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DC Handgun ban - Pro-gun article

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Brian in Oregon, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    D.C. handgun-ban backers oblivious to reality<br>
    By Tom Knott<br>
    February 21, 2008<br>
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    Since 1976, the criminals of the city have carried handguns and killed with impunity, while the law-abiding have cowered in their midst.<br>
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    This is not what the D.C. Council imagined 32 years ago when it enacted what is regarded as the strictest gun-control measure in the nation. The law did not work out as envisioned, because criminals, serial killers and nut jobs who go postal do not follow the law. This elementary observation inevitably escapes the thought process of the well-meaning.<br>
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    Instead, the well-meaning point to the easy availability of handguns in Maryland and Virginia being the bane on the ban in the city, which is fair enough. So let's imagine a national ban on handguns, just as there is a national ban on cocaine and heroin and other assorted substances. You know how this hypothetical ban would go down. A vast, unregulated black market suddenly would move into place to answer the demand, and the flow of handguns would remain as it ever was.<br>
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    This is the reality that befuddles those politicians who endeavor to control more and more aspects of life, ostensibly to save lives. But humans, being the unruly animals that we are, find creative ways to skirt their puppeteers.<br>
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    The matter of handguns in the city is before the Supreme Court now because of a security guard, Dick Anthony Heller, who thought it was the height of hypocrisy that he could carry a handgun to defend a federal building but could not keep one in his home to defend himself.<br>
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    The Second Amendment case, the District of Columbia v. Heller, No. 07-290, is the first to go before the Supreme Court since 1939. Oral arguments are expected to begin next month; a ruling could come down in the summer.<br>
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    I do not pretend to know how the nine justices will rule. I just know that out on the streets, far removed from the insulated federal buildings downtown and the fantasies often peddled by professors from their ivory towers, the issue of self-defense is considerably more gray.<br>
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    Even in the so-called nicer parts of the city, there are streets that you dare not walk at night if you want to stay in possession of your health, money, credit cards and high-tech gadgetry.<br>
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    There is something unsettling about a message that informs gang members and thugs that their prey will be unarmed and helpless. And that is the message, no matter how city lawmakers and the like-minded try to spin it otherwise.<br>
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    The police cannot be everywhere at once, and, to be honest, a blood-free mugging is not high on their priority list. A mugging is the city's equivalent of a badge of honor. You are not a genuine resident of the city unless your bicycle has been stolen, your automobile has been broken into and a crackhead has visited the roof of your home looking for an entry point.<br>
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    It is true that a crackhead has rights, and it would be wrong to shoot him just because he is on the roof of your home in the middle of the night. He could be a loving crackhead. Or he could be a good Samaritan crackhead who wants to patch your roof. You just never know.<br>
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    But as you try to determine if it is a roof-repair crackhead or merely a crackhead who wants to rob you, it would be nice to have an instrument of persuasion in your possession.<br>
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    Now I know what our lawmakers would say. Do not take the law into your hands. Call police and wait on their arrival. And that is sound advice if the crackhead is in the mood to wait on police.<br>
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    Crackheads, though, are not that good about following advice. Perhaps the D.C. Council could pass a law that requires crackheads to wait on police while burglarizing a home. It might be as effective as the handgun ban.<br>
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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080221/METRO/905802279/1004/metro
     
  2. trappermike

    trappermike Well-Known Member

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    I stayed in DC about 10 years ago. Didn't know much about the city and I was feeling pretty safe. The sun was beginning to set as my wife, daughter and I went in to a Quick shop for something, I don;t even remember what. The black store clerk asked what the hell I was doing. I told him we were on our way back to the hotel after dinner. He told me in no uncertain terms that I need to go to the hotel and not come out until morning. I thanked him and we caught a cab for the 4 block ride. The cabbie also told me to get inside and stay there. I felt out of place. Not a very safe place even if they don't have guns. Or do they?

    Mike
     
  3. Mike Battista

    Mike Battista Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    All of the above are correct and true. I carried a badge and gun for DC Police for twenty seven years. The politicians there are out of their minds. At one time the officials cruisers had shotgun racks in the front area between the seats. They were removed because the racks "frightened" some of the citizens. At one time the DC government entertained the idea that if someone was convicted of murder their drivers permits would be revoked. During the early eighties, to cut reported crime, the crime reports were down graded from felonies to misdemeanors. During one of the city festivals, Human Kindness Day, there were over four hundred robberies, assaults, rapes, stabbings that occurred on the Washington Monument grounds that were classified under one crime report or event number. And the mentality then is still there today. I retired in 1996 and waved good by to the city as I crossed the 14 th Street bridge
    Mike Battista
     
  4. drh08

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    I hope they shoot down the ban in DC because it is truely just wrong. I would like to caution everyone that says if the bad is lifted and the law abiding citizen can now carry a gun that crime is going down. Statisticaly it has never happened that way. We have recent data you can look at that involves gun cuntrol. I think the most recent is here in Minnesota. yup we passed a right to carry law where it was much easier for anyone to get a permit to carry. It was actualy fun to listen to both sides of this argument. One side pretty much said the streets will run red as everyone shoots everyone else. The other side said crime is going down because the thugs will think twice knowing their target may be carring. Businesses went crazy putting up signs that state this place bans guns so no one would bring a gun it. I simply looked at it as said won't make any difference one way or the other. Guess what, the streets didn't run red and crime didn't plummet, it was a statistical mute law that was passed. So if you think crime in DC is going down because you can get a hand gun you are wrong, it won't go down. However on the flip side the idea that gun crimes are going to shoot through the roof in DC ( can it get worse?) isn't going to happen either. I am sorry people but when you run into someone who wants gun control to stop the violence on the streets and you state if everyone had the ability to carry it wouldn't happen is just wrong. The only funning thing about it both of you are wrong, it just doesn't seem to work out that way.

    Now, I hope the stike this law down also. Don't want you to think I am for gun control, but we realy need to check things out and use factual arguments and not hopeful wishes to convince people gun control is a bad thing.
     
  5. whos your daddy

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    I refuse to be statistic/ I was in DC last summer and packed the entire time/
    I had just came from NYC/ same thing there as well/ Are you friggin nuts, you must protect yourself and your family
     
  6. magnumthunder

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    drh08, I disagree with you. Look at Austrailia then tell me that gun control dont affect crime. JMO!
     
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