Bowler UnfairA column by Mike Bowler relative to gun...


December 12, 1992

Bowler Unfair

A column by Mike Bowler relative to gun control and the National Rifle Association (Dec. 5) is somewhat biased and naive.

I am not a member of the NRA nor have I ever been one. However, I am a former Marine and a retired Baltimore police sergeant and have carried a weapon most of my life.

For the most part the people who belong to the NRA are law abiding, hard working, tax paying, honest citizens, and to be constantly criticized . . . is unfair to say the least.

There is no doubt that a gun-free society would be great, but this is highly improbable, if not impossible.

We have enough gun laws on the books to keep weapons out of the hands of people who want them for purposes other than good.

So, please have your people direct the barrage of complaints to where it belongs, and that is the criminal. Also it might help to admonish the courts, the do-gooders and the politicians that advocate releasing all those who violate the law before their time. In other words, give us gun owning citizens who do not violate the criminal laws of this country a break.

Edward Mattson


Crime Is Illegal

A letter writer Dec. 5 describes witnessing a crime on Charles Street: two thieves rolling a sleeping drunk, going through his pockets. The witness called the police, who came but said that there was nothing they could do if the drunk didn't care to press charges.

This statement by the police is not only untrue, it is ridiculous. Suppose the thieves had murdered the drunk, would he have had to press charges then?

As a lawyer, I can also state that the witness' report to the police furnished the police with probable cause to arrest and search the thieves, who might have had items belonging to the drunk on them which could have been used as evidence against them.

Even if there were no physical evidence, the witness could have testified in court as to what he saw, and on that basis alone a jury could have found the thieves guilty. . .

It is imperative that the mayor or the police commissioner publicly state that the conduct of the police in this case is not official policy. . .

Henry Cohen


Misunderstood Opinions

As I read two Nov. 27 letters concerning "Sexuality, Homophobia and Today's Hurtful Myths," it occurred to me that those who are against the practice of homosexuality have been labeled and misunderstood.

Because there have been those who are against homosexuality and who have expressed their views in an insensitive and unloving way, we "homophobes" have been viewed as biased people. I am against homosexuality and I am not a biased person.

I am not against the people who are homosexuals, but I know that what they practice is wrong. I am against their idea of sexuality, because God has said clearly in the Bible that it is wrong, and I won't dispute God.

Is it possible these days to make up any form of sexuality and call it normal simply because there are many who are involved in it? That would be ridiculous, but I am afraid that anything is possible in our world of relativism.

Homosexuals say that their sexuality is inborn. This has not been proven, and that is a fact.

I can believe that it would be difficult to break out of homosexuality. But it is hard to break out of anything that has become accepted -- like drinking or smoking.

Where have morals gone? Does anyone believe in absolutes, or have we caved into believing that people can do whatever they want if it's right for them?

I hope that all homosexuals will be able to keep their human rights as people, but I cannot endorse their practice as being normal.

Ruthie Michener


Who Really Speaks for Baltimore's Students

We read with great interest the commentary published in The Sun (Nov. 28) by Arthur Pierce of Randallstown, who is director of Alternative Schools for the Baltimore City Public Schools.

In his piece, Mr. Pierce repeats a common misunderstanding of the role of advocates. "Authentic" advocates, as Mr. Pierce calls them, do not simply make sure necessary funding is available to administrators. Rather, they work to be sure that needed money is available and is spent in ways that benefit students and produce good and effective results for children.

Advocates for Children and Youth and its education project, Students First, are strong proponents of adequate funding for public education in Baltimore City. It is unfortunate that Mr. Pierce wrote his piece without knowledge of our activities in Annapolis and around the state in support of adequate funding for Baltimore's schools: i.e., backing legislation which brought $43 million in new money to city schools this year, fighting for the challenge grants which will fund major reform in 16 Baltimore City schools and many other efforts to gain public support for adequate funding for education in the city.

Mr. Pierce's charge that opponents to Channel One are not connected to students and the community is unfounded.

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