Sun wrong on gun carry laws

March 17, 2012

Your agenda is showing. It was Patrick Moynihan who famously said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts." If you will do the minimal research required via John Lott's book, "More Guns, Less Crime," you will find that violent crime falls wherever a "shall issue" concealed weapons permit law is enacted. Contacting state attorneys general where "shall issue" is in effect will confirm only a tiny percentage of permit holders are involved in gun crimes. The net result is that disarming citizens makes everyone less safe.

About 1.5 million citizens use firearms each year in the United States to defend themselves, usually without a shot being fired. A 1983 Department of Justice survey on imprisoned criminal determined 38 percent of then had foregone a crime thinking the victim might be armed.

Ronald Reagan said, "It's amazing how many things the liberals know that aren't true." That certainly applies to the editorial on Maryland's gun-carry law ("Attack on Md.'s gun laws," March 7). We expect better from our news sources.

Ralph Baker

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