Baltimore needs the National Guard's help to stop violence

The article “6 shootings within 14 hours leave 4 dead, 2 wounded in Baltimore,” (Sept. 23) along with a similar news-breaking story on TV describing four more shootings, prompt the following question: How much longer is it going to take before meaningful relief comes the city’s way? How much longer do Baltimore City citizens have to wait before the editors of The Baltimore Sun have the courage to call on Gov. Larry Hogan to bring out the National Guard for a three week period in order to get the urban fire of violence that is sweeping the city under control?

Don’t Baltimore lives mean anything to The Baltimore Sun? How long will it be before the career politicians of the Baltimore City Council and Mayor Catherine Pugh have the courage to call on the governor to take action by bringing out the National Guard? Don’t they care about Baltimore lives?

Bringing the National Guard to Baltimore City for at least three weeks would really make a huge difference in quenching the smoldering fire of violence. If Governor Hogan thinks he has to wait for Mayor Pugh to request the National Guard, he is mistaken. The message sent by his refusal to take such action seems to be saying that Baltimore lives do not really matter to him. As for me — Yes, Baltimore lives do matter!

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

The writer is a Democratic candidate for governor in the 2018 primary election

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