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June 16, 1992

Citizens often must protect themselves

Why have the liberal media launched a major new campaign against the private ownership of firearms by honest citizens? Could it be that reports from many major metropolitan areas show that people are purchasing firearms at record rates?

People's awakening to the need to provide for their own security was brought about by the media's painfully accurate portrayal of the civil unrest in Los Angeles.

Many an honest citizen had been lulled into a false sense of security by government officials and law enforcement bureaucrats. The Los Angeles riots came like a bolt from the blue. Horrified citizens witnessed what happens when the state fails to fulfill its obligations to protect them as a group and denies them the means to protect themselves as individuals.

TV viewers saw helpless citizens dragged from their vehicles and savagely beaten by criminal mobs. Scenes of looted, burning private property lingered in people's minds long after the TV was turned off.

Reports of honest people rushing to a gun store to buy firearms only to be told to fill out applications and come back in a week or so -- after the mandatory waiting period had elapsed -- are not easily forgotten.

The liberal media have belatedly realized that the gut-level message conveyed by the reporting of the violence, mayhem and governmental inaction is that citizens lacking the means to protect themselves are lambs turned loose in the lion's den.

The myth that the police can protect everyone from everything at all times has been irreparably shattered. The liberal anti-gun establishment and its media allies are now feverishly trying to repair the damage. I don't think that their efforts will succeed.

Richard Lyons


The best medicine

Kudos to the Baltimore Opera for the witty and humorous brochure touting the upcoming season.

Any mental health professional upset by the subject matter of many operas, such as murder or suicide, has either never read the librettos or attends only for reasons of clinical research -- a busman's holiday.

I say "lighten up." Come out from under the dark cloud. A sense of humor is essential for our general well-being, is it not?

John W. Kirwan


Clinton's pluses

I support Bill Clinton for president.

I resent the media for the very poor coverage they have given him, especially the stories with distortions, half-truths and sensationalist headlines.

It's been very difficult to get essential information about the man, especially where he stands on the issues. In fact, I learned far more about what he stands for from major news magazines and campaign literature than I did from newspaper/television coverage, which focused on the so-called "character" issue almost exclusively.

One more thing: Does it take character to make the most of your intelligence through education, as he has done?

Does it take personal strength to overcome never really having known your real father while then suffering through the trauma of an alcoholic, violent stepfather and protecting your mother and brother from him when you are still very young yourself?

Does it mean a man has integrity when, sick at heart, he, as governor, allows his own brother to be arrested in a drug sting operation, rather than using his foreknowledge of the event to keep his sibling out of jail?

Does it reveal personal strength, wisdom and maturity to decide as a teen-ager that you'd like to be president, then work faithfully toward that goal for over 30 years?

I believe Bill Clinton is not a perfect man and that he and his wife have had severe marital problems. I believe that he did have extramarital affairs.

But I also believe that he and his wife have put that part of their life together behind them, that they are going on with their lives and their marriage.

"Let he who is among you without sin cast the first stone," a famous teacher of ethics once said. Maybe we should stop throwing stones at the man and let him be judged for his ideas, energy and leadership qualities.

Clinton for president? Count me in.

Stephen Siegforth


Baltimore County's budget responsible

Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden and the Baltimore County Council acted responsibly in developing the fiscal 1993 budget. In contrast to the way the state budget process worked, Baltimore County officials cooperated to produce a prudent and reasonable budget and a tax policy consistent with the position of most of their constituents.

During the 1992 session, much of what was identified in Annapolis as budget cutting was actually just the elimination of state aid to local subdivisions -- a shifting of the burden from state to local government.

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