take such a well written letter seriously. They will probably just forward it to the state police to put in your file.

Not trying to be a downer just a realist.

Good luck up there!

BootBuckle
July 21, 2014, 03:53 PM
Ha, I see your point. I forwarded the letter to a coworker with the subject "look how I wasted today's lunch break"...

SleazyRider
July 21, 2014, 04:08 PM
Nice letter. It doesn't matter what you predict the outcome to be; what matters is that you expressed your point of view.

BootBuckle
July 21, 2014, 04:41 PM
Yessir. I figure that most MD residents who would love to carry have simply stopped contacting their elected officials due to the state's reputation. I figured that voicing my point of view couldn't hurt, and they may not have seen the argument in a while...

627PCFan
July 21, 2014, 05:43 PM
Good letter however remember a major rule of PR. Remember your audience.......


Omalleys line in the sand was sb281 and that's long since drawn

BootBuckle
July 24, 2014, 10:11 PM
200922

BootBuckle
July 24, 2014, 10:12 PM
I think they missed my point entirely...

JTHunter
July 24, 2014, 11:13 PM
BootBuckle - they probably got your "intent" but, realizing the political climate there, they most likely think that you are just "spitting into the wind".
:banghead:

4banger
July 24, 2014, 11:41 PM
That's what we call a form letter. They skim your letter, toss it in the pile of pro firearm letters, and you get a "We value your opinion, but we do what we want."

hso
July 25, 2014, 06:55 AM
For all the naysayers on the OP's effort I'll remind you that every letter written and sent to a politician counts as the opinion of 100 or more citizens. Enough people send those letters and the politician has to look at whether they need to adjust their position or not. No letter means no concern for whether they need to modify their stance, so keep sending letters and keep getting others to send them and perhaps you'll move the needle just a bit. Do nothing and nothing is what you'll get.

dprice3844444
July 25, 2014, 08:12 AM
you should form letter your letter to all your friends in a word file and let them keep sending it to the governor.they could just add their name/address and print/send.

BootBuckle
July 25, 2014, 11:15 AM
You are all going to hate my perspective on this, but oh well--bring on the ridicule:

Politics is a game. It is an unfair, unjust, and immoral game. "Form letters" are an acceptable (and potentially powerful) weapon in this game, which is why you see them on these forums all the time.

I know that drafting an original letter is equally potent to sending a form letter, and that I'm basically wasting my time writing it. Being said, it is NOT a weapon to be used in the game, but instead, a heartfelt and genuine opinion and concern from a citizen to his representative. My point is not to win this game they call politics, it is to not play in the first place.

To reiterate and summarize my stance, politics today is a sleazy game. We can play the game and do our best to win, or we can stand united and point out that the game is wrong and corrupt, and we can advocate for true representation in an effort to uphold the great American Constitution as it was intended to be interpreted. No games, no bull<deleted>--just fair representation, fair expectations of discipline from the American citizenry, and fair judgement when said discipline isn't adhered to. My $0.02.

HankR
July 25, 2014, 11:21 AM
Bootbuckle,

I feel for you and appreciate what you are doing. I chose the path of 3GunEric and ran away rather than fighting the good fight. I've got my family in a better place, but do realize that if everybody runs away we may run out of places to run to. When I see what's happening on the national level I wonder if we'd have been better off if Eric and I and the many thousands like us over the years had stayed to fight in places like CA, MA, MD, NJ rather than fleeing.

Glad you're doing what you're doing, but glad it's not me!

Be Well,

Hank

hso
July 25, 2014, 11:28 AM
Y'know if you've pulled up stakes it would also help to send letters saying that you're glad to see Beretta abandoned MD like you did and that you hope the employees transition out of MD as well further damaging the state GNP for these pointless and abusive rules.

