Does anyone find irony in Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s call to abolish the death penalty [“Md. governor to push bill to end state’s death penalty,” Metro, Jan. 15] just one day after proposing new restrictions on gun ownership [“O’Malley to seek tougher gun laws,” front page, Jan. 14]?

Consider these data points from the infographic “Virginia vs. Maryland” in The Post’s Jan. 13 WP Magazine [“The great divide”]: In Virginia, there’s one registered gun for every 36 people and 214 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents. In Maryland, there’s a gun for every 71 people and the violent crime rate is 548 for every 100,000 residents. That’s roughly half as many guns but more than twice as much violent crime as in Virginia. Might there be a correlation between gun ownership, capital punishment and crime?

Peter A. Harrigan, Rehoboth Beach, Del.