January 18, 2013
The Second Amendment is under attack. This amendment is so important, so crucial to the liberties of the people, that the Founding Fathers placed it second only to the first; that which guaranteed the five most basic of freedoms. We've moved away from treating this right as a right. We wink when we speak of guarding against tyranny, we collude when we mention hunters and sportsmen, and we ignore the individuals that exercise this right countless times a month to preserve their personal right to liberty and perhaps life.
December 20, 2012
In the aftermath of the horror of the Connecticut school slayings, the looming darkness as we approach the shortest day of the year seems apt. We have snuffed out 20 of the brightest candles our nation cherishes - our children, the light of our future ("Saying farewell," Dec. 18). In his recent column ("The massacre this time," Dec. 15), Dan Rodricks bemoaned the continuing senseless mass murders committed by unstable people with all too easy access to weapons of mass destruction.
September 16, 2011
When 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner brought a loaded Glock 19 with a 33-round ammunition magazine to a Tucson grocery store parking lot in January, he broke the law only when he opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others at her constituent event. Under Arizona law, no permit is required to carry a concealed handgun outside the home. As the incident demonstrated, such a lax approach would seem to invite mayhem in the streets. But Arizona has the right to set such a problematic standard, despite such evidence as the recent study by a Stanford economist demonstrating that right-to-carry laws do not decrease the overall level of crime and perhaps even increase it. What Arizonans should not have the right to do is force such laissez-faire gun control standards on Maryland; nor should those who live in Alabama, Tennessee, Florida or any of the other states where concealed-handgun permits are much more easily acquired.
April 2, 2011
From the very first paragraph ("America: armed and dangerous," March 28), the tone and bias of the author's mindset was clearly anti-gun, and that is OK. However, like so many other anti-gun types in the U.S. he is much on rhetoric and little on facts, which is highly irregular since the author is an academic himself and therefore should know the value of facts and data over emotion. Unfortunately, the author has fallen for the same word games that for many began with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
September 9, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two years ago, Florida enacted a law that allows anyone who feels threatened anywhere to use deadly force. Today the National Rifle Association is shepherding similar laws through legislatures across the country. The so-called Castle Doctrine extended the notion of a man's home being his castle to public streets being his castle. When the law first went into effect, in October 2005, the nation's most prominent gun-control group, the Brady Campaign, decided to fight back.
October 19, 2005
CHICAGO -- When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. "When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you're going to have people taking out guns and killing people," one gun-control activist said. Since the law was passed, it turns out, Florida's murder rate has been cut in half. Instead of becoming more dangerous, the state has become considerably safer.