Former Michelle Obama Policy Director releases plan to address America’s gun violence epidemic and keep Maryland children safe in schools

Tuesday, May 22, 2018–Baltimore, MD—Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor, released a plan today to treat America’s gun violence epidemic as a public health crisis, and to ensure safety for children in Maryland schools.

“As a mom, this is personal to me. I don’t want any child to grow up in a state, in a nation, where violent gun massacres and school shootings are the norm. Enough is enough. It’s time to turn thoughts and prayers into policy and change,” Krish said. “Parents, students, teachers, community members, and our nation, are exhausted with an endless cycle of tragedy, followed by inaction. And so am I. As Governor, Maryland will be a model for the nation on how to act and advocate for our children, because that is what Maryland’s children deserve.”

Krish’s plan, Standing with Students: Fewer guns, Safer Schools focuses on key areas of treating gun violence as a public health challenge, supporting and re-training law enforcement, and implementing stronger gun violence prevention.

Tuesday from 4:30-6:30PM, Krish attended a roundtable discussion of students, parents, teachers, community leaders, law enforcement officials, local residents, and other community members on protecting children from gun violence in Maryland. Krish and running mate, Sharon Blake, Jon Cardin, former Baltimore police commissioner Chief Johnson, and others, will also attend and participate. The event is hosted by UMBC Democrats, and be held today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Flat Tuesdays on UMBC’s campus (1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, MD).  The event is free and all are welcome and invited to attend. (

In the wake of recent shootings at Stoneman Douglas, Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland, and now Santa Fe High School in Texas, Krish and Sharon have been outspoken advocates for action protecting students from gun violence. Both participated in the National School Walkout with students at Poly and Western High Schools in Baltimore on March 14th. Krish also marched in Annapolis with students, parents, teachers, and community members during the historic March for our Lives on March 24th.

Krish and Sharon are the only gubernatorial ticket who are both the proud products of Maryland’s public education system, from kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, Sharon, a lifelong teacher and former President of the Baltimore Teachers Union, has served on numerous statewide educational panels for various governors including the “Safe Schools Interagency Steering Committee” and the“Visionary Panel for Better Schools.”

To learn more about Krish Vignarajah’s and Lieutenant Governor Sharon Blake’s historic campaign, visit Connect with the campaign on Twitter @KrishForMD and Facebook @KrishForMaryland.