The Sun’s se­lec­tive con­cern for mi­nor­ity rights

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - John Matthew McGlone, Towson

I find your re­cent ap­proach to the de­fense of our con­sti­tu­tional rights cu­ri­ously in­con­sis­tent and a bit ironic (“Gun own­ers, the vo­cal mi­nor­ity,” Sept. 24).

Your ed­i­to­rial claims that we are be­ing bul­lied by a mere 25 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion who own guns and that this “vo­cal mi­nor­ity” should stand aside and al­low the en­act­ment of the most com­mon­sen­si­cal of gun con­trol pro­pos­als.

I as­sume you would not see any of these pro­pos­als as be­ing an in­fringe­ment on the right to bear arms and that this mi­nor­ity should not worry about any loss of their rights.

How­ever, in con­trast, you have ve­he­mently op­posed what many would sug­gest are com­mon-sense ap­proaches to voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion laws, call­ing them an at­tack on the rights of the mi­nor­ity of vot­ers who don’t have a photo ID.

This sug­gests that you hold a highly se­lec­tive view of which con­sti­tu­tional rights are to be pro­tected, de­pend­ing on the mi­nor­ity in ques­tion.

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