If the Second Amendment is written in the "very easy-to-understand language" that he claims, why is David Titus afraid to properly quote it (letter, May 1)?
I quote: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Neither Mr. Titus nor the National Rifle Association can wish those first 13 words away with selective editing. The federal courts have consistently ruled that the Second Amendment does not confer upon individuals any kind of right to stockpile an arsenal.
Mr. Titus calls David Koresh and others like him "madmen" and "nuts." It is difficult to see such madmen as constituting "a well-regulated militia." But according to the NRA, that's just what they are.
The NRA lobbies for David Koresh and other "nuts" to be allowed to legally stockpile an arsenal containing, in Koresh's case, more than 150 AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles, as many as two million rounds of ammunition and an anti-tank gun that shoots .50-caliber machine gun bullets. (These bullets are the size of hot dogs.) The NRA spends millions of dollars each year lobbying to arm those whom even Mr. Titus labels "nuts" and "madmen."
Mr. Titus talks about "the price we have to pay" to preserve the sanctity of the Second Amendment; 22,000 lives lost every year is too high a price to pay for a distortion promulgated by the madman's lobby.
Jane F. Caplan
The writer is deputy executive director, Marylanders AgainsHandgun Abuse.
To all of those who say there was no Holocaust, no concentration camps, I say: you are idiots.
A few weeks after World War II ended, my squadron visited Dachau. We saw the ovens with bones still in them. We saw the shower rooms where gas came from the shower heads.
We saw thousands of soles of shoes; the Germans cut all the leather from them. We saw piles and piles of clothing that had belonged to men, women and children.
I have been so unhappy about the choice of names for our new stadium,Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
As a child I lived across the street from Camden station when it was a beautiful spot indeed.The yards around the depot were not a pretty picture; the station was.I enjoyed going in to admire its beauty with several friends.
I'm so glad that the old depot has been polished into a jewel from the past but I'm so disappointed that the ballpark has been named for the yards (which were mostly used for garabage) instead of the lovely Camden Station.
Helen A. Allen
I look forward to reading Tom Horton's " On The Bay" on Saturday mornings.
It is serious yet diverting,often instructive,seldom controversial and always written in an easy style.
Thank you for publishing the column.
There is an understandable desire to "do something" to stop the atrocities occurring in the former Yugoslavia. I share this concern, but cannot help noting that many of those who are most vocal in calling for a military solution will not be involved in the killing and dying.
Before yellow ribbons and "support our troops" bumper stickers begin appearing and Americans are included in the carnage, some questions must be raised.
What will military action accomplish?
What are the probable costs of military action?
How will military action protect the innocent, both those presently involved as well as those who will become enmeshed in this conflict through military intervention?
How will military action promote the long-range reconciliation necessary to bring lasting peace to this region?
How can these goals be achieved without increasing the misery and bloodshed already taking place?
Contrary to the claims of some commentators, this is not a replay of World War II. Though the Serbian regime is brutal, it is not the industrial powerhouse that Nazi Germany was.
Non-violent methods have not been successful to date but that does not mean they will not be successful in future. Nor does it mean that military action will yield positive results. The choice does not have to lie between military action and cold indifference.
True internationalism, including the hard work of conflict resolution, reconciliation and relief work, can hardly be equated with acquiescence, "doing nothing" or isolationism.
R.E. Lee Lears