Ruling just more evidence of racial discrimination

Re: "Tom Perez and his 'disparate impact' hiring quotas lose in court," Editorial, May 16

Thankfully we are a nation of laws and not of men, so the myopic ruling of a federal appeals court setting aside the appropriate verdict and damage award arising out of the racist hiring practices of the New York City Fire Department will be appealed and overturned.

This "disparate impact" ruling is just another incarnation of discrimination in our nation, sharing the same space with segregation, separate but equal, redlining, profiling or any other offensive racial practices that still contaminate our country.

One hopes the Department of Justice will move forward to appeal this ruling and defeat the ever-changing face of inequity in our nation.

Greg Thrasher


Plane Ideas

National Harbor, Md.

Restrictive gun laws only help the criminals

Re: "O'Malley to sign gun bill as shooting deaths decline," May 16

Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, is either ignorant or disingenuous when he says that "O'Malley's law is very necessary because too many people die every year because of gun deaths."

But the reason for the drop in murders and violent crime during the past 20-plus years is due to less restrictive gun laws for the law-abiding. In 1986, only eight states permitted an individual to lawfully carry a firearm. There are now 42. While relaxing gun restrictions on the law-abiding, they passed stronger laws against those committing crimes with guns.

Of the eight minority states that restrict or prevent lawful carry, violent crime rates have risen when compared with those states that permit concealed or open carry.

In 1997, the year before Massachusetts passed a similar law to Maryland's newly passed SB281, there were 1 million gun owners and 65 murders. In 2011, Massachusetts had only 200,000 gun owners and 122 murders.

The Maryland and Massachusetts laws make gun ownership so onerous that they create a de facto ban and are thus an unconstitutional infringement upon the Second Amendment. They only aid criminals who take advantage of the unarmed populace.

When criminals know that citizens are armed, they're less likely to commit a crime. The NRA's Wayne LaPierre was right: "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Jeff Underwood

Fulton, Md.

Gosnell did his killing with Americans' tacit consent

Re: "Kermit Gosnell's 'clinic of horrors,' " May 15

The good news: Abortionist Kermit Gosnell's 30-year practice has ended. Children who otherwise would have been denied their "unalienable right" to life will have the opportunity to be born and breathe, cry, eat, sleep and grow.

The bad news: To what degree is each American also guilty of the carnage that occurred in his "house of horrors" during those 30 years, and throughout America since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision? And which continues daily with our full knowledge and tacit consent?

By now, some 55 million of America's posterity have been aborted. In this modern day, can anyone really claim not to be aware that life begins at conception?

And is not the federal Life at Conception Act precisely what is needed to protect the most vulnerable among us and thus affirm, once and for all, that life is our God-given, premier and unalienable right?

Richard Stark