Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a true Democrat who speaks passionately about "common sense gun safety" ("Congress' refusal to curb gun sales is a national disgrace," Jan. 6).

Unfortunately, the passion with which he writes has no basis in fact.

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If guns truly kill and are dangerous beyond measure, why do we surround our president with 20 or more of them? If guns are most prone to kill, why do local, state and federal governments issue a million guns to employees who take them home to their wives and kids? And why is it that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled more than 25 times since 1792 that police officers are not responsible for anyone's personal safety?

Twenty children died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut because a principal called 911 and was then murdered. The same was true at a movie theater in Colorado and a government building in San Bernardino, Calf.

The Democratic Party hates the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Calling 911 and getting murdered is the true disgrace. The problem isn't guns (or any other weapon). The problem is those who would commit murder.

There are no words on paper that will protect anyone from the Sandy Hook shooter who murdered his own mother in her bedroom, and then calmly sat down to eat a big breakfast before going to the school.

Bill Krehnbrink

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