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October 28, 1991

Gun laws are no cure for Texas tragedy

I find your editorial cartoon of Oct. 16 highly offensive. The clear implication is that the NRA does not care about the terrible tragedy in Texas.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Individual NRA members as well as the organization as a whole probably care more than the average citizen. Not only do we feel the collective loss of our fellow citizens but we know that anti-gun media and politicians always seize upon these episodes to call for the disarming of the honest citizens.

Rather than dealing with the obvious failings of the current criminal justice system (plea bargaining, liberal parole and probation practices, shortages of prison cells, etc.), the anti-gun folks focus on the means used by criminals to commit crime. The simple fact is that guns do not kill people ` people kill people.

You do your readers no service by slandering the NRA while ignoring practical common-sense solutions to the problem of violent crime in America.

Richard Lyons


The writer is president of the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol ? Association.

Once again The Evening Sun hasn't let us down, achieving ne levels of hyperbole (or libel) in its description of those who refuse to surrender their Second-Amendment right as insane, hypocrites, cowards or people worse than mass murderers (editorial, Oct. 18). As a matter of fact, if any one of the victims and near-victims in Killeen, Texas, had had a self-defense weapon and known how to use it, it would have been unnecessary to wait helplessly to be executed.

Effective laws facilitating the right of law-abiding citizens to carry weapons for self-defense have been enacted in Florida, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Mississippi with none of the untoward results predicted by opponents. The same thing should be done in Maryland.

Milner Benedict


Insane? It's insane that no diners at the latest Texas massacre had a sidearm. A single, armed resistor could have stopped the blood bath after one or two victims. Instead, people died helplessly while waiting for the police to rescue them. If there were enough police to protect citizens everywhere, The Evening Sun would complain of a police state. Personal security will always be a personal responsibility.

D.P. Elliott


Robin Miller owes an apology to every NRA member in Maryland for his slanderous article, "A city street scene every NRA member should witness" (Oct. 11).

Mr. Miller claims that the NRA advocates putting guns into the hands of every man, woman and child. He also implies that the NRA and its members are responsible for the violent crime in our cities.

This is an outright lie. The NRA has never advocated universal firearms ownership, especially not for violent criminals. The NRA has in fact been in the forefront in the fight against crime, advocating stiff prison terms for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

If Mr. Miller knows anything about history, he would know that crime and violence started long before the NRA was founded in 1873. The sad truth is that humans have smashed, slashed and bashed other humans with whatever heavy, blunt or sharp object they could lay their hands on since time immemorial.

Perhaps Mr. Miller should look elsewhere for the causes of violence in our society today and not be so quick to place the blame on law-abiding citizens who happen to be members of the NRA.

Mike Allen

Mt. Airy

Traffic tie-up

After the mammoth traffic backup that was allowed to take place in the northeast corridor on Thursday, Oct. 17, I feel it is time the Baltimore County Police Department re-evaluate the capability of its supervisory personnel. To allow traffic to back up from an accident in Harford County all the way back to the Beltway is preposterous. The absence of police officers at Pulaski Highway and Ebenezer Road caused a gridlock to develop that had traffic backed up all the way back to Baltimore city on Route 40, in both directions on the Beltway and possibly as far back as the Harbor Tunnel on Route 895 and Interstate 95.

William Kramer


Biased report

Slanted, biased reporting hardly becomes a first-class newspaper. The first two paragraphs of your Oct. 21 article, "Bombing follows peace vote ` Israeli jets hit guerrilla base in South Lebanon," implied a connection between the bombing and the peace conference, as if the first was designed to derail the latter.

Only if the reader got as far as the third paragraph was there any mention of a raid which killed three Israeli soldiers on the day prior.

Marion Friedman


Less chit-chat

Now that the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill kangaroo court is over, the whole world has learned something.

Employers and employees will talk more real business than personal business at work, and without all the chit-chat the public should get better service.

Betty Harcum


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