opinions wanted for my letter to the editor plz


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ZombieHunter
December 4, 2008, 06:49 PM
I've written the following letter to the editor. I plan on submitting it to several newspapers in Maryland where we recently fired 64k employees to save money but then turned and bought a 70 million dollar piece of land that no one wanted. I decided that in a state such as mine where people are always after the almighty dollar approaching the CCW issue from a dollars and cents perspective could be both different and poignant. I know some people dislike using Lott's stats b'c they're basically an aggregation of several studies but damn it they work and I like them. They're also what I happen to have available. I've posted the letter below along with my sources. Thoughts, opinions, revisions are welcome.



I’ve been giving a lot of thought to Maryland’s fiscal irresponsibility in light of our State’s decision to furlough 64,000 state employees and then spend $70 million on a piece of land that no one wanted. My problem stems from the Judiciary Committee’s treatment of House Bill 2 [HB2] submitted by Dan Riley (D) from Harford County. Available research shows this bill would have reduced robberies by 2%, rapes by 5% and murders by more than 7%. Thinking beyond the obvious, all those lives not destroyed by violence, one starts to wonder about the economic benefits therein. 50,000 violent crime cost Maryland over $1 billion in 2007. A 2% reduction would save over $20 million a year and 1,000 violent crimes.

In addition to this passive financial gain, HB2 would have brought in actual cash without raising taxes on anything. Extrapolating from similar laws already in place in Pennsylvania and Virginia, states already benefiting from this crime reduction, 1 out of 45 Marylanders would happily pay $30 a year, more than $3.5 million. What could be done with $3.5 million? New schoolbooks, cancer research, Bay restoration, renewable energy research are just a few things that come to mind.

By now I hope you’re asking yourself why you never heard about HB2 and the lives it could have saved and money it would have raised. Well the answer is simple really. Dan Riley wanted to restore your right to self-defense, he wanted to give you the same right citizens in 40 other states already have; Dan Riley wanted to make conceal carry permits shall-issue. Why didn’t it work? Because the Judicial Chairman Joe Vallario pigeon-holed it. $25 million dollars and 1,000 violent crimes a year, I think we deserve better than this.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/ascii/viocrm.txt
http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/mdcrime.htm

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hso
December 5, 2008, 10:37 AM
Interesting discussion, but Activism isn't a discussion forum. Right now you have an FYI thread, but no plan of action that RKBA advocates can follow to help out. http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=270671

What's your plan of action related to this?

ZombieHunter
December 5, 2008, 12:20 PM
My plan is to submit it to the newspapers. Can you move this thread plz?

hso
December 5, 2008, 01:50 PM
No need to move it if you come up with a letter format and someone to send it to so that members can follow in your footsteps.

ZombieHunter
December 5, 2008, 05:57 PM
hahahahaha i finally figured out the problem!

the text was is my letter :D

time to go back and edit

ServiceSoon
January 3, 2009, 07:29 PM
Very nice letter. Can you back up your figures with evidence?

Geno
January 3, 2009, 08:06 PM
I like the letter, but as you noted, it needs to be edited. I do enough editing of my graduate students' papers, and so I'll let you have to it. To the extent that you can, it is a good idea to cite a specific quote or statistic from references. If drawing a comparison, be very specific. Do not assume others will "trust" your word just because you cared enough to write. Read and reread each sentence to assure that you express a complete and specific thought in each sentence. Are you completely and accurately expressing what you’re thinking? Each sentence and each paragraph should further your ultimate argument. Again, I do like the message.

Doc2005

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