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Violent crime goes down when citizens are armed

I can remember when the news media were the watchdog and protector of the honest citizen, but your editorial on the federal ruling finding Maryland's gun-carry law unconstitutional reveals how far The Sun has moved to the left ("Attack on Md.'s gun laws," March 7).

I worked the third shift on the northeast side of Baltimore, and if you didn't carry a gun for protection you were very naive. The police show up only after the fact, and not for your protection but to investigate the crime. I moved to the Baltimore area in 1991, and I remember the first time (of many) I read of an honors student, who was a straight, church-going, non-gang member, being ruthlessly murdered by thugs from his own neighborhood.

If the culprits were caught, they averaged only about eight years in prison. Maryland doesn't execute, so the revolving doors murderers go through only encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

As an honest gun owner, I'm all for throwing the book at whoever uses a gun in the commission of a crime or who is a convicted felon in possession a gun. But what does our liberal state do? It slaps them on the wrist instead.

I am a holder of a concealed weapon permit from another state, and as one who carries, I know the liability for which I am culpable if I pull my weapon or if I ever have to use it. The criminals could care less; their main motive is to escape capture, and taking a life is just one of their tools.

It is a fact that violent crime goes down in states that have right-to-carry laws; Maryland does not, and it's a farce. It's about time the citizens won one.

Ronald J. Proskey, Hanover

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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