Frederick County Senator Ron Young was one of the elected officials who was in Annapolis Friday to support Governor Martin O'Malley's gun control bill, as hundreds lined up to testify.
In an interview with WFMD News he said no one believes the provisions in this bill is going to protect everybody, but you have to start somewhere. He described it better with an example: "As a thousand starfish washed up on a sea, and a little boy went down, he threw one in, and he threw another one in. And a man walked up and said, son you can't save all those starfish. And the little boy said no, but I saved that one! Licensing and being able to hopefully stop straw purchases and things like that will help. It isn't the total answer," said Senator Ron Young, D-District 3.
Frederick County Senator David Brinkley, who voted against the bill, said the legislation will not get rid of guns. He said the issue is keeping weapons away from individuals who are in a crisis mode so they won't have access to them. "Keeping those individuals who have committed crimes off the streets, or not doing that properly, and in fact, on October 11, 2012, Gov. O'Malley was quoted at an awards presentation, in Baltimore City, that when he made an inquiry into the 50 people who had killed individuals in Baltimore, 26 of them were already on supervised probation. So, again, those people were already disqualified for having firearm ownership," said Brinkley.
An amended version of the Governor's gun bill passed the Senate by a 28-19 vote on Thursday. The House is now considering the Senate bill.