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Tougher gun laws will increase violent crime [Letter]

The recent comments by Vincent DeMarco ("Tougher gun laws are helping reduce homicides in Baltimore," July 5) are flawed in many respects.

First he only points to New York City for statistics that support his views, but when other large cities like Chicago with strict gun laws are used, the reverse is true. Second Mr. DeMarco and The Baltimore Sun never report the statistics of how many people arrested for violent crimes have legal weapons. Third, the Maryland law has not made it more difficult for criminals to purchase firearms; rather, it has created a revenue source for the state and made it more difficult for law abiding citizens to purchase firearms.

Finally, could Mr DeMarco explain why the largest decreases in violent crime are in states that have less restrictive laws for firearm purchases and easier concealed carry laws, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center? This seems to contradict Mr. Webster who it seems is not looking at the total picture for crime stats.

If you want to really stop violent gun crimes, enforce the existing laws for unlawful possession and use of a gun in a crime to the fullest extent and do not allow the felons out on parole.

Ray Windisch, White Hall

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