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January 25, 2011
I would like to challenge several points made by Ron Smith in his column about gun ownership and gun control laws ( "Face the facts: Gun control laws don't save lives," Jan. 20). He disparages several "Democratic bastions" as being unrealistic as far as their attitude toward gun ownership and gun control laws. However statistics show that states with higher gun ownership and weak gun laws lead the nation in gun deaths rates per 100,000 people. For example Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada have household gun ownership rates from 31.5 percent to 60.6 percent and gun death rates of 16.25 per 100,000 to 19.58 per 100,000.
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August 13, 2014
Former presidential press secretary James Brady responded to personal tragedy by becoming a tenacious advocate for common-sense gun laws aimed at preventing dangerous people from having easy access to guns ("Victim became symbol of fight for gun control," Aug. 5). Jim and his wife, Sarah, worked tirelessly to pass the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a law directly responsible for saving countless lives. More than 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been blocked because of the couple's work.
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NEWS
January 21, 2011
Ron Smith, in his rush to defend lax gun laws ( "Face the facts: Gun control laws don't save lives," Jan. 22) appears to have stumbled on his own reasoning when he pointed out that Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords also owned a Glock like the one used in the assassination attempt. What good did her Glock do her? Was she able to protect herself or any other victims? If neither she nor the assassin had access to such lethal weapons, would not many of lives have been saved? It appears that many advocates for lax gun laws ignore the obvious: A handgun is an offensive and not a defensive weapon.
NEWS
June 8, 2014
It is a rare pleasure in any election year (and perhaps this one more than most) to have a candidate for state-wide office we can endorse so enthusiastically as we do Brian Frosh in the Democratic primary for attorney general. In his career in the General Assembly, he has distinguished himself as a considerate and effective legislator, and we have no doubt that he would excel as Maryland's top lawyer. Mr. Frosh has represented Montgomery County in the state Senate since 1995 and was in the House of Delegates for two terms before that.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
I have several comments on the commentary written by Peter Morici ("The false security of gun-control measures," April 16). The common conclusion from gun rights advocates, one that has become quite wearisome, seems to be that if every shooting incident, injury, or death cannot be precluded by gun-control measures, then why even bother. This is a bankrupt argument. Were one to follow this philosophy to its (il)logical conclusion, one would stop brushing one's teeth upon the discovery of a cavity.
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By Peter Jensen | December 19, 2009
A recent poll shows National Rifle Association members overwhelmingly favor closing the gun show loophole, and that has the NRA fuming. Never mind that the poll was conducted by Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster who is on Fox News so often that he may as well be considered a network personality. Or that the same poll shows NRA members do support many pro-Second Amendment positions (against a national gun registry, for example). Once again, the NRA's leadership is out of step - not only with average Americans but even with people who identify themselves as NRA members.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
Is it fear of Maryland's law-abiding citizens actually figuring out the truth that prompts the liberal media to pass on more flawed studies as fact? The Sun's recent editorial ( "Gun control works," Feb. 20) attempts to convince us that "cherry picked" data provides clear proof that gun control works. I find a few problems with this conclusion myself. First of all, this study was performed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. We all know that one of Michael Bloomberg's key objectives is advocating for stricter gun control, so why would we expect anyone at the school to perform an unbiased study?
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Why didn't Jules Witcover use President Barack Obama's quote to the effect that "control measures as I have presented would most likely have not affected Newtown" ("Obama settles for half measures on gun control," March 19)? And another question: How much will the homicide rate go down in Baltimore with the Nanny-Governor Martin O'Malley's new gun control laws? Let me help you - zero. But good citizens will pay more and be fingerprinted. That's a big whoop! The disingenuousness is palpable.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
Can somebody explain how is it that a couple of guys in a pick-up with assault rifles on the gun rack constitute a well-regulated militia? And how is it that law-abiding citizens who follow all the rules, keep the gun locked up, and the ammo locked up separately, can get to the gun in time to "protect" their families? And how about using assault rifles to hunt? Wouldn't the game be too destroyed to eat? Barbara McCord, Annapolis Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Regarding the seven-point plan to reduce gun violence proposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others ("Scholars drafting new gun policy," Jan. 15), this is an issue in which I have vested interest. Aggravated by such events as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun control is currently a hot topic in the United States. Personally, I believe that it is acceptable to own a gun strictly for hunting or protection, but this does not extend to large-scale assault weapons.
NEWS
May 24, 2014
It appears that letter writer Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence espouses the view that graduates can only learn lessons from someone who agrees with their political stance and would support the unfortunate protests against Dr. Ben Carson and Condoleezza Rice which caused their withdrawal from graduation ceremonies only because of their GOP connections and single issue considerations ( "Carey speaker should answer for NRA ties," ...
NEWS
May 23, 2014
It is unacceptable that we have recently lost three teenagers within one week and that we continue to give such incidents the same treatment time and time again ( "Two more people shot in Baltimore amid rash of shootings," May 18). Violence is not remedied simply by having more police, gun control and curfews. Cities with fewer gun control laws and police presence actually end up having lower crime rates. This is not to say that lowering gun control and police presence will also lower crime rates, but people will kill either way with whatever they can find.
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By Jonah Goldberg | March 28, 2014
Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Mr. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
Learning more about the causes of injury and death and recommending policies that might lengthen people's lives has long been the mission of the public health community. Under those circumstances, it's hardly surprising that those in the field are concerned not only about viruses and infectious agents but also about firearm-related injuries and deaths. For years, doctors have been looking at gun violence, the nature of the injuries it causes and the policies that might prevent it. This is strictly mainstream stuff.
NEWS
March 17, 2014
On the page after your chilling profile of Columbia Mall killer Darion Marcus Aguilar, whose purchase and firing of a shotgun led to the tragic deaths of two young people, a story appears in which Republican gubernatorial candidate David R. Craig announced his intention to repeal Maryland's stricter gun laws ( "Craig vows to reverse gun laws, seek sales tax break for Md. goods," March 12). That's just what we need, Mr. Craig: Make it even easier for mentally disturbed people to get a hold of weapons to kill innocents.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
Joseph Graves's letter ( "Gun control doesn't work," Feb. 21) is very correct. While your editing staff does earn back a little of my respect for publishing Mr. Graves' letter, The Baltimore Sun has a long way to go before they earn back the public's respect on the issue of gun control. What I fail to understand is why this paper can't see that their are two sides to this issue. Propaganda is propaganda. You're part of the solution, or part of the problem. Can't you see that blindly falling in line with any propaganda's message hurts your paper's credibility?
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By Kathy Seifert | April 24, 2013
Gun control doesn't stop bombings, and it doesn't prevent violent people from buying nails, BBs or pressure cookers. While I am supportive of gun control - and applaud Maryland for being one of the few states taking a strong stance on gun possession - tighter regulations will not prevent all violent attacks from occurring. In order to reach a real solution, the national discussion must go beyond gun control. For instance, how can we better predict who is likely to become a violent perpetrator?
NEWS
February 21, 2014
Is it fear of Maryland's law-abiding citizens actually figuring out the truth that prompts the liberal media to pass on more flawed studies as fact? The Sun's recent editorial ( "Gun control works," Feb. 20) attempts to convince us that "cherry picked" data provides clear proof that gun control works. I find a few problems with this conclusion myself. First of all, this study was performed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. We all know that one of Michael Bloomberg's key objectives is advocating for stricter gun control, so why would we expect anyone at the school to perform an unbiased study?
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