Presidential hopeful Marty O’Malley has amassed a strange record to defend in 2016. He recognizes illegal immigrants as “citizens” and favors gun laws that would make it tougher for law abiding citizens to protect themselves from armed criminals.
The latest example: Edwin Morales of Southeast Washington, a Latino gangbanger, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and related charges March 1 in the killing of David Avelar in College Park Feb. 24.
This raises questions. Is Morales a U.S. citizen? If not, does he have a green card? If not, what is he doing here? If Morales in fact did the shooting, did he use a weapon legally registered to him? Was it an “assault” rifle?
Most importantly, would any of the gun legislation being considered by the Maryland legislature have made one bit of difference in Avelar’s murder? By the way, Morales was on the street in spite of a 2011 warrant for theft of less than $100 and providing a false statement to a police officer.
The answer to the first three questions posed remains unanswered because the Prince George’s County Police Department policy is not to check a federal immigration registry.
Feb. 13, Dayvon Green shot and killed himself after killing a roommate in College Park. The media has declared Green nuts and lawmakers want the mentally ill barred from owning guns.
In that Green was black and the guys he shot were white, has anyone considered hate as a motive rather than mental illness?
So-called assault rifles were not used in either of these attacks. Before legislators go crazy ignoring facts, failing to investigate every motive and allow people on our streets who should not be there, lawmakers ought to consider what they are doing carefully and do no harm.