In his letter published in the Dec. 26 issue of the Towson Times ("Banning guns is not the answer; gun abuse more complex") , R. Devereux Slingluff cites an event in China on the same day as the mass murder in Newtown, Conn., when a man slashed 22 children and an adult at a school. He tells us "this equally horrible event was perpetrated by a human, not the knife."

But Mr. Slingluff forgets to tell us that in the Chinese incident, horrible as it was, no one died. I repeat: no one died.

So were the Chinese and the Newtown incidents "equally horrible"? I suggest that the Newtown incident, where the death toll was not zero but 27, was much more horrible. And why was it much more horrible? Because Adam Lanza had guns.

The simple fact is that guns make killing very easy. I would like to thank Mr. Slingluff for making an unanswerable case for sensible firearms regulation.

Regarding your editorial, "Our letters policy presents a forum for residents" in the Jan. 2 issue of the Towson Times, I support the idea of publishing letters that are relevant to local issues, but this should not be defined too narrowly. For instance, firearms regulation is of nationwide concern, but it touches us all closely where we live. Letters on that topic are appropriate in the Times. On the other hand, letters on foreign affairs, or letters on national politics which have no special local angle, are not appropriate.

Paul Romney

Idlewylde