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Gun control isn't the reason for declining Baltimore homicides [Letter]

Vincent DeMarco's letter ("Tougher gun laws are helping reduce homicides in Baltimore," July 5) is misleading in its attempt to credit a drop in gun related deaths in Baltimore to the gun controls enacted in October of 2013.

First of all, gun related murders have been going down nationwide over the past 10 years — down by approximately 39 percent. So this is a national trend, independent of Maryland's new gun laws. This at a time when gun ownership and gun purchases have increased dramatically.

Second, the 2013 gun murders in Baltimore were a high spike for the year, so it only follows that after a spike the numbers would settle back down. Again discrediting the claim that it is a result of Maryland's new gun laws.

I can't remember the last time a murder was committed in Maryland with an assault rifle. Yet semi-automatic rifles were banned in Maryland. What was the purpose for that?

It is scary that the author says, "There is more work to be done." Gun control advocates will never be satisfied until all guns are banned. The worst statement is, "as long as one person is killed." Well we could say that about a lot of other things: cars, swimming pools, knives, baseball bats, etc. As usual, though, the Sunpaper gives space to the misinformed gun control crowd.

Michael Peterson, Chestertown

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