From a letter to the editor of the Bangor Daily News, a reader asks:

Maine has a strong tradition of responsible firearm ownership, an excellent record of safety and some of the lowest crime rates in the nation. For example, Detroit has a population of 700,000 and had 380 murders in 2012 while Maine, which has a population of 1.3 million people, averages 30 murders per year.

So, if more gun control leads to less gun crime and less gun controls leads to more gun crime, then why is Maine’s murder rate per capita 25 times less than Detroit’s?

Answering that might be racist. And, don’t even think of bringing up Chicago’s gun murder rate, where until a year ago, handguns were illegal and even today, CCW is impossible for the law abiding.

Vermont has one of the lowest gun murder rates in the country, too. Yet all the crunchy-granola, moved-here-from-away, liberal Democrats in the State House are trying to pass all sorts of new gun control laws.