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Md. GOP says gun shot broke campaign office window

Aaron C. Davis

A gunshot appears to have shattered a glass door to a Maryland Republican Party field office on the Eastern Shore early Tuesday. The office was closed and no one was inside when the incident occurred, according to police and the state Republican party.

Salisbury police discovered what appeared to be run-of-the-mill vandalism early Tuesday when a glass pane in the office's front door was found to be shattered. But when a Republican Party staffer arrived Tuesday morning and opened the door, the worker discovered a bullet inside, said Ryan Mahoney, a party spokesman.

Salisbury police said they were investigating and declined to comment on the type of projectile or its condition.

In a statement, Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott said the act was deeply concerning.

"Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident and the Maryland Republican Party is cooperating with the Salisbury police department to get to the bottom of this very disturbing situation," Scott said. "No motive has been established but whatever the reason may be, it is very troubling that someone would do this to our volunteer field office."

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 25, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections  
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Stop whining, so maybe they were shooting at some squirrels...besides what about the Second Amendment? If you are worried about some whocko shoting out your office windows, what will you think if Md. concealed weapons regs. are repealed and anyone can carry a gun, even into a bar or restaurant? Take that you carzy Redskins, Cowboys, Ravens, or Orioles fans!!

Posted by: VikingRider | August 25, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

@VikingRider, yeah buddy, you and me think alike. But even if the place is full of nuts and the squirrels are eating them, it's still a violation of MD hunting season. I think squirrel season doesn't start until Oct 15th. But I will say, as an O's fan, even a wacko murdering crazy killing machine would still have enough gray matter left to just feel sorry for me. And if he pointed the heater on my brain, I would tell him I'm also a United fan. That would surely save me.

Posted by: johnlclark | August 25, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

@VikingRider, yeah buddy, you and me think alike. But even if the place is full of nuts and the squirrels are eating them, it's still a violation of MD hunting season. I think squirrel season doesn't start until Oct 15th. But I will say, as an O's fan, even a wacko murdering crazy killing machine would still have enough gray matter left to just feel sorry for me. And if he pointed the heater on my brain, I would tell him I'm also a United fan. That would surely save me.

Posted by: johnlclark | August 25, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh...the tolerant left at it again. Stem the red tide send a message NOV 2. Time to save the USA from the left.

Posted by: espnfan | August 26, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"If you are worried about some whocko shoting out your office windows, what will you think if Md. concealed weapons regs. are repealed and anyone can carry a gun"

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Can't you see the flaw in your argument? It's nearly impossible to get a carry permit in MD, YET A CRIMINAL CHOSE TO IGNORE THE LAW.

I live in PA where any law-abiding citizen can get a carry permit after a background check. As far as I know, no one has shop out any party headquarters windows here.

One of the reasons I left MD was that I was sick of the state government denying me the right to defend myself.

FBI Statistics, murder rate per 100,000:

PA: 424
MD: 703
US Average: 469

Remember, MD thinks you're too stupid to carry a gun for self-defense. And look what that attitude gets you: a murder rate WAY above the national average.

Posted by: Hk45 | August 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

A gun in the home is 10x more likely to kill someone who lives in that home then it is to kill an unknown intruder.

and that window was probably shot out by some idiot republican fumbling for the keys to open up who was also carrying a concealed illegal handgun.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 26, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

@MM:

That statistic includes guns brought into the home by the unknown intruder. Even that study's author admits it.

So yeah, if someone you don't know comes into your home with a gun and you don't have one either, you're quite likely to join that skewed statistic. Hope that makes you feel better.

Posted by: jwalter6 | August 26, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

i dont know what particular study you are talking about. The statistic about being shot in your home by one of your own guns being more likely is born out every day in the news and countless studies.

there was a 4 yr old the other day who shot himself playing with a gun in the home.
Kids accidently shoot their friends too.
Then there are the marital spats that end in gun fights.
It's very rare that anyone in the DC area is ever shot by an unknown home invader.

So yeah, keep that gun in your house.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 26, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Uhhh, Marilyn Manson, what do you care about who gets killed in their home by their own gun? Anyone who wants to own one, knowing the risks, should be allowed to own one. The left is SO invested in limiting rights that it brings up non sequitor arguments like this one, and the main stream media repeats it like it's gospel.

YOU may not want to assume the risk in your own home, but there are many others who do and the Constitution gives them the right. You insist on a woman's right to kill her unborn child so be consistent and allow people to decide for themselves if they want to own their own gun.

Posted by: dknight12345 | August 26, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I never said anything about stoping any idiot from keeping a gun in their house to make them "feel" safe.

it seems like any comment about gun safety issues and you get NRA morons crying about gun control and throwing a hissing fit claiming someone is trying to take away their manhood.

I was just providing some honest information to counter the idiot talking about gun ownership keeping people safe.

it doesn't.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Just liberals exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. What's the problem, GOPtards?

