Stop cam­paign­ing against gun rights

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES -

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?

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

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