Only criminals will benefit from D.C. gun control proposal

Re: "Innocent gun owners will be treated like criminals," From Readers, April 4

Maryland should heed Al Eisner's words about proposed gun legislation treating innocent gun owners as criminals. The District's absurd process includes fingerprinting, photos, a background check, several iterations of paperwork, an instructional class, a month of waiting and fees that roughly equal the cost of the weapon itself. Illegal gun owners in D.C. comply with none of these requirements. The end result is fewer people owning guns who care about the law, but little or no impact upon those who do not.

Furthermore, gun ownership obstructionists have no answer to the issue of 3-D printing. We sit on the cusp of a technological revolution poised to reshape our society as much as the Internet's onset. When anyone with a 3-D printer can produce virtually any firearm desired, criminals will care little about doing so without a federal firearms license. This will put bad actors even further out of reach of politicians' regulatory grasp.

Our legislators better wake up and realize that it is better to let people who respect the law have guns, lest gun violence becomes more rampant.

Brian Wrenn


GOP needs a 12-step program

Rightly or wrongly, Republicans are now viewed as anti-women, anti-Hispanic, anti-black and anti-social. Don't take this Democrat's word for it. The GOP has its favorite sons Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Joe Walsh, Don Young and Ben Carson (among others) to thank for that.

The Republicans' once all-inclusive "big tent" seems more like an umbrella for one. As Ron Fournier implies in his April 4 National Journal column, "One Congressman, Rand Paul, the GOP and What Ails American Politics," it's every man for himself, or herself, in the GOP these days.

The national Republican Party's autopsy of what went wrong in 2012 was a good first step for the GOP. It may not be possible for every Republican to sing from the same hymn book in 2014, but it certainly would be a giant step toward redemption if they tried. Absent that, I suggest the party sponsor its own version of a 12-step program.

Given the public's negative perception of Republicans, "working the program" may be their only way back. If true, then I can't wait to hear the first GOP lawmaker say, "Hello, my name is so-and-so, and I'm a recovering Republican."

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach, Calif.

Let's hear it for the other 28 percent

Re: "With Michael Brown bowing out, D.C. Council at-large race is wide open," April 4

In Thursday's article about Michael Brown dropping out of the D.C. Council at-large special election, Mayor Vincent Gray is quoted as saying, "I always support Democrats. I support the Democratic Party."

Does this affiliation extend to how the mayor runs the District? Has the mayor forgotten that about 28 percent of the voters are not registered Democrats?

The mayor is expected to serve the people of the District, not just the Democrats. Does this mean he doesn't care about the other 28 percent?

Vernon Mallu