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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.......


Omalleys line in the sand was sb281 and that's long since drawn
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Old July 24, 2014, 10:11 PM   #7
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Old July 24, 2014, 10:12 PM   #8
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I think they missed my point entirely...
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Old July 24, 2014, 11:13 PM   #9
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BootBuckle - they probably got your "intent" but, realizing the political climate there, they most likely think that you are just "spitting into the wind".
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Old July 24, 2014, 11:41 PM   #10
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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."
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Old July 25, 2014, 06:55 AM   #11
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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.
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Old July 25, 2014, 08:12 AM   #12
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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.
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Old July 25, 2014, 11:15 AM   #13
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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.

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Old July 25, 2014, 11:21 AM   #14
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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,

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Old July 25, 2014, 11:28 AM   #15
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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.
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Old July 25, 2014, 11:51 AM   #16
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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/
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Old July 25, 2014, 02:13 PM   #17
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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.
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Old July 25, 2014, 04:13 PM   #18
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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.
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Old July 25, 2014, 04:42 PM   #19
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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!
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Old July 27, 2014, 10:34 AM   #20
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Strategic Withdrawl

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 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. 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.

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Politics
poli = greek for many
tics = blood sucking parasites

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Old July 27, 2014, 11:15 PM   #21
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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!)
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Might want to send him a follow up note: "Hey Gov, lookey what just happened in DC...!"

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Old July 28, 2014, 07:29 AM   #23
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The real question is "How can something be unconstitutional in DC, but constitutional in MD?".
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Old August 2, 2014, 08:42 PM   #24
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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.

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Old August 11, 2014, 08:38 PM   #25
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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."

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