Impatient gun buyers, dealers are acting like toddlers

I commend Dan Rodricks' "Gun-buying frenzy in a summer of violence" (Aug. 4) for pointing out irresponsible gun dealers betraying public safety and the irony of the mad gun rush versus Baltimore's struggles with gun violence. But it doesn't end there.

The demand for guns has increased, but to a paranoid pitch. People who have never owned a gun or had training are racing for an AR-15 like their favorite brand of candy is being discontinued. After working on this issue through the legislative session, I do not blame the administration or Maryland State Police for the backlog, I blame Marylanders.

The state's new gun control law affects 40 assault weapons and clips holding more than 10 rounds. The only other significant differences are fingerprint registration for handguns and 4 hours of firearms safety training, if you haven't owned a gun previously. Yet this law has resulted in an unprecedented panic and now puts an undue burden on the state and tax dollars.

If my child is excited for a favorite "hot toy" at Christmas, it may be in short supply. You wait and sometimes you don't know when or if it will be available. It is surreal to me to see a demand-created backlog and have adults balk at the consequences.

As a mother, I say "no" and set boundaries for my children. We would all look askance at a child demanding what they want now and screaming that its not fair. And in this case, we are talking about weapons that can kill, through accident as well as by choice or impulse.

I have to be concerned when gun purchasers are so panicked they will dodge common safety precautions used in nursing, child care, education or coaching your own child's sports team, to name a few that use fingerprinting. And I'm even more concerned, when the gatekeepers of those weapons flout safety precautions for the general public.

I'm a mom, and my children can wait and understand consequences. I'm appalled that adults can't and won't do the same. Tantrums in any form are never pretty, and smart parents know placating that child with their "I want it now!" desire backfires.

Erin Gormley, Annapolis

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