Gun owners aren't paranoid, just realistic

In your editorial about state police efforts to speed approval of gun purchases, you say gun buyers are "driven in large part by the kind of paranoia that the National Rifle Association trades in — the ever-present fear that government will take away Americans' right to own a firearm ("Badly targeted gun gripes," Sept 10).

This is not paranoia, however. It is exactly what Maryland Senate Bill 281 would do. Have you bothered to read any of it? Even if you have I am sure it wouldn't matter since you obviously have your own agenda.

Maryland's new gun control law bans the modern sporting rifles that most gun owners want, along with magazines that hold over 10 rounds of ammunition that most such guns come with.

So this is not paranoia, it is reality. It is the next of the many steps already taken by Maryland to deny firearms to the population. Maybe you can tell me how paying more than $100 for the right to buy a pistol is going to make us all safer?

Just this week the Annapolis Police had to shoot a man who was stabbing his girlfriend. After he was shot four times he was still able to stab her again, ending her life. So maybe you, in your wisdom, can tell me how many bullets it does takes to stop an evil man intent on doing evil things to good people.

Martin Kalister, Pasadena

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