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | August 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Leftwingtards go on the offensive to protect one of their own who just shot up a Republican campaign office.

That's so typical.

So, editor, you got the original addresses of these guys ~ be sure to hand them over to the FBI eh.

Posted by: muawiyah | August 26, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected, it's not squirrel hunting season, yet. Perhaps they were doing rodent control and missed? You want to get a permit to keep a handgun in your house for defense, fine, you want to hunt with shotgun or rifle, fine. But don't try to turn back the clock and make it easier for people to take concealed weapons into bars. Guns and alcohol don't mix. Didn't you all watch any of the thousands of TV westerns that inevitably ended up with saloon shootouts and dozens dead? BTW Wyatt Earp belived in gun control, he believed that as the Marshall of Dodge City, he and his deputies were the only ones allowed to carry guns in town.

Posted by: VikingRider | August 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"The overwhelming preponderance of data we have examined shows that between 25 to 75 lives may be saved by a gun for every life lost to a gun."[1]

"Crime and homicide rates are highest in jurisdictions, such as Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, and California, where the most restrictive gun licensing, registration, and prohibition schemes exist. Why are homicide rates lowest in states with loose gun control (North Dakota 1.1, Maine 1.2, South Dakota 1.7, Idaho 1.8, Iowa 2.0, Montana 2.6) and highest in states and the district with draconian gun controls and bans (District of Columbia 80.6, New York 14.2, California 12.7, Illinois 11.3, Maryland 11.7)?"[1]

[1] Guns in the Medical Literature -- A Failure of Peer Review by Edgar A. Suter MD, March 1994 Journal Of The Medical Association Of Georgia, 83(13).
http://rkba.org/research/suter/med-lit.html

Posted by: jonathanashleyii | August 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

MarilynManson wrote,“I was just providing some honest information to counter the idiot talking about gun ownership keeping people safe.
it doesn't.”
Of course it does. In fact, one study found that citizens use firearms for self-defense 2.5 million times annually.
http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/KleckAndGertz1.htm

Another study found that there is no correlation between firearms ownership and crime, and many of the countries with the strictest firearms prohibitions have higher murder rates than nations without such restrictions.
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf
For example, Russia has extreme firearms prohibitions, and yet their murder rate is 14.9 per 100,000. The murder rate in the U.S. is 5.4 per 100,000, and the U.S. murder rate ranks around 36th in the world.
Gun control does not equal murder control.

Furthermore, when my sister lived in Tennessee she advocated gun control, and she stated that she supported a total ban on handguns. When she moved to Atlanta with its high rate of violent crime her views changed, and she got her firearms carry permit, took up shooting as a sport, and became an excellent marksman. In two separate incidents attackers tried to force their way into her car while she was stopped at traffic lights, and both times, she brandished her Glock pistol, and both times the attackers fled.

Posted by: willbill51 | August 26, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

VikingRider wrote, “But don't try to turn back the clock and make it easier for people to take concealed weapons into bars. Guns and alcohol don't mix.”

New Hampshire and Pennsylvania allow firearms to carry firearms in bars and consume alcohol while carrying. Now list for me the cases where those with carry permits have been involved in unjustified shootings.

“Didn't you all watch any of the thousands of TV westerns that inevitably ended up with saloon shootouts and dozens dead?”

Fictional TV shows which are intended to entertain rather than to teach history. According to the Department of Justice, in the year 1900, the days of the “Wild West,” and years before any so-called sensible gun control laws were enacted, the murder rate was 1.2 per 100,000. Today, the murder rate is 5.4 per 100,000.
Obviously, they were doing some things right in the old west, and gun control was not one of them.

“BTW Wyatt Earp belived in gun control, he believed that as the Marshall of Dodge City, he and his deputies were the only ones allowed to carry guns in town.”

Wyatt Earp prohibited the carrying of firearms in town at certain times. If there was a total prohibition, like you claim, than there would not have been a gunfight at the OK Corral.

Posted by: willbill51 | August 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh...the tolerant left at it again. Stem the red tide send a message NOV 2. Time to save the USA from the left.

Posted by: espnfan | August 26, 2010 8:51 AM


Only to end up having to rescue the country from the right again. But next time there will be no Obamas to come clean up your messes and take the blame for them. You embarrased yourselves during the bush years. You will do it again as soon as you get in power. You always do. So I hope the GOP gets back in control of congress and the white house just so you can show us how awful you are at leadership. You won back congress in 1994 and by 1996 you were losing seats again. It happens every time. You win power, screw up, whine and complain about the other party, get back in power and screw up again. Repeat steps 1 through 4.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 26, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"A gun in the home is 10x more likely to kill someone who lives in that home then it is to kill an unknown intruder"

This is complete bull. Name the study that proves this now.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | August 27, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

MarilynManson is woefully ignorant of gun statistics, it seems by reading his responses. It's a given that gun control increases the likelyhood you will be a victim of a crime. All he has is 10yo, tired, long dismissed talking points.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | August 27, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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