Not surprising [Editorial]

We are heartened to hear County Councilman Jim McMahan’s unwavering support of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech for anyone.

McMahan’s comments came after unconfirmed reports of an Episcopal pastor in Harford County being censured, if not removed, for his public support of proposed legislation in Annapolis that would have allowed parishioners to carry concealed weapons to services.

“The best way to check a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, who is adequately trained to assess and address a potentially violent situation,” Rev. Thomas Allen, of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Abingdon, said after a press conference when the bill was introduced.

No matter the reason, and in this case it was someone advocating for the Second Amendment, every American needs to be concerned about and protective of our Constitutional right to free speech, a free press and a right to worship.

The times we’re in, with the President of the United States using his right to free speech to assail the freedom of speech of those expressing views he doesn’t like, are exactly what the creators of the Constitution were afraid of when they added the First and Second Amendments.

So if it takes a fear of infringements on the Second Amendment to get some elected officials to swear to protect the First, so be it. Just so long as all Americans vow to defend that amendment, too.

As for the proposed legislation that started this most recent talk of the First and Second Amendments, the proposal to allow guns in houses of worships and the proposal to arm teachers, both went nowhere.

That’s not surprising given the Democratic control of the state legislature, even with Larry Hogan being a Republican governor. We can no more see any such legislation that would expand gun rights being approved by our Democratic legislature than we can see any limits being put on gun ownership by the Republicans who control both houses of the U.S. Congress and the White House.

It’s just not going to happen. People on both sides of the gun issue have made up their minds and know clearly where it is that they stand so firmly.

People’s views on gun ownership and gun control reflect the sometimes nasty, almost always passionate views that so divide the United States today.

The problem is both sides are so entrenched in their positions that they won’t even listen to the other side, yet alone allow for the possibility that there might be some merit to their views.

Until each side climbs up out of their trenches and talk sense with one another on the gun issue, our great nation’s political divide will only deepen.


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We are heartened to hear County Councilman Jim McMahan’s unwavering support of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech for anyone.

McMahan’s comments came after unconfirmed reports of an Episcopal pastor in Harford County being censured, if not removed, for his public support of proposed legislation in Annapolis that would have allowed parishioners to carry concealed weapons to services.

“The best way to check a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, who is adequately trained to assess and address a potentially violent situation,” Rev. Thomas Allen, of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Abingdon, said after a press conference when the bill was introduced.

No matter the reason, and in this case it was someone advocating for the Second Amendment, every American needs to be concerned about and protective of our Constitutional right to free speech, a free press and a right to worship.

The times we’re in, with the President of the United States using his right to free speech to assail the freedom of speech of those expressing views he doesn’t like, are exactly what the creators of the Constitution were afraid of when they added the First and Second Amendments.

So if it takes a fear of infringements on the Second Amendment to get some elected officials to swear to protect the First, so be it. Just so long as all Americans vow to defend it, too.

As for the proposed legislation that started this most recent talk of the First and Second Amendments, the proposal to allow guns in houses of worships and the proposal to arm teachers, both went nowhere.

That’s not surprising given the Democratic control of the state legislature, even with Larry Hogan being a Republican Governor. We can no more see any such legislation that would expand gun rights being approved by our Democratic legislature than we can see any limits being put on gun ownership by the Republicans not only control both houses of Congress and the White House.

It’s just not going to happen. People on both sides of the gun issue have made up their minds and know clearly where it is that they stand so firmly.

People’s views on gun ownership and gun control reflect the sometimes nasty, almost always passionate views that so divide the United States today.

The problem is both sides are so entrenched in their positions that they won’t even listen to the other side, yet alone allow for the possibility that there might be some merit to their views.

Until each side climbs up out of their trenches and talk sense with one another on the gun matter, our great nation’s political divide will only deepen.

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