A 38-year-old Laurel man, Jarrod W. Ramos, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in their deaths.
The Senate resolution cites the history of the Capital Gazette — which dates back to 1727 — as one of the oldest newspapers in the United States. It also honors the institution of journalism as a cornerstone of American democracy.
The resolution states that “journalism is a cornerstone of the democratic society of the United States” and that local news outlets including the Capital Gazette “are focused on delivering truthful and thorough reporting, local investigation, and community advocacy” and “are unfettered by individuals or groups who seek to damage journalistic integrity by demonizing the media, spreading disinformation, and harassing and intimidating dedicated journalists.”
The resolution also honors the first responders who raced to the scene. The fact that Anne Arundel County police officers were near the office at the time of the shooting “most definitely saved lives,” Cardin said.
Both lawmakers praised the surviving staff for reporting on their own tragedy and putting out a newspaper the following day.
“This was known as grace under pressure,” Cardin said.
The Democratic senators also used the introduction of the resolution to call for increased gun control, asking their colleagues to pass legislation that would further monitor and restrict firearms purchases.
The Senate resolution comes a day after the U.S. Congress observed a moment of silence for the victims.