If O'Malley doesn't like guns, what about his security detail?

With all the gun violence in Baltimore, I discovered that there is only one gun shop in the entire city. That one gun shop only services police, not ordinary citizens. Where are the thugs getting their guns?

Gov. Martin O'Malley's zeal to curb guns has incorporated the Newtown tragedy into his mission. I must ask myself, where was he prior to Newtown? I feel he is manipulating gun control and the Newtown tragedy for his political aspirations. I do believe a number of Maryland citizens might agree with me.

Governor O'Malley and gun control enthusiasts don't understand or won't understand why folks own guns. I have a suggestion.

Let's remove all the gun-toting staff that is protecting Mr. O'Malley around the clock. Then the O'Malley family members can defend themselves as Maryland citizens do by purchasing ADT, calling 911, getting a pet, or buying a handgun. State government could use that saved money for school security.

Recently, I sent an email to the director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates requesting the tax revenue from the sale of guns in Maryland specific to pistols, rifles, and ammunition sales. To his credit, he responded within an hour. His response was this: "Unfortunately, we do not receive the level of detail necessary from our sales tax returns to make determinations at that level of specificity."

With all due respect, I can't believe that the state of Maryland does not have software to sort through such data.

Joe Regula, Severna Park

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