Dear Outdoor Editor:
I just saw the article published in the paper on Aug. 25 (We are well-armed in Md.). My 21-year-old son brought me this article tonight and said, “Dad did you see this article?”
As a minister in Allegany County, I commend you for supporting the U.S. Constitution and allowing us the chance to purchase handguns and rifles. Your article is a breath of fresh air.
Thank you for sharing our thoughts and giving gun owners a fair chance.
Several in my family recently purchased firearms in Maryland.
Every store in the area is inundated with men and women buying firearms.
We believe Gov. O’Malley just increased our passion for guns like nothing else before and many men in churches across western Maryland are eager to get their guns before Oct. 1.
The current laws to cease the access of guns to criminals and irresponsible crazed people, have only put a passion into citizens who want to be protected and own guns for hunting, target shooting, personal safety, and just for personal preference.
Since when is the government to put sanctions on law abiding citizens to prevent us from owning firearms.
Forty-four states have Constitutional provisions protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Maryland is not one of them.
In 1776, America's Founders came together in Philadelphia to draw up a Declaration of Independence, ending political ties to Great Britain.
Written by Thomas Jefferson, it is the fundamental statement of people’s rights and what government is and from what source it derives its powers.
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.
The Founders were declaring that we are all equal, and that we are defined by rights that we are born with, not given to us by government.
Among those rights is the right to pursue happiness — to live our lives as we think best, as long as we respect the right of all other individuals to do the same.
The Founders also declared that governments are created by people to secure their rights. Whatever powers government has are not just unless they come from us, the people.
Keep the articles coming to support law abiding gun owners. You are sharing for the majority in Western Maryland.
Pastor Bruce McBride
Calvary Baptist Church