Governor Oz is at it again ("O'Malley to push stricter gun limits," Jan. 15).
Other than distracting law enforcement and regulatory personnel from their worthwhile efforts and imposing fruitless burdens on them and costs on the people of Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley's fanciful legislative scheme will have no significant effect on gun crime, especially in Baltimore.
His proposed assault weapons ban, like the Federal ban from 1994 to 2004, will have no positive impact. Of the 217 people murdered in Baltimore last year, none were killed by "assault weapons" or guns with "high-capacity magazines," as those terms will be defined legislatively.
Stricter licensing rules will be irrelevant to almost all gun criminals who have always avoided licensing and instead have obtained their weapons by theft, black market purchases, clandestine surrogate purchases and other nefarious means.
Like the pathetic Wizard of Oz, Mr. O'Malley is a most ordinary man who is once again using farcical tricks and props in an absurd attempt to make himself seem effective.
Barry C. Steel, PhoenixCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun