Could adults who want to exercise their Second Amendment freedom to own assault weapons consider refraining from exercising this freedom for the sake of our children's well-being and safety, just as adults do all the time with many other freedoms?

All of us who are parents have forgone things we might have been quite free to do with our money (a new car, home improvements, or travel) in order to help our kids, in everything from braces to college or trade school educations. These may be things we have the money for, really want, or perhaps even need. But, we exercise our freedoms wisely and responsibly for sake of the next generation, and the good of the community and society at large, and so write out a tuition check instead of a car payment.

Although the Second Amendment as presently interpreted, may give the freedom to own assault weapons, I believe that responsible use of that freedom, given the present circumstances in our society challenges adults to voluntarily set aside one of their own wishes for the larger good of contributing to our children's physical safety and inner sense of security.

R. Frederick Crider, Timonium

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