Pubdate: Sat, 17 Oct 2015
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Copyright: 2015 The Washington Post Company
Author: Kenneth Matzkin


The events described in the Oct. 14 Metro article "Murder conviction 
in robbery of Montgomery home" played out as an unfortunate example 
of why the strident gun supporters' push for firearms as the best 
defense is flawed.

The victim set out to defend his housemates, himself and $17,000 of 
contraband with a firearm and was killed. Ironically, his defense 
failed in the face of not equal but lesser force, a cutting edge of 
some sort (which suggests that the mob who invaded his home was 
intent on robbery and not murder).

As a corollary, if marijuana were controlled in Maryland as it is in 
the District, the "goods" would have been worth far less and perhaps 
not valuable enough to steal (and ultimately murder for).

Kenneth Matzkin, Arlington
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