Crime is a problem in our state and here in
Howard County. Not necessarily because it’s either going up or trending downward.
But Maryland's violent crime rates have consistently ranked much higher than the national rate over the past half century.
And this is a problem: We shouldn’t have to live with the threat of being
violated by criminals in our homes, at our work or as we travel the streets of our community.
I strongly support the
principle of deterring crime by enforcing our existing laws and by handing down tough penalties against criminals—especially
those who commit crimes of violence with a dangerous weapon. I am convinced that this is the approach that
works best in today’s modern society.
I recognize that one of the primary defenses against
crime is encouraging a stable and responsible family life that emphasizes personal accountability and respect for the law.
However, when those circumstances fail to exist, then we must resort to swift and certain punishments with just and