BootBuckle
July 25, 2014, 11:51 AM
hso has a great point. Those of you who have left MD, please take the time to send O'Malley a letter and let him know why you left. Mentioning Beretta is also a great idea. Letters can be digitally sent to the Governor via the following website:

http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/

SleazyRider
July 25, 2014, 02:13 PM
As a lifelong writer of letters, I firmly believe that one derives the best bang-for-the-buck by writing letters to the editor of a local newspaper and copying their elected representatives. Many newspapers accept e-mailed letters, so copying a politico is just a few additional clicks of the mouse. Letters published in local papers reach thousands of voters, some of whom are influential. Letters to politicians aren't necessarily a waste of time, just not the best investment of time.
So I encourage you, Bootbuckle, to edit your already excellent and thoughtful letter, if necessary, to conform to the editorial guidelines of several newspapers and send them copies. As gun owners, we need to exercise our First Amendment rights as well as our Second.

oneounceload
July 25, 2014, 04:13 PM
You might try submitting it to several local newspapers as a Letter to the Editor to see if it gets printed; then the Governor just might at least have to respond publicly.

SleazyRider
July 25, 2014, 04:42 PM
You might try submitting it to several local newspapers as a Letter to the Editor to see if it gets printed; then the Governor just might at least have to respond publicly.
A great majority of cogent letters-to-the-editor get printed; just follow the (usually) published guidelines for length. If an unlettered lout like myself can get published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and others, just imagine what you can do!

3GunEric
July 27, 2014, 10:34 AM
Some call it "running" away! Not me. Are you going to stay where your vote/voice don't really matter. If you don't live in MD you probably don't get it. Baltimore City, Balt County, Montgomery County :evil: and 1 or 2 others select our state-wide politicians it is simple demographics.

The politicians don't even pretend to care about your opinions. If you have a really nice home and like it then by all means stay put but if you value freedom and want to be free to use those freedoms then you have to move on.

To the best of my knowledge we only live once, so why try to hold an untenable position? For those who say that running is no solution well I would argue that living in a state that openly hostile to you, your values, and all that you hold dear is going to lead to nothing but frustration. :banghead: A quick look at demographics demonstrates the hopelessness of ever turning MD around.

By the way the western portion of Maryland has been talking about breaking away from the rest of the state. They want to call the new state Potomac. Good luck!

I spend much time in a firearm/shooting facility in WV and the discontent and anger from my Maryland shooters is universal.

Holding a hopeless position may gain you glory - the 300 Spartans - but it may also give you a Stalingrad or Little Big Horn as well.

To those who chose to stay - I wish you the best.

I like to study word origins:

Politics
poli = greek for many
tics = blood sucking parasites

JTHunter
July 27, 2014, 11:15 PM
3GunEric said:Politics
poli = greek for many
tics = blood sucking parasites

Good one!!

In that same "vein", you could call most politicians "vampires".
Vamp - trashy people (usu. female)
pires - as in "funeral" pyres (where most politicians belong!) :evil:

Sam1911
July 27, 2014, 11:56 PM
Might want to send him a follow up note: "Hey Gov, lookey what just happened in DC...!"

:)

BootBuckle
July 28, 2014, 07:29 AM
The real question is "How can something be unconstitutional in DC, but constitutional in MD?". :cuss:

skidder
August 2, 2014, 08:42 PM
Governor Martin O'Malley,

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this--as a Maryland constituent, I take great pride in knowing that my opinions and comments will be heard by my local politicians, and I have hope that the change suggested herein can one day be implemented in the great State of Maryland.

I have recently been introduced to the public safety philosophies of Police Chief James Craig of Detroit, and I feel that his philosophies could benefit the law-abiding citizens of Baltimore in the same way they are benefiting the law-abiding citizens of Detroit. Chief Craig has found some success in decreasing gun-related violent crimes in his city by advocating that law-abiding citizens express their right to protect themselves and to protect the life, liberty, and reputation of their city through use of concealed firearms.

