Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 17, 2013

Thousands supported Second Amendment, not hundreds

I would like to start by referencing back to the Feb. 7 article, “Gun control hearing draws big crowd,” written by Brian Witte of the Associated Press (Page 1B).

The article, which stated in the first paragraph, “As hundreds of residents came to the state capitol to either support the bill or denounce it as an erosion of the Second Amendment right to bear arms,” is false!

As it sounded in the article, there were only “hundreds” meaning to me, when I read it, anywhere between 200 and 1,000, the same as had been in attendance the week before supporting gun control.

This was not the case, as I was there, along with many others from the Western Maryland area. I received an email the next day, from Delegate Don Dwyer of Anne Arundel County, which stated the following:

“You showed up in droves yesterday! Thank you! We estimate that there were 3-4 THOUSAND of you wall to wall in Lawyer’s Mall and in the Miller Senate Building. You stayed all day and stood in the cold or in line to testify. You numbered so many that they had to close the building for safety reasons at the request of DGS (Maryland Capitol) Police and State Police because of the fire code capacity. This has never happened in Annapolis! And you all did it!”

It was great spending all day with such nice people and such a great experience for me knowing there were so many people in this state who feel the same way on this issue and supporting the Second Amendment.

While we were in Lawyer Mall rallying, we ran into Delegate Kevin Kelly. He stopped and talked to us for a couple of minutes and was surprised and very delighted to see so many of us from Western Maryland make the drive to Annapolis Maryland for this cause.

I just wanted to make things clear since I was personally there to witness thousands, not hundreds, as stated by the Associated Press.

Jeremy Potts

Cumberland

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