Archive for July, 2010
I’m pleased to announce that the Stoney Creek Fishing & Hunting Club has awarded me an honorary membership. I am proud to be counted among their members and will continue to support their efforts in every way I can.
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Today Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr. of Glen Burnie began his over the top sign waving campaign.
It is over the top because he is regularly seen above the car tops as he waves to motorist passing beneath bridges and overpasses
throughout District 31.
In 2002 and most recently 2006, Delegate Dwyer decided to use sign waving after watching the all time champion of sign waving County Executive Leopold for many years. “It was clearly working for Mr. Leopold so I decided to take it to a new level” Dwyer said.
There is no doubt that you will see Delegate Dwyer on the road in the near future if you live in northern Anne Arundel County.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Article XIV, SEC. 2 of the Maryland Constitution states:
“It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to provide by Law for taking, at the general election to be held in the year nineteen hundred and seventy, and every twenty years thereafter, the sense of the People in regard to calling a Convention for altering this Constitution; and if a majority of voters at such election or elections shall vote for a Convention, the General Assembly, at its next session, shall provide by Law for the assembling of such convention, and for the election of Delegates thereto…”
The founders wisely provided the amendment process to allow the legislature and the citizens to modify the Constitution as they deemed necessary, knowing full well that it was a difficult and lengthy process. This was in no way by accident.
While many well-intentioned Marylanders believe we should have a convention, I question why we would need to revise our Constitution when most of today’s elected officials’ have not even read it, much less understand or adhere to it. Today, the Constitution that is the foundation of our country is viewed by the left as a living, breathing document subject to many interpretations. If this is the case then why is government today so hostile to its original intent to protect the people and limit government?
What makes us think that a new constitution will be respected by our elected leaders? The current outcry across America is that we adhere to the limitations of our State and U.S. Constitutions, not that we rewrite them to promote a left-leaning agenda of larger government and fewer individual rights.
In a current poll, The Washington Post found that more than 60 percent of Marylanders support a convention. This concerns me.
There is certainly the possibility that some good could come from a convention, but given today’s liberal teachings by America’s universities and the stronghold the left has on the media, I caution that we may end up with a Constitution that defies the founders’ intent of limited government.
I would propose that rather than rewrite the state Constitution, we ought to simply hold our elected representatives accountable to adhere to the Constitution as it is currently written. After all, it was written to protect your God given right to life, liberty and property.
Some may be willing to give up these rights, but I will fight to the end to protect the Constitution and your rights as the founders of Maryland intended. Please vote NO to a Constitutional convention when you vote in November.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr. AACO Dist.31
Thanks to many dedicated supporters who donated time, tools and elbow grease over the the past three days! The large Dwyer campaign signs are now up! We still have more signs, so if you know of a great sign location and can get us permission to put a large 4X8 sign up, or if you would like a small yard sign for your own yard, please contact Ashley Antkowiak at firstname.lastname@example.org or Louisa Baucom at email@example.com.
The Maryland Attorney General addresses the effect of the recent Second Amendment Supreme Court case on Maryland Gun Laws.
Read his response to my letter by downloading the pdf. here: Attorney General’s Response
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Office of the Attorney General
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Dear Attorney General Gansler,
In light of the most recent Supreme Court decision of MCDONALD ET AL. v. CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ET AL. No. 08–1521. Argued March 2, 2010—Decided June 28, 2010) regarding the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, I would like to know how the decision effects Maryland’s current policies, procedure and law regarding a Maryland Citizens right to carry a firearm regardless of concealed or open carry.
More specifically, does this ruling reverse the current Maryland standard of “good and substantial reason” for the issuance of a carry permit? If not, why not?
Additionally, will Maryland continue with its practice of placing specific limitations on carry permits such as someone only being permitted to carry to or from work or while carrying large sums of cash?
As you might expect, I have many constituents who heard about the decision on June 28th. As result there are questions being asked that I am not able to answer. Your prompt response is greatly appreciated.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Anne Arundel County District 31