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If felons can vote, why can't they own guns too? [Letter]

Regarding your recent editorial advocating giving felons the right to vote, to begin with, there is no such thing as an "ex-felon" ("Holder's civil rights agenda," Feb. 17).

A felon will always be a felon, just as an addict will always be an addict. They may be reformed, but they will still be a felon or an addict.

That being said, I'm not entirely convinced that these people should be prohibited from voting. They have, after all, served their time and are alleged to be reformed. That would mean they should also be permitted to own a gun, right?

Currently they can't vote or own a gun. It's only fair that if you reverse one restriction out of a "sense of decency" that the other also be reversed.

Or is the whole reason to lift voting restrictions simply political and not to "do the right thing?"

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills

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