It may take years, but make no mistake, the time will come when the United States will adopt laws similar to those in European nations—laws which virtually ban handguns altogether and which place the most stringent restrictions on ownership of any kind of firearm. There is no other answer.
Baltimore Evening Sun
January 4, 1991
[Reading the history of the Evening Sun results in enough schadenfreude to cause me to sleep with a smile on my face tonight:
In 1959, the afternoon edition’s circulation was 220,174, compared to 196,675 for the A.M. edition. However, by the 1980s, cultural, technological and economic shifts in America were eating away at afternoon newspapers’ market share, with readers flocking to morning papers or switching to nightly television news broadcasts. In 1992, the afternoon paper’s circulation was 133,800. By mid-1995, The Evening Sun’s readership — 86,360 — had been eclipsed by The Sun — 264,583. The Evening Sun ceased publication on September 15, 1995.
In the 1990s and 2000s, The Sun began cutting back its foreign coverage. In 1995 and 1996, closed its Tokyo, Mexico City and Berlin bureaus. Two more — Beijing and London — fell victim to cost-cutting in 2005. The final three bureaus — Moscow, Jerusalem, and Johannesburg, South Africa — fell a couple years later. All were closed by 2008, as the Tribune Co. streamlined and downsized the newspaper chain’s foreign reporting. Some material from The Sun’s foreign correspondents is archived at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
So, it turns out the prediction made by The Evening Sun of the disappearance of gun ownership in the United States more accurately reflects the disappearance of The Evening Sun and it’s sibling paper The Sun.
But the biggest take away from this is that you should never let anyone get away with telling you that no one wants to take your guns.—Joe]