BPW NIXES PIPELINE PLAN: The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously rejected Wednesday plans for a pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas through three miles of Western Maryland, after years of environmentalists and neighbors fighting the project, Luke Broadwater of the Sun reports.

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When you walk into a movie theater, you shouldn't have to fear you won't walk back out once the movie is over.

When you put your child or grandchild on the school bus, you should feel secure that they will arrive home at the end of the day.

John: No one in this country should have to live in fear of gun violence. Unfortunately, that's the world we live in. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun than those living in the rest of the developed world. Yet Republicans refuse to do a single thing to stop it. They send out "thoughts and prayers" when the next shooting happens, and then listen to their NRA backers whenever votes on gun safety come up.

Thoughts and prayers are good, but they only go so far. We need to take action too. Today I'm helping gather signatures to push for tougher gun safety measures. Will you join us by adding your name?

It's been 25 years since the signing of the Brady Bill -- a law which required a five day waiting period for handgun purchases. It was a big step forward at the time. It's time we take the next big step, and the next, and the next, until the epidemic of gun violence is a thing of the past.

Don't believe what you hear from Republican lawmakers. There are things we can do to reduce gun violence in this country. Ban bump stocks. Ban high-capacity magazines. Ban assault weapons once again. I introduced a plan to require background checks for ammunition purchases, not just gun purchases.

Doing nothing on gun safety is an active choice Republicans have made for years now. It's time we urge them to make a different choice. Even small steps to get guns out of the hands of bad guys are better than "thoughts and prayers."

Demand action. Sign the petition >>

Thank you.

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