Baltimore residents should be angry at City Council's failed attempt at crime fighting.
I decided to wait a day and calm down before deciding on whether to write this letter. Basically, what the City Council Judiciary and Legislative Committee did was make the bill they approved worthless. They will, in effect, allow someone to carry a gun provided it was not "in connection with" a crime against a person or property. Question is, why would they be carrying an unauthorized gun if not to commit a crime? Basically, the legislation they propose would offer a "stay out of jail card" to probable criminals ("Baltimore City Council committee guts proposal to create mandatory sentence for gun offenders," July 25).
Opponents stated that the passage of the original bill could "risk returning to harsh crime-control policies of earlier decades." According to Councilman Eric Costello, the committee's chairman, this shows the committee is fighting crime. Basically, it is useless now, but obviously they didn't listen to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis when he listed those receiving short sentences for a conviction in a gun case and then went to to kill someone or be killed themselves.
Councilman Brandon Scott then stated that he would not support the measure until he sees a detailed plan from city leaders for how to fight crime. As a member of the City Council, is he also not a city leader? What are his ideas for a plan? Why not work with Mayor Catherine Pugh in devising a plan? With the shooting and murder rate steadily climbing, it may be time to return to harsh crime control policies.