Topics from Monday's (January 7, 2013) show

Jan 09, 2013 -- 6:49am

On Monday's show a caller asked me to post the story about "Foods that improve your looks." You can read that by clicking here.

Also, I'm posting the story about the gun legislation that is to be proposed in the Delaware General Assembly by Senator Robert I. Marshall (D - Wilmington West). I got it in an e-mail from Wolf (which was originally sent to him by the Delaware State House of Representatives (Minority Caucus) dated January 4, 2013) and is as follows.

 

Gun Control Bills to be Considered
 

The Delaware General Assembly will be considering bills to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines during the 2013 legislative session that begins next Tuesday.

The two controversial proposals are part of an omnibus package of gun control measures Sen. Robert I. Marshall, D-Wilmington West, announced today he will be sponsoring to combat what he believes is a rising tide of gun violence.

The proposals come on the heels of the second-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history. Three weeks ago, a lone gunman fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"I'm sure these proposals will generate a serious public debate, but I think the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut may have created a new sense of urgency in dealing with this problem," Sen. Marshall said.

The senator added that Wilmington residents, which compromise most of his constituency, "face the specter of gun violence on an almost daily basis."

In addition to his proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, Sen. Marshall says he intends to file a bill giving county and municipal governments the ability to impose their own "gun licensing laws." Under the proposal, local governments would be empowered to enact their own firearms ordinances within a framework established under the bill. "I think we need to trust our local governments to judge their own situations and have this public safety tool available to them," he said.

State Rep.-elect Steve Smyk, R-Milton/Lewes, who is a retired Delaware State Trooper, took issue with the proposal. "Such a statute would result in the Balkanization of firearms laws in our state, producing a patchwork of ordinances that would change from one locale to the next. Firearms laws are the purview of the state government and we should not be relinquishing that responsibility."

Sen. Marshall also called on Gov. Jack Markell to instruct the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to reach out to local governments and stage gun buy-back programs. A pilot gun buy-back effort was held in the City of Wilmington in 2011. The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee included $200,000 in the current state budget to finance such events.

Typically, a flat cash award is given for each firearm surrendered during a buy-back event, no questions asked.

Such programs have been subject to criticism. A 2004 report released by the National Academies of Sciences (Firearms and Violence: A Critical View) found that "the theory underlying gun buy-back programs is badly flawed and the empirical evidence demonstrates the ineffectiveness of these programs."

State House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, said in a year where the state will be facing difficult fiscal challenges, the $200,000 earmarked for the gun buy-back efforts could be used more efficiently elsewhere. "Gun buy-back programs have not been proven to have any impact on reducing gun-related crimes. Usually, they only succeed in purchasing antiquated firearms that were highly unlikely to be involved in any illicit activity."

Sen. Marshall conceded some of proposals are not yet fully formed. "This will be a tough fight and I'll need all the support I can enlist to succeed. I also welcome the constructive ideas of the people who join with me in this fight to make the proposals I'm offering even better," he said.

 

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