July 30, 2012
Instead of "People, not politicians killed gun control," Doyle McManus should have titled his July 27 op-ed "people and politicians reduce crime in America. " Not until the middle of his commentary does he admit that crime is down, and he attributes the lack of interest in gun control to this fact. But he does not say, or ignores the fact that, crime is down because of the increase in gun permits allowed by at least 35 states. As a newspaper columnist, he could have discovered this by reading John Lott's book, "More Guns, Less Crime.
September 4, 2012
It seems that gun control should be a no-brainer. Our city and other communities across this country have recently seen the tragic results of the misuse of guns by ordinary citizens, including by young teens. When I was a growing up in Baltimore people felt safe. We went out alone at night; I often went to the library alone after dark at age 10. We never heard about shootings. They seemed to be only in cowboy movies. The availability of guns to any two-legged creature who could talk changed all that.
February 15, 2012
The Sun's article on Catholic bishops' opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that religious schools and hospitals include contraceptives in their health insurance plans was one-sided and unfair ("Obama's 'accommodation' wins support in birth-control debate," Feb. 11). First, providing birth-control to people without proven medical conditions is a pure "give away" of precious medical funds. If this plan is reasonable, why not support "public/private safety" by providing everyone with cell phones?
February 13, 2013
The Second Amendment is vital to the preservation of liberty and freedom. The government's responsibility is to trust, encourage and rely upon We the People. It is not to infringe upon our God-given rights, especially not enforcement of unconstitutional and liberty-killing violations like "gun control" laws. SB 539, SB 540, SB 544, and SB 577 are about citizen control, not gun control. These bills falsely assume the guns themselves are responsible for shooting deaths, and they would punish citizens by restricting our liberty, rather than those that carry out violent crimes.
March 6, 2012
Maybe it's time we change the name of the birth control pill. What Rush Limbaugh doesn't understand is that women are not always about men. The so-called "pill" has been out for over 50 years now, and we aren't going to give it up. It changed our lives. We are in control, and it's not always about not getting pregnant. It really should be called "the regulator," or perhaps the "health pill. " There are many benefits for going on this course of medicine. We can control our periods (something men don't understand)
February 19, 2012
In response to Max Romano's commentary regarding the "right" to birth control, to which constitutional right does he refer? I searched my copy of the Constitution and could find no reference to any such right ("The right to birth control," Feb. 15). There are so many holes in his argument I hardly know where to begin. Start with "reproductive justice," whatever that is. Men and women do indeed have control over their future, sexual or otherwise; it's called making responsible decisions, not depending on a government mandate.
August 9, 2012
The recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin have produced the usual response to gun-control advocates: That this is not the "proper" time to discuss such a serious issue. But now is precisely the time to have that discussion, and for the President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, to show they can be the statesmen the country needs and deserves. The candidates should hold a joint news conference and announce that whoever wins the election will back legislation to stop the proliferation of military-grade weapons and accessories.
March 14, 2012
I have to totally agree with Susan Reimer 's assertion that Democrats must be living in a lovely dream waiting for the November elections ("Women will remember in November," March 12). True, some Republican presidential hopefuls have come down with foot in mouth disease, and there seems to be no shortage of eyebrow raising sound bites coming from the endless parade of televised debates. However, it's not the gaffes or the "I shouldn't have said that" moments that are making Democrats salivate for the coming elections but the realization that once again, the women's vote will lock onto a single issue and make it a major election point.
January 17, 2013
Given the typically biased and incomplete information given out by the media on liberal progressive issues such as gun control, it's no wonder Marylander voters polled strongly in support of controls on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines are needed to prevent killings like those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. ("Marylanders strongly support two gun control measures," Jan. 14). But before any new restrictions on rifles and ammunition clips are passed in Maryland, everyone, especially the governor and state lawmakers, should step back, take a deep breath and review the statistics on the weapons used in Maryland homicides.
February 5, 2014
I enjoyed reading your editorial about the Beretta company building a new plant in Tennessee ( "Weighing the loss of Beretta jobs," Jan. 30). The problem is that even the cities that attempted to ban handguns entirely were among the most violent in the nation, so it is foolish to think that gun control laws have any effect on crime. Moreover, the violence is being committed by residents, so you one can't claim that legal gun owners are coming in and taking advantage. Clearly, something else must be causing the problem.