Supporters will go on the offensive with a television ad campaign designed to build public support for the new law. Ahead of a 2014 election in which every member of Maryland’s General Assembly will be up for reelection, the ad is designed to blunt criticism from would-be contenders hoping to use the legislation as a campaign issue. It’s also a way, proponents said, to demonstrate to lawmakers in less-blue states as well as in Congress that a vote for gun control can be a winning one.
"He's done more than just talk about it; he's gotten out there and proven himself," said city manager Milton Dohoney of Cincinnati, where Craig has been chief for two years. "He hit the ground running, went out and engaged rank-and-file officers, and proved he was a good listener. He was perceived as fair, and he boosted officer morale." Craig, 56, began patrolling Detroit's 10th Precinct in 1977. He spent 28 years in the Los Angeles Police Department before serving as chief in Portland, Me., and Cincinnati. Ex-New York City and Los Angeles chief William Bratton said Craig has an attribute not shared by recent chiefs other than Jerry Oliver: He was hired from outside Detroit. "He was part of the turnaround" in Los Angeles, Bratton said.