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Sensible steps to keep firearms out of the wrong hands

Over 2,000 people — 38 of them children — have been killed by guns in America since the massacre at Newtown, Conn., two months ago. The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times greater than other high-income countries.

We have brought down the death toll from cars, toys and medications through careful study and thoughtful legislation — why are we not able to enact legislation to protect ourselves from gun violence?

Taking the needed steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands does not violate the Second Amendment. Licensing and regulating of cars does not stop people from driving — but it does save lives.

When will we realize that the NRA's apocalyptic fantasies, underwritten by the gun industry, are not a sound basis for public policy? It is time for a common sense approach.

In poll after poll, a majority of Americans support effective background checks on gun sales and bans on assault style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

That's why we applaud the governor's legislative initiative to reduce the toll of gun violence in Maryland, and we urge our representatives in Annapolis to pass the legislation he has proposed.

Al Liebeskind, Columbia

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