Number of kids killed with guns doesn't tell the whole...


May 20, 2000

Number of kids killed with guns doesn't tell the whole story

Years ago, I read that there were three types of lies - lies, damn lies and statistics. The Sun has found a fourth type - damn lying statistics.

Based on the report that on the average 12 children are killed by guns in the United States every day, The Sun's editorial "What a million mothers can do," (May 13) stated, "Before the day ends, 12 children will be killed by a gun ... Twelve died yesterday, and twelve will die tomorrow and the next day."

This is nonsense on two accounts.

First, just because the average is 12 does not mean that number will be killed on any given day.

Second, the editorial failed to disclose that of those gun-related deathx, on average fewer than two are the result of accidents. The bulk are related to gang warfare and drugs.

The Sun also failed to report that the accidental killing of children has been decreasing for many years.

The bulk of the gun-related deaths are caused by individuals who violate laws relating to guns prior to violating the law by killing somebody. Stricter enforcement of existing laws would reduce the carnage.

The other goals The Sun calls reasonable (such as background checks, registration, safety locks and purchase limits) will do far less than strict law enforcement and only further the cause of those who want to ban all handguns.

If that be The Sun's agenda, why not come right out and say so?

Maclyn McCarty Jr., Baltimore

A million moms don't alter right to choose to be armed

If these million moms really want to save their kids, they should support the gun laws on the books, instead of calling for more restrictions on the Second Amendment.

Or, better yet, teach kids better values as they grow up, so they don't use guns to kill innocent people.

Does anyone seriously think criminals, who would get guns even if they were completely illegal, care that people march on Washington for their "feel good" causes?.

As a woman, the government says I have the right to choose when it comes to abortion. Shouldn't I also have the right to choose to protect myself from an attacker by using a gun?

I believe I have that right, and a million moms and the president aren't going to convince me otherwise.

Eileen G. Foley, Towson

It's not just the moms who seek to stop violence

My husband and I attended the Million Mom March on Sunday.

We were deeply moved and inspired by the rally and hope it will translate into political action.

The optimism I felt at the rally, however, was dampened by Susan Reimer's column "Moms under the gun again" (May 16) because of her outdated, stereotypical depiction of the role of the mom.

Her article, however tongue-in-cheek, suggested that only moms will be able to win this battle; that only moms, who do all the grunt work at home and get stuck with all the duties their husbands have shirked, are involved in this fight.

She insinuates that lazy, fumbling men, fathers perhaps, have failed to change gun policy, or have never attempted to do so.

The Million Mom March was for anyone who is a mom or has a mom. Ms. Reimer's column discounted the thousands and thousands of men in attendance, not to mention the women present who were not yet or never will be moms.

Long before this march was imagined, hard-working, dedicated men (and women too) were fighting to rid our nation of senseless gun violence.

Let's not allow the campaign for smarter guns and smarter gun policies to become a campaign that fosters unfair and embarrassing stereotypes.

Joanne Starnes, Baltimore

UB is well-qualified to offer business degree

Morgan State University has no case for preventing the University of Baltimore from granting a doctorate in business administration ("Morgan State pushes course exclusivity," May 4).

UB has the oldest school of business in the state and has granted more business degrees than any other college in the area.

The school is gaining a reputation internationally. The Republic of China now sends students to study for an MBA there and Brazil is close to signing an agreement for the same purpose.

Students from many parts of the United States also come to UB to study business.

Who is better qualified to offer the doctorate?

K. William Felmar, Perry Hall

With state, private support, public projects enrich us all

Jamie Stiehm's recent article about the Charles Village Learning Center illustrates what dedicated and creative citizens can do when they rally around a worthwhile cause ("Bound by books, desire," May 5).

Obviously the contributions of sponsors such as the Abell and Goldseker Foundations, when combined with hundreds of volunteer work hours and individual contributions, can provide important support for community goals.

Each year approximately 150 projects such as the Charles Village Learning Center receive support from the state's grants and local programs. For fiscal 2000, their total funding is $95 million.

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