I realize that carrying firearms as a self-defense tactic is a taboo subject, especially in a blue state. My goal here is not to disrupt you, nor is it to tell you that the way you perceive the viewpoints of your constituents is incorrect--I merely what to express the fact that Detroit has seen a reduction in violent crime as a result of allowing law-abiding citizens to arm themselves. Trained citizens with clean backgrounds and righteous hearts can be a powerful weapon in the fight for liberty, as has been seen lately in the city of Detroit. The following is a quote from Chief Craig during a recent interview, wherein he describes the aforementioned trend:

"Of late, as you know, there have been a number of incidents involving armed citizens responding to an immediate threat to their life, or what they believe to be a threat to the life of someone else... What I have said, and continue to say, is I believe responsible, good Americans have a right to protect themselves from an immediate threat to their life or to the life of another."

Chief Craig went on to talk about the recent accounts of legally-armed citizens standing up for themselves in the shadow of dangerous, illegally-armed criminals. When asked about inciting vigilantism, he responded as follows:

"This is not about inciting vigilantism, because in my view when you talk about vigilantism, you're talking about someone who has made a decision to do law enforcement's job--go out and enforce the law. This is not that at all. This is about self-defense, protection, an imminent threat to life, a very different response".

Allow the good citizens of Maryland the opportunity to express their right as American Citizens--allow them to protect their homes, their families, and their cities, and watch the reputation of the state and its cities grow while the violent crime is diminished.

Thank you again for taking the time to read the above. Best of luck to you as you finish out your term and to your successor as he brings Maryland into the next chapter of its existence.

-Calvin G. Douglass, PE

I think your whole statement was summed up in a quote from one of our founding fathers: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -- John Adams

How can a person see the value of our second amendment when it wasn't written for them? Common sense and morality are the eyeglasses to read our constitution. Without the ability to see the words, one only gazes upon a blank piece of paper.

Jim K
August 11, 2014, 08:38 PM
I am (still) living in MD, but agree that writing to the Governor is a waste of time. He is a wannabe dictator and plans to run for president as the extreme leftist candidate against Clinton, whom he considers a right winger. Brown will be worse and the next Attorney General is extremely anti-gun and will use all the power of his office to make MD a "gun free" state. And with the gerrymandering the Democrats pushed through, there is no effective opposition. Some may think Hogan has a chance, but a friend of mine disagrees, saying, "If Hogan had any chance of being elected, he would be found floating in Chesapeake Bay with his throat cut."

Jim

MD1775
August 19, 2014, 01:05 PM
To the OP,

I think your letter was well-written with the best intentions. Saying that, I have had the misfortune of knowing the Governor of MD on a personal basis I can say with 100% certainty that in the 1% chance that he reads it..he could absolutely care less. If its not something that's not in his interests it doesn't register. Please don't take what I say unkindly. Its simply the truth.

HankR
August 19, 2014, 01:33 PM
"If Hogan had any chance of being elected, he would be found floating in Chesapeake Bay with his throat cut."

I think that they would still try to make it look like an accident? Probably "floating in the bay with a head injury", or at least a suicide note?

NGIB
August 21, 2014, 11:41 AM
My grown daughter just relocated from MD to GA and is very happy. She took a pay cut but just couldn't stand to live there any longer. I feel a lot like a previous poster that said life is short, why fight a fight you can't win. You absolutely can't beat these folks at the ballot box so the next best weapon is to take away their tax revenue. If enough people and businesses abandon these dictator led nanny states - they will collapse under their own weight...

Deltaboy
August 24, 2014, 09:26 AM
Move and join fellow gun owners in NH or Vermont. Maryland like NJ and NY are lost causes.

