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Letter: Repeal Second Amendment to solve gun problem

Personal Weapon ControlInterior PolicyGun ControlRonald ReaganBritain

What does the Second Amendment actually say? "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

This has become a part of our history and culture, based on our British roots, in this case the English Bill of Rights of 1689. This law was a based on conditions between Catholics and Protestants in England 323 years ago.

It was incorporated into our Bill of Rights over 200 years ago for a variety of reasons, relevant in the early years of our history, such as deterring undemocratic governments, enabling citizens to form militias and enabling patriots to fight against British loyalists.

Today, almost all commentaries in reaction to the horrors of Newtown call for some change in our gun laws.

I am calling for us to repeal the Second Amendment!

We repealed the 18th Amendment; we should no longer be the only industrialized country in the world that allows its citizens easy access to firearms.

There are 300 million guns in the United States, according to an article in The Economist.

Great Britain, with very strict gun possession laws, had 39 fatalities from firearms in 2008-09, according to the article, while the U.S. had 12,000.

That year in Japan, there were only 11 fatalities from guns. Baltimore can have that many on a bad weekend.

Do we need another Newtown? Another Aurora, Colo.? Another Oak Creek, Wisc.? Another Tucson, Ariz.? Another Virginia Tech? Two more District of Columbia killers? Another Columbine?

During the recent presidential campaign, politicians from one party insisted that our country's prestige and respect has declined over the past four years; this violence may well be the unstated and valid reason.

I maintain that the eventual repeal of the anachronistic Second Amendment will lead us to fulfill former President Ronald Reagan's hope for the U.S. to become "a beacon light, guiding freedom loving people everywhere".

Stephen Arum

Catonsville

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