Anti-gun rant ig­nored facts

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In re­ply to the let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “The dis­af­fected find guns an easy an­swer,” in the Aug. 26 edi­tion of the Mar yland In­de­pen­dent, as with most anti-gun rants, Ms. Pip­pin chooses not to use and/or cite any facts. Why? Be­cause facts do not sup­port their ar­gu­ment.

States that al­low re­spon­si­bly armed cit­i­zens their right to bear arms have much lower vi­o­lent crime rates than those who don’t.

She says law en­force­ment “come down squarely against” in­creased gun own­er­ship. I guess the ad­vice of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Chief Cathy Lanier and Mil­wau­kee County Sher­iff David Clark aren’t con­sid­ered in her sur­vey as both have said that armed cit­i­zens are our best first line of de­fense against the crim­i­nals. She states some­thing about “in­dif­fer­ence to and im­punity of po­lice to kill blacks ...,” but misses the fact that three out of four peo­ple shot by po­lice are not black.

It’s time to face facts — re­spon­si­bly trained and armed cit­i­zens are not a threat to your way of life: we are here to de­fend it.

Stephen G. Baum­gart­ner, La Plata

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