Gun-Control Laws Hit Only Honest Citizens
John Mercurio's article offers some interesting insights into the mindset of gun-control advocates ("Maryland fight in guns looms," Dec. 24).
Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening is preparing to "enact the most restrictive gun laws in the nation." A poll by Mason-Dixon Political Media Research Inc., conducted in 1994, purports to show that 70 percent of Maryland voters "favored some gun restriction."
In reality, criminals do not obey gun laws, so the only ones affected by restrictive gun laws are law-abiding citizens, who do not commit crimes of any nature.
Since polls often tend to "show" what the pollsters want them to show (biased questions directed toward a desired result), is it not quite a stretch to attempt to justify enactment of the "most restrictive gun laws in the nation" based upon an alleged desire for "some gun restrictions"?
In contrast, a poll conducted by Luntz Weber Research and Strategic Services reflects a more accurate view of public opinion.
The Luntz Weber poll asked: Which of the following proposals do you believe would be more likely to reduce the number of violent crimes, mandatory prison (70 percent) or more gun control (25 percent)?
In reponse to the statement, "Other than for the police and military, all guns should be banned," 78 of respondents in the Luntz Weber poll disagreed and 21 percent agreed.
Mr. Glendening is quoted as saying, "I know there are those who will fight these proposals, and their tactic will be that this is the beginning of the end of freedom in America."
In the past, gun-control legislation has led to the end of freedom [to own any type of gun] for those in the District and in New York City. Only a fool or a liar would suggest that the ultimate goal of gun-control advocates is not total gun prohibition.
Some of our more "honest" politicians have clearly stated that, if it were within their powers, they would confiscate every gun in this country.
How would our government go about confiscating guns from law-abiding and honest citizens (keeping in mind that government has had little success with disarming criminals)? …