xml:space="preserve">
El Paso residents Cassandra Anchondo, right, and Leslie Rodriguez hug at a protest against President Donald Trump's visit, following a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead on August 7.
El Paso residents Cassandra Anchondo, right, and Leslie Rodriguez hug at a protest against President Donald Trump's visit, following a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead on August 7. (Mario Tama/Getty)

I find it insane how much The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board does not appreciate the right to bear arms (“This is neither the time nor the way to loosen Maryland’s handgun permit restrictions,” Aug. 7). You are upset that a state with horribly unconstitutional gun laws wants to relax them just slightly. You act like we should just give up our rights because less than 500 people a year die in mass shootings.

No thanks. Even when you include gang crime and suicide the gun death toll is absolutely dwarfed by the number of deaths due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Should we restrict deep fat fryers because 600,000 people die in the U.S. each year from heart disease?

Advertisement

In short, I’m asking you to quit campaigning against everybody’s rights (“Alternative Fact of the Week: Trump’s ‘hunger’ for background checks collides with his thirst for NRA approval,” Aug. 8). Once we give up rights, it’s difficult to get them back. And your ability to use a gun to protect yourself is definitely a right we want to keep.

Andrew Penhollow

Add your voice: Respond to this piece or other Sun content by submitting your own letter.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement