This feature appears in the July ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
The long, hot summer is upon us, and in many cities across the country, the increase in temperature is often paired with an increase in violent crime. In Baltimore, homicides are already on pace to reach a record high, and the city leaders seem powerless to stop it. Baltimore’s mayor is asking for help from the federal government, in part because the number of uniformed cops on the street is in steep decline. Baltimore has about 500 fewer officers than it did in 2001, and the city’s having a difficult time attracting and retaining first responders.
While the city did recently lift its ban on stun guns (in order to avoid a lawsuit it most certainly would have lost), elected officials and busybody bureaucrats still seem to think the easiest way to bring down crime in Baltimore is to make it as hard as possible for law-abiding folks to exercise their Second Amendment-protected rights. There’s been no acknowledgement in City Hall (or in the Democrat-controlled Legislature in Annapolis) that the Maryland Firearms Safety Act, passed in 2013, has been an abject failure. Self-defense still isn’t a good enough reason to receive a concealed-carry license. The taboo culture of illegal guns, illegal drugs and gang warfare is still dominant, while these officials do everything they can to stop a culture of responsible gun ownership from taking root and thriving.
Baltimore’s downward spiral can be stopped, but it’s not going to happen because of another gun control law. The city has to focus its efforts on those driving violent crime, while at the same time recognizing that the good people in the city’s most violent neighborhoods have a constitutional right to bear arms and a human right to defend themselves, their families and their community.