When? When? When?

If Mayor Pugh is so sick and tired of being sick and tired of the violence that is out of control in Baltimore City, then the question is WHEN. When will she do the only thing which will bring real relief to the crime crisis? Call out the Maryland National Guard for a period of three weeks. The Guard members do not have to bring out the tanks; but, I believe their presence in uniforms and equipped with legal guns will result in the greatest reduction in crime in the history of Baltimore City.

Mayor Pugh – Now that you may finally understand that your police department is at least 700 officers short of where they need to be in order to protect the citizens of Baltimore properly, WHEN are you going to ask the Governor to call out the National Guard?

Are you discounting the remarks of Chef Tess Mosley, a colleague of the bartender who was murdered after stopping for milk and cookies on his way home from work. Chef Mosley stated there has been “zero police presence” in the neighborhood, and criminals believe “they can do whatever they want.” (Baltimore police: Man shot to death resisting robbery off Key Highway) If this does not affect you, what about the remarks from the residents that appear in “”I Don’t Really Feel Safe Anywhere Anymore,” 11-19-17? Mayor Pugh – do you need to read more Baltimore Sun headlines such as “Detective Dies,” 11-17-17?

How many more people have to die? How many more families have to endure pain and suffering because this fire of violence, raging fast and furiously, is so out of control?

I am the only Democratic candidate running for governor in the upcoming 2018 primary election who has repeatedly been calling for the National Guard to come in.

As for the Baltimore Sun – isn’t it time to inform your readers of my position on this nightmarish crisis?

Ralph Jaffe
Teacher and Democratic candidate for governor in the 2018 primary election
Baltimore

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