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Gun laws don't deter criminals

I'd like to propose a hypothetical situation that too few people seem to be imagining themselves in these past few weeks. Please, consider this story:

Through some paranormal revelation, you know that you will be mugged tomorrow at gunpoint. You don't know when exactly. You don't know what your assailant will look like. You only know that your attacker will be armed. As a law-abiding citizen of the great state of Maryland, you cannot go out and purchase a defensive weapon from a licensed dealer. Even if you chose to forsake your spotless criminal history, you lack the black market connections to purchase an illegal weapon. However, your assailant, most likely a recidivist, is aware of more than enough avenues for the purchase of an illegal, thereby untraceable, hand cannon.

However the rest of the story plays out in your imagination, the crucial elements of this drama have played out despite stricter laws controlling guns. I'm a liberal. I'm not a gun owner. I don't plan on owning a gun. But even a paring of common sense forces the unbiased observer to realize that criminals are criminals because they don't follow the law. Therefore, making more laws will accomplish nothing but shred the defenses of the average citizen.

Jordan Buff, Baltimore

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