Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Opinion

News Opinion

Tougher firearms laws won't mean fewer gun deaths [Letter]

I read your recent editorial on gun violence and wondered why cities like Chicago and Washington were not mentioned ("Reducing gun deaths," Dec. 10).

These locales historically have had draconian gun laws, yet also high levels of gun violence. If the logic in the article was valid, these locations should be the safest in the country, but they are not.

The last section discussing the mental health restriction on gun ownership suggests it could prevent a tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook. But it failed to mentioned the weapon used was legally purchased by the shooter's mother and was stolen from her by him.

The editorial makes one wonder whether the writer was reporting a politically correct position instead of unbiased information.

Don't misunderstand me, I agree with the fingerprinting and the mental health exclusion. I believe anyone who has a Maryland handgun permit should have to qualify with the weapon before the permit is reissued.

I do have concerns about the license provision, however. You have to pass the background check before you get the license, so what is the point of the license?

If you fill out all the required forms, the information on the weapon's ownership is easily available to those who need it. Requiring a license appears to be redundant and simply another "tax" explained away as a fee.

John Laing, Baltimore

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • NRA's paranoia is catching
    NRA's paranoia is catching

    The Sun's editorial reflecting on the National Rifle Association convention in Nashville is an important statement on how the NRA has devalued our lives and our society ("Guns and the 'permanent darkness,'" April 16).

  • Maryland's gun law is working
    Maryland's gun law is working

    The gun lobby's lawsuit against Maryland's life-saving Firearm Safety Act described in Saturday's front page article does not challenge the constitutionality of the key provision of the act — requiring handgun purchasers to first obtain a fingerprint based background check and license from the...

  • Guns and the 'permanent darkness'
    Guns and the 'permanent darkness'

    By overwhelming margins, polls show Americans support universal background checks for those seeking to purchase a firearm to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are dangerously mentally ill. Clearly, the last thing you want is for some paranoid personality, ranting and raving...

  • What gun rights and marriage equality (should) have in common
    What gun rights and marriage equality (should) have in common

    In the article, "A unique Maryland marriage sits at center of Supreme Court case considering gay nuptials" (March 13), Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, is quoted as saying the following:

  • Punish the gun enablers
    Punish the gun enablers

    Thank you, Dan Rodricks, for continuing to focus on how criminals acquire guns ("Enablers of gun crime hard to trace," April 2). A felon's access to guns would be limited to theft without enablers. And thefts of guns would be easier to trace.

  • Hogan, guns and the attorneys general
    Hogan, guns and the attorneys general

    During the recent gubernatorial campaign, The Sun and several thoughtful citizens were perplexed about the discrepancy between the National Rifle Association's notorious A- rating for Larry Hogan and the candidate's repeated promise that he won't overturn Maryland's gun law if elected. In fact,...

  • Politicians who claim to understand gun crime don't have a clue [Letter]
    Politicians who claim to understand gun crime don't have a clue [Letter]

    The two clowns in Annapolis who claim to understand gun crime don't have a clue ("O'Malley, Brown are kidding themselves with the 2013 Firearms Safety Act," Oct. 6).

  • Md. gun law is working [Letter]
    Md. gun law is working [Letter]

    Jack Mccauley's letter belittling the Firearms Safety Act fails to mention the most important parts of the new law — the requirement that handgun purchasers get a fingerprint-based license and the authority for the state police to regulate firearms dealers ("O'Malley, Brown are kidding themselves...

Comments
Loading

54°