MD Dem Sen: We Won’t Stop Gun Control Push Until Death Toll Hits ‘Zero’

Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, speaks during a debate on possible amendments to a gay marriage bill in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Thursday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

On March 9, Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) said he and his colleagues will not quit pushing gun control until they have an annual “death toll of zero” in the state.

He was reacting to Second Amendment supporters who believe the latest gun control push in Maryland is unwarranted, as the state already has very stringent laws in place.

According to CBS Baltimore, Raskin and his colleagues are pushing a gun control measure which will broaden handgun background checks to include all long guns too. Another measure will broaden the state’s list of prohibited gun owners, so that those “convicted of domestic violence surrender their guns to law enforcement or federally licensed gun dealers.”

Second Amendment supporters say the legislation is unneeded and therefore just another limit on law-abiding citizens’ ability to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. Some believe the new gun control is simply being pushed as a way to expand the paper trail for guns under ATF purview.

But senator Raskin made clear that he has no plans to quit pushing the gun control, saying, “We’re going to stop when we get to a death toll of zero in the state of Maryland. That’s when we’re going stop.” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Jennifer Stapleton spoke in the favor of the new gun control, too. She claimed it would decrease the number of guns in the hands of “dangerous people,” thereby leading to “less deaths.”

Stapleton did not say how she and other gun control supporters plan to get street criminals and gang members to undergo background checks before buying the guns they plan to use to carry out their criminal activity.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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