Scott7891
December 31, 2014, 02:32 AM
I as a former Marylander left as well. I was tired of my vote not making a difference or having any representation. I also grew up in Montgomery County, the epicenter of Maryland progressivism. It is the most arrogant, narcissistic, intolerant if you are not a lib/democrat place in Maryland. Ever since I was a kid I grew up with <deleted> who screwed with me just because I dared to think differently. It is a model for what the feds want the entire country to be I kid you not. In the entire county that had more people than the entire city of Baltimore I count only 4 gun stores!!! One closed up because of the new law that took place saying he could not take anymore of the hassle. This is also the same state that passed a RAIN TAX. It is essentially another property tax on top of your property tax but more expensive :barf::banghead:

This may sound selfish but I only have this one life to live here on this earth. I want to experience some kind of freedom while I am still fairly young. There are many guns I want to be able to own and try that Maryland took away from me that if I was still there I would never see again.

I wish you the best of luck.

RetiredUSNChief
December 31, 2014, 04:14 AM
First of all, congratulations on making your stance known, and very adroitly too, I might add.

To those who advocate simply moving out...this is a valid choice, but it's not for everybody. And to say that things will never change is to belie the political process in the first place. If such states can never, truly, change, then how did the change to the current state they're currently in now? Illinois residents can surely show great progress. In fact, if you look at EVERY state in the Union, just about, in the last few decades, you'll see tremendous changes which have taken place in our favor.

So to those who chose to stay and take a stand...I say bravo! Make that stand, and be vocal, visible, AND adept at doing so. It DOES matter.

Write your letters...write them well, and write them often. Write them to your Editor, write them to your Governor, write them to your state General Assembly, write them to your U.S. Congressional representatives in the House and Senate. Get others to do likewise, and teach each other how to write clear, intelligent, and concise letters in the process.


My hat's off to you!

Scott7891
December 31, 2014, 10:17 PM
If such states can never, truly, change, then how did the change to the current state they're currently in now?

For Maryland it is easy, urbanization and at an astounding rate.

People in urban environments are generally anti-gun. When that mentality dominates the state whatever views it wants it gets hence why Maryland is the way it is.

Then you have Washington D.C. being a magnet of liberalism, a special smug kind because it is the "capital", that spreads to the suburbs where I grew up that steadily increased in population with the more government jobs being created that attracted a group of people who became government bureaucrats who are naturally subservient to control. An arrogance with a holier-than-thou, I-know-better-than-you attitude. Whereas most of the country suffered and is still recovering from the Great Recession, those same effects did not even register a blip in Maryland again because of the federal government. That further reinforces their arrogance of what they are doing is "right". These people are so far removed from the reality of the rest of the country inside their bubble because of Washington DC it is astounding which is why they can continue to get away with the laws they can.

Plus Maryland had gun control laws on the books even before the Gun Control Act of 1968. It has never repealed a gun law in its entire history.

Hogan (who would be considered a leftist in most of America and said himself he is butting out of 2nd Amendment issues) being elected will be another Ehrlich part 2. He is impotent in a state with a veto-proof majority of Democrats and a hostile attorney general that "nothing will get done" all by Democrat design. The state will elect another Democrat governor in 4 years saying that the Republican governor got "nothing done" and more of the same will resume.

I am just being a realist based on my experiences formerly living in that state.

Crawdad1
January 23, 2015, 01:14 PM
What's with this fingerprinting of handgun owners? Those that apply for a concealed carry permit only or all future handgun purchasers?

BootBuckle
January 23, 2015, 01:15 PM
...all. It's part of the MSP background check process if I'm not mistaking.

Crawdad1
January 23, 2015, 01:16 PM
HQL???

BootBuckle
January 23, 2015, 01:16 PM
Google HQL for info.

Crawdad1
January 23, 2015, 01:21 PM
That's bad, real bad. :cuss: I can see your point in that letter you wrote, not much of a response however.

BootBuckle
January 23, 2015, 01:21 PM
Yep. I'm happy we have some new blood in town. I don't think Hogan is going anywhere near 2A issues though, at least not until he fixes the state finances.

Crawdad1
January 23, 2015, 01:23 PM
At least they grandfathered it in. I'm surprised. I had absolutely no idea Maryland did this, its mostly a rural state.

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