Letter to the Editor: On Guns

On Guns: Don’t Restrict Law-Abiding Citizens

In response to the letter by Robert Wu, Gaithersburg City Council, I would like to reply concerning the issue of guns. Let’s compare the two most recent shootings: the first in Florida, the second that occurred in Maryland. The shooting in Florida: As it turns out, the FBI was warned about the suspect and did nothing to follow up. The Broward County Sheriff’s Department had four officers standing outside the school while the shooting rampage continued inside the building.

In Maryland, the armed resource officer went directly to the scene as trained and confronted the armed aggressor. Maryland has some of the most restrictive laws in our nation. None of the following would have helped. What didn’t stop the school shooting in Maryland:

  • Maryland’s Assault Weapons Ban
  • Maryland’s 10 round magazine limit
  • Maryland’s universal background check
  • Maryland’s law requiring an exhaustive application process to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun
  • Maryland’s law prohibiting the purchase of more than one firearm per month
  • Maryland’s law requiring licensing of handgun owners
  • Maryland’s extremely limited approval of concealed carry permits
  • Maryland’s refusal to honor any concealed carry permit from another state
  • Laws against carrying without a permit
  • Gun-free zone laws
  • Laws against discharging a firearm in public
  • Laws against attempted murder

What did stop the shooter in Maryland: “An armed person at the scene who engaged the shooter in less than a minute”—a good guy with a gun.

The City of Chicago has one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation yet has one of the highest homicide rates in the country. How does one explain this? Criminals pick gun-free zones. If there are no guns allowed in a certain area, this is where the criminals will target; it’s like shooting ducks in the open.

I commend Robert Wu for his service in the military. You do realize that a criminal record will deny a person entry to the military. You believe that military-style weapons should be banned, correct? How will that stop a criminal from gaining access to these weapons? Good luck with the drug cartels and gangs such as MS13. These guys use military weapons all the time, and guess what, they don’t need to join the military.

There are approximately 300 million legally owned guns in the United States. Of this number, I’m not certain how many are military assault weapons, but I would assume this figure is in the millions. How would you propose to ban all assault weapons?

So, how do we stop the school shootings?

You ever notice when you arrive at our airports to fly on an airplane they have what? It’s called security. Our nation has not had a hijacking since 9/11. Ever go inside a state courthouse or federal building? These buildings have security and guess what, they thwart any type of criminal actions concerning weapons. How about using the same resources to protect our students? Maybe we can contract with the Israelis. They have the best security in the world second to none. We could use some professional advice, and they would be more than happy to provide it.

You want to fight crime and be smarter than the criminals? Don’t restrict the law-abiding citizens.

Kind regards,
Steve Greenman, Kentlands resident