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Old July 21, 2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Today's letter to the Governor of MD:

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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Old July 21, 2014, 03:29 PM   #2
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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!
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Old July 21, 2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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Ha, I see your point. I forwarded the letter to a coworker with the subject "look how I wasted today's lunch break"...
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Old July 21, 2014, 04:08 PM   #4
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Nice letter. It doesn't matter what you predict the outcome to be; what matters is that you expressed your point of view.
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Old July 21, 2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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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...
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Old July 21, 2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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Good letter however remember a major rule of PR. Remember your audience.......


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