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Five people died in Annapolis on June 28. Five of our friends and colleagues were shot to death. We promised we would ask every elected official, every candidate for public office and every person who wants to lead Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland and this nation a simple question:

How do we prevent the next mass shooting?

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Read their responses here.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown visited The Capital newsroom Monday to discuss his gun control bills and offer his thoughts on county issues and the Super Bowl.

Meaningful work requires one to embrace responsibilities. Having responsibilities in one’s life adds purpose. Having purpose in one’s life adds value to one’s life.

Mass shootings are becoming too commonplace, but when it happens in your own backyard, it becomes personal.  We were left asking how this happened.

Thank you for the opportunity to address your concerns regarding gun-violence in our community.  Even before this terrible pandemic touched our community in the Great Mills School shooting and the Capital Gazette shooting.

I want us to know if we have more frequent use of guns in crimes. I want to know if we have more fatal outcomes when a shooting occurs. I want to know about the mental health relationship so often mentioned. I am going to ask the police chief to create a annual report of those numbers.

I’ve been to many different forums with Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes where people have asked him “Chief, what is it that keeps you up at night?” His response is always “active shooters.” The chief’s nightmare is well placed.

Nearby states have formed a coalition against gun violence. New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut and Puerto Rico are working to enhance cooperation in order to stem the flow of illegal guns used to commit violent crime. Gov. Larry Hogan has declined to have Maryland join.

There are several ways we can strengthen our existing laws but our first step is we need to declare gun violence a health crisis because this act not only commits us to finding solutions but also creates access to resources and to educational programs in the schools.

Capital editor Rick Hutzell asked me if I would consider writing a piece related to guns and the domestic terror attack that took the lives of five Capital employees.

America is great in many ways, but not in the way that we fail to shield our families and community from gun-related violence.

What if we made improvements in our society that would reverse the trend we see in America’s youth of increasing incidents of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and violent behavior? An individual who is fulfilled, who has meaningful relationships will likely never be the next mass shooter.

It's time for the NRA to stop lobbying for the gun industry and return to its roots as a public safety and sporting organization.

County government can play two very important roles in preventing future tragedies.

Faced with gun violence in our backyard, I began to ponder whether I had appropriately balanced my votes on gun control legislation, whether as a House Judiciary Committee member or on the floor of the House of Delegates.

Candidates and elected officials, local and federal, have offered their ideas for reducing gun violence, ranging from mental health initiatives to further restrictions on gun ownership to “hardening” soft targets like schools and public facilities. Many deserve further consideration.

My deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of this shooting at Capital Gazette, as well as the co-workers of these five individuals.  It’s a tragedy beyond the written or spoken word but felt in our souls as we try to comprehend the magnitude of their absence.

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Baltimore County, visited The Capital's office to talk about gun violence. He pushed for universal background checks and greater funding for mental health services.

Congressman Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, visited The Capital's offices Monday to talk about gun violence issues. He advocated for universal background checks and stronger laws allowing police to seize the weapons of potentially dangerous individuals.

As your state senator, I will support complete background checks for every gun purchase, tougher gun laws and safer schools.

We have asked those who lead us and those who would take their place in November to answer a question that with regularity seems more like a matter of life and death. How do we prevent the next mass shooting?

Brian Frosh: Our work in state government to address the scourge of gun violence should be focused on honoring the memory of the victims of gun violence through action.

At a recent matinee with my kids, my son leaned over as the movie was starting and whispered, “Mom, don’t forget to look for the exits, just in case there’s a shooter and we have to escape.” I froze as I realized that seeking an escape route in public places is “normal” for kids today.

When a gunman entered the Capital Gazette offices on June 28 and murdered five individuals, he did not act alone.  He was aided and abetted by a flawed system in this country.

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said lawmakers who don't support and pass gun control laws are grossly negligent. Van Hollen is advocating for universal background checks, increasing access to mental health services and banning semi-automatic weapons.

We can and we must find ways to curb gun violence. Stifling conversation and research by declaring a violation of Second Amendment rights will not take us forward and we cannot stand still.

I attended a meeting of the Caucus of African American Leaders. The Convener, Carl Snowden, challenged all candidates to answer this question: “What can be done to curb gun violence?”

Many of us have become increasingly active, pushing lawmakers to protect our communities, but feel helpless in the absence of concrete action regarding gun violence. This cannot be a new normal. I will not accept that.

Today, from the perspective of a group of people who have been through this, Capital Gazette offers what we have learned. Some of these things may not help avert another death. But they seem important to us.

How can a person with prior contacts with the criminal courts or mental health system lawfully purchase or possess a firearm? What can we do to prevent gun violence?

As a state delegate, I will sponsor and support legislation to establish a domestic offender registry. Persons listed on the registry will be prohibited from receiving, purchasing, and owning a firearm; including long guns.

We have now documented enough over several years to note common indicators of the danger at hand and must make an effort to stop many from happening.  

There is no purpose for someone to have a weapon like a 3D-printed gun for self-protection or hunting. This will be one of the first issues that the House of Delegates will take up in the 2019 legislative session.

The survivors of the shooting at The Capital have made a request. They want candidates for office in this fall’s election to answer this question: “How do we make Annapolis the last mass shooting in America?”  I am running for county executive. My answer starts here in our county.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and his Republican opponent Tony Campbell discuss national gun control issues.

As a Libertarian Party candidate for Congress, I believe that we need to pursue a multi-prong approach that addresses gun sales, mental health, school safety, law enforcement, and urban homicide. 

I am grateful The Capital is asking every elected leader and candidate to address what we can do to help prevent incidents of mass violence. I believe that, as county executive, this role provides a unique opportunity to address this serious issue.

Common sense efforts to reduce gun violence must also coincide with comprehensive reforms that recognize until we start to treat gun violence like a public health crisis, we are condemning future generations to unspeakable tragedies.

On June 28, the Annapolis community, the Capital Gazette, and most importantly the lives of five victims and their families were shattered by an act of unthinkable violence. The Capital’s editorial board is right to publicly call for solutions.

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