The Sun should understand that any law that restricts people's right to own a gun is illegal ("Panicking over Md.'s gun law," Jan. 13). Our Second Amendment provisions exist outside regulation, local laws or public opinion regardless of whether you are for it or against it. It is simply the absolute law of the land that supersedes all laws that contradict it. It is illegal to create any law that contradicts our Bill of Rights. I cannot fathom why there are even discussions on the subject. Arguing against the Second Amendment in any fashion would be like asking to debate our right to free speech, religion, illegal searches and seizures, etc.
Regardless of anyone's personal opinion, the only hype that is manufactured is the concept that guns are something that need regulation. If you look at sheer numbers, gun-related deaths are so statistically small that they virtually do not exist, especially when compared with real issues. Negligent medical complications kill many more than all gun deaths of every sort put together. What about the children though? What of their safety? What a joke. Why not simply stop abortions that account for millions of child deaths and make an actual difference? Car-related deaths are astronomical, but no one is calling for making cars illegal. Cigarettes killed almost a half-million people last year.
All this made-up hype is merely a distraction technique to further control and manipulate the population. If public safety is the primary concern, would it not make sense to start with the problem that causes the most deaths first then the second most and so on? Why spend so much unnecessary time, effort and lobbying on the smallest problem first that wouldn't make a statistically noticeable difference if every firearm death was prevented? A little common sense would sure go a long way here.
Blu Cartmell, Midland, Texas
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