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Hostage crisis shows benefit of gun ownership

From The Suns coverage of the the Palczynski hostage situation (Police reveal tale of terror," March 23):

"Friday, he stormed into the Lange Street apartment., home of his estranged girl friend's family. McCord said he heard Palczynski banging on the door and called 911, but before police arrived, Palczynski fired as many as 50 rounds through the door. One grazed McCord's lip, he recalled. 'I let him in so he'd stop shooting, McCord said."

While all's well that ends well (and this mess did end very well), let me point out that this could have been concluded 97 hours earlier.

If a person started banging on my front door and then started shooting wildly into my house, let me just say that I would not let him in to stop his madness.

This is a perfect example of where the benefits of gun ownership would have far outweighed the alleged horrific dangers (of which we are so often warned by our liberal friends).

In stead of the police arriving to find the beginning of a volatile hostage situation, which dragged on for days, they could have arrived to find the end of a psychotic's rampage, finished by a few bullets from a responsible citizen's gun.

C. E. Harold, Westminster

Proposed gun law is an attack on rights

The gloomy classic "1984" pictured a goverment gone control crazy.

Our current state and federal governments have crossed the line into crazy when it comes to firearms legislation.

Our current governor seems to have compromised the legislature to the point of getting what he wax its, at least for the moment.

Next year, the extremists will be back with further restrictions. This has been going on in this state for many years. The goal is obiviously to disarm the citizenry.

Once again, the laws involved will have no effect on criminals or careless people. People will still forget to use safety locks. Criminals will find a way around any technical or legal device.

Our ancestors came to this country for freedom. The framers of the Constitution seem to have envisioned an armed citizenry as a buffer to a dictatorial government. Many Americans have died tc allow us to retain the freedomr we now enjoy.

But attacks on free speech, religious freedom and Second Amendment rights are increasing.

Will our children, grandchildrn or generations have to give their lives to regain the rights some among us would so blindly give away?

James F. Hiler Sr., Sykesville

The issue isn't gun locks but accountability

I am writing concerning your editorial "Gunlock raffle trumps 9 mm," (Marco 24). For your information, tne handgun that was won by Carroll County grandmother included a quality gunlock that was furnished by Beretta USA.

The focus by the media and those opposed to our raffle was on the gun. Not once was I asked, in the numerous interviews by the media, whether a gunlock would be provided with the handgun.

Since 1997, nearly all of the gun manufacturers have included locks with their firearms per an agreement with the Clinton Administration.

If the Howard County Democratic Central Committee wants to raffle off a gunlock, then more power to them. The only question I have is: "Since the gunlock manufacturer does not provide a gun with its gunlock, what will the winner use the gunlock on?"

These liberals don't want law-abiding citizens to own guns and since they don't own guns themselves, maybe the winner can donate the lock back to the committee so it can raffle it off again. The winner of our raffle sure doesn't need it.

We're all for safety. I don't think any person who likes to use guns responsibly is opposed to keeping guns out of the hands of children or criminals.

However, gunlocks are not a panacea for gun safety and personal accountability. It is time we hold those who act irresponsibly or criminally accountable for their actions instead of relying on a mechanical device to insure our safety.

W. David Blair, Manchester

The writer is chairman of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee.

What is happening in criminal justice?

In November, 1998, a Carroll County man, driving with an alcohol blood level of .19 hit another car. He was found guilty of committing homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated in the death of a 20-year-old passenger in that car. Sentenced in September 1999 to five years, with all but one year suspended, he will be released June 23 having served no more than 10 months. The reasons for the request for early release from home detention, which was granted by Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr., were flimsy at best - and that is being charitable.

Carroll County residents maybe aware of this but everyone needs to know.

Joyce E. Gorsuch, North East

On March 27, a man serving in the Carroll County Detention Center was told he would be released a month early, with credit for good behavior.

He had bee a sentenced to five years, with al. but one year suspended, on one count of committing homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated.

He had killed a 20-year-old girl, a passenger in the car he crashed into. When he is released, he will have served a - otal of nine months.

Also on March 27, a man was found guilty o two counts of second-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest, and was sentenced to 10 years, of which all but 18 months were suspended.

A drunk driver kills someone and is sentenced to five years. A man assaults others (but no deaths here) and is sentenced to 10 years. Both have most of their sentences suspended.

Something is very wrong here.

Joan M. Reid, Westminster

Support for nurses is vital to quality care care

The nursing profession is in a crisis of unseen proportion.

The average nurse today is 46 years old. Far more people are leaving this profession than are entering it.

Nurses have had little if any real power in the policy/financial, decision-making aspects of health care.

Anyone in a successful business knows if you don't have real influence in those areas, you are not going to have the opportunity to facilitate change.

Nurses clearly play a significant role in patient outcomes. Imagine for just one minute, entering any health care office or facility and not having a nurse there to care for you or your loved one. Just the thought alone is frightening.

Recognize and reward this important profession as you would any other professional who is critical to the success of your organization. Someday your life may just depend on it!

Sen. Paula Hollinger, R.N. has introduced a bill to form a Commission on Nursing that will address this nursing crisis so that Marylanders continue to have the best nurses available.

Let your legislators, hospitals, and physicians know how concerned you are about this issue. The next time you see a nurse, give her your support and thanks.

Doris Lindenmuth, R.N., Finksburg

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