Baltimore lawmaker's grandson killed in Labor Day weekend violence

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Lawmaker Talmadge Branch loses his grandson

Baltimore has a serious murder problem.
The residents of Baltimore recently begged for a “Don’t kill anybody weekend” which resulted in three people being shot, two of them fatally. Seven people were killed over Labor Day weekend. There have now been 242 homicides in the city in 2017, a near historic pace.
Lawmaker Talmadge Branch has been in office since 1995, representing the 45th legislative district. In 2013, he supported major gun control measures that included banning assault weapons, requiring people who buy handguns to provide their fingerprints and limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. At the time he was quoted as saying the following (via Fox News):
“Delegate Talmadge Branch, D-Baltimore, told lawmakers how Baltimore legislators regularly attend funerals of people who are gunned down. He described a calendar that sometimes included two funerals a week or two a month. 
“We don’t have a need for an assault rifle in the city of Baltimore,” Branch said. “We don’t have that kind of need, and we don’t need guns on the street that are unlicensed, and we don’t need guns on the street that are actually killing people.” 
With all due respect sir, the guns aren’t actually killing people. It’s the people holding the guns who are killing people.
Now the gun violence has hit home especially close for this lawmaker. Sadly, murders will continue until lawmakers address the root cause of people killing people in that city.
From CBS Baltimore: A man killed in a shooting Monday is reportedly the grandson of Maryland House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch, according to our media partner The Baltimore Sun.
Branch said his grandson Tyrone is Baltimore’s latest murder victim, and the veteran lawmaker pleaded for the city’s gun violence to stop.
Three hours after the young man’s death, The Sun says Branch said that the city’s violence “touched my family now.”
Tyrone is reportedly the oldest child of Branch’s daughter.
Baltimore Police say the shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. at the 4200 block of Nicholas Ave.  Responding officers found the 22-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time after arriving.
Police say the victim was reportedly was talking with two unknown suspects, when they opened fire on him, and left in a white vehicle after the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, Metro crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443)902-4824.

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2 years ago

Was this a random shooting or was there any questionable motivation? Did any of the unknown suspects get killed, wounded and why the shooting?

2 years ago

Never jump in a snake pit, don’t wrestle alligators, don’t slap grizzly bears and don’t go to celebrations in big cities.

2 years ago

I keep saying, the trick is to not let them in or out. It will sort itself out eventually.

2 years ago

There should be an automatic minimum 10-15 year sentence, with no possible chance of parole, for anyone committing a crime with any kind of gun. The sentence should automatically double if the gun was either; stolen, a felon had passion of the gun, or the gun was not registered to the person committing the crime. These minimum sentences for gun violations would be added to any other charges against a criminal that a trial may find them guilty of. Seven Things to Know About Repeat Offenders * Offenders convicted of crimes involving guns are far more likely (68 percent) to… Read more »

2 years ago
Reply to  dkolb2010

No, no! Just don’t let ’em leave.

Steven Broiles
2 years ago

My sympathies for Mr. Branch, but if there is one thing true about liberalism and leftism, it is that those affected cannot learn from experience.
Ideology is a matter of political expedience and not about truth. Branch ought to know that it is the heart of man—or evil men—that is the problem, and not the tools of killing, per se.
But I imagine Branch’s career and pension matter more to him than truth.
There are no political solutions to spiritual problems.