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Proposed gun laws won't deter criminals

Maryland gun laws are already ludicrous and unconstitutional according to a recent court decision. Now state Attorney General Brian Frosh, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller want to make them even more so ("Guns would be banned from Maryland college campuses under legislative leaders' bill," Feb. 10).

Their ingenious ideas are to prohibit people from carrying firearms on the campuses of the state's public colleges; require domestic abusers turn their guns in; and prevent people on federal terrorist watch lists from buying guns.

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Most gun laws are useless for preventing crime. By definition, criminals break the law. So if domestic abusing terrorists want to carry guns on campus, they will.

Gun laws only prevent legal gun owners from doing whatever legislators deem to be illegal. They will not prevent criminals from breaking these or any other gun laws.

If legislators really wanted to prevent gun crime, they would legislate a 30- to 40-year jail term without parole for any crime committed with a gun.

Then criminals at least might think twice. And no law will deter a terrorist.

But liberal Democrats will never pass a law controlling a criminal's actions, only the actions of already law-abiding gun owners. So Mr. Frosh, Mr. Miller and Mr. Busch: How about it?

Steven Pinson, Baltimore

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