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Martin O`Malley on Gun Control

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FactCheck: Yes, ISIL made videos on buying assault weapons

Gov. O'Malley said, "When ISIL does training videos that say the easiest way to get a combat assault weapon in the U.S. is at a gun show, then we should all be waking up. We need comprehensive gun safety legislation and a ban on assault weapons." Is that literally true?

We checked, and it is, according to a CNN article from April 2013: "A video from 2011 has resurfaced showing American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn discussing how easy it is to buy guns in the US & urging fellow radicals to do so. In the video, the California-raised Gadahn said militants should arm themselves for attacks on Western governments. Gadahn says, "You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check. So what are you waiting for?"

O'Malley cited ISIL, and the video was actually made by al Qaeda, but the governor got the basics right. But the video is incorrect: a background check is actually needed.

Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on 2015 ABC/WMUR Dem. debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015

We need more principle, not more polls

Senator Sanders voted against the Brady Bill. Senator Sanders voted to give immunity to gun dealers. Secretary Clinton changes her position on this every election year. What we need on this issue is not more polls. We need more principle. When ISIL does videos that say the easiest way to get a combat assault weapon in the US is at a gun show, we should all be waking up. We need comprehensive gun safety legislation and a ban on assault weapons.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015

Baltimore was safer with my comprehensive gun safety law

Q [to Sen. Sanders]: Would you reverse gun manufacturer immunity that you voted for?

SANDERS: Let's do more than reverse the immunity. I have voted time and again for background checks. I don't know that there's any disagreement here.

O'MALLEY: Oh, yes there is. I think we do need to repeal that immunity that you granted to the gun industry. We have a lot of work to do and we're the only nation on the planet that buries as many of our people from gun violence as we do. SANDERS: I think it's fair to say that Baltimore is not now one of the safest cities in America

O'MALLEY: But it's a lot safer. It's saved a lot of lives along the way, Senator.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa , Nov 14, 2015

Time to work together to crack down on gun manufacturers

I firmly believe that the Democratic Party needs to come together and continue the ongoing crack down on gun manufacturers. And I ask that my opponents, Senator Sanders and former Senator Clinton, to stand with me on this issue. We are fighting for something worth saving. The American Dream is worth saving. It is time to stand up. It is time to join the fight. I am in this to win this.
Source: ABC News on 2015 presidential Democratic hopefuls in Iowa , Oct 25, 2015

The game is rigged in court, against gun victims

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips are here, and their daughter was one of those who lost their lives in Aurora [where a 2012 movie theater shooting killed 12 people]. They went to court, and in this case, you want to talk about a rigged game. A man sold 4,000 rounds of military ammunition to this person that killed their daughter, and he didn't ask where it was going. Not only did the case get thrown out, they were slapped with $200,000 in fees because of the way the NRA gets its way in Congress. It's time to pass comprehensive gun safety legislation.
Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015

A critic of the National Rifle Association

O'Malley "is a critic of the National Rifle Association and proponent of gun control measures. As governor of the Old Line State, he pushed for and signed sweeping gun control legislation, banning 45 types of assault weapons, limiting magazine clips to ten bullets and requiring anyone purchasing a handgun to enter a fingerprint database," PBS reports.
Source: Rolling Stone magazine on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 18, 2015

Ban assault weapons, limit clip size, & require fingerprints

O'Malley would increase gun control; ban dozens of assault weapons; limit the size of gun magazines; an require fingerprints to buy a handgun.

The Democrat is a critic of the National Rifle Association and proponent of gun control measures. As governor of the Old Line State, he pushed for and signed sweeping gun control legislation, banning 45 types of assault weapons, limiting magazine clips to ten bullets and requiring anyone purchasing a handgun to enter a fingerprint database.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 30, 2015

Further toughen the enforcement of our gun laws

We are taking our streets and neighborhoods back from violent crime. But better is not good enough. Since 2007, we have reduced murders in our state by 23%. The spate of homicides early this year reminds us of the urgency of work yet done. Better isn't good enough. Thirty-one kids were the victims of homicides in 2010. According to the State Police, this is the lowest number of juvenile victims on record. But how do we explain to the families and friends of those 31 kids that we consider this a statewide accomplishment? Two years ago, you took guns away from domestic abusers.

This year, I need your help to further toughen the enforcement of our gun laws. And while nobody believes we should criminalize poverty, there are things we can do--must do--to bring Maryland in line with what every other state does and expects when it comes to preventing the willful neglect of a child.

Source: 2011 Maryland State of the State Address , Feb 3, 2011

Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology.

O`Malley adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Make America the “Safest Big Country” in the World
After climbing relentlessly for three decades, crime rates started to fall in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the public remains deeply concerned about the prevalence of gun violence, especially among juveniles, and Americans still avoid public spaces like downtown retail areas, parks, and even sports facilities.

We need to keep policing “smart” and community-friendly, prohibiting unjust and counterproductive tactics such as racial profiling; focus on preventing as well as punishing crime; pay attention to what happens to inmates and their families after sentencing; use mandatory testing and treatment to break the cycle of drugs and crime; and enforce and strengthen laws against unsafe or illegal guns. Moreover, we need a renewed commitment to equal justice for all, and we must reject a false choice between justice and safety.

Technology can help in many areas: giving police more information on criminal suspects so they do not rely on slipshod, random stop-and-search methods; allowing lower-cost supervision of people on probation or parole; and making it possible to disable and/or trace guns used by unauthorized persons.

Above all, we need to remember that public safety is the ultimate goal of crime policy. Until Americans feel safe enough to walk their neighborhood streets, enjoy public spaces, and send their children to school without fear of violence, we have not achieved public safety.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC11 on Aug 1, 2000

Supports restrictions on the right to bear arms.

O`Malley supports the CC survey question on right to bear arms

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q10 on Aug 11, 2010

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