Is the Mayor Using Again?

No, not Adrian Fenty, Mayor-for-life Marion Shepilov Barry. Barry inexplicably put forth a bill at the Council meeting that would suspend the gun-control laws for 90 days, which would allow handguns in the District for 90 days. I think the best explanation for all of this is that Barry is out of his fucking mind, evidenced by this quote:

“Let’s not only make our city safer, but people ought to feel safer,” said Barry. “Now I’m opposed to any citizen having a gun in his or her house, but there are some citizens who, they ought to have these guns registered, so we should accommodate that.”

Let’s try and parse this? “Let’s not only make our city safer.” Okay, got that. “But people ought to feel safer.” So, if the city IS safer, I expect people to FEEL safer in the city. They go together, right? Now I’m opposed to any citizen having a gun in his or her house” So, you want to make it legal for 90 days for people to have guns in their homes, but you’re opposed to citizens owning firearms. Wha? “but there are some citizens who, they ought to have these guns registered, so we should accommodate that.” It sounds, Mr. Barry, like what you really want is a gun amnesty. Turn in your gun, no questions asked, and the city will be cool with it. But, instead, you proposed that we suspend the gun laws for 90 days. Are you using again? Really? I mean, I’m all for removing the gun ban in DC, as it’s not preventing a good deal of violence. Homicide-by-firearm is still going on in the District, still powered by illegal guns, I don’t think opening it up again to residents being allowed to responsibly own firearms will make it that much worse, do you?

What was the Mayor-for-Life really saying?

6 Comments so far

  1. Jason (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    I will attempt to translate:

    “Let’s not only make our city safer, but people ought to feel safer,” said Barry.

    He is clumsily saying that letting citizens have guns will both comfort minds and make the city safer.

    “Now I’m opposed to any citizen having a gun in his or her house,

    He is trying to say: ‘I don’t think we should let every Tom, Dick, and Harry have a gun.’

    but there are some citizens who, they ought to have these guns registered, so we should accommodate that.”

    ‘But we should allow citizens who register their handguns with the police to keep them in their homes.’


  2. Wayan (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    Me and my felony friends,
    Wanna buy guns, but respectable like.
    So we can pose on the street ends,
    But not go back to jail, like I might.


  3. Jon (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    What does it take before this lunatic is no longer allowed to hold public office?

    The man should be in jail. End of story.


  4. sa-ra (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    you guys might say whatever, but i would suspend that suspension {as opposed to extend its life to infinity}. the original suspention is fine, but i might be too into michael moore’s movies. to take one side for sure, i really have to have lots of crime-related data. for now, i dont wanna gun.


  5. Mike (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 9:56 am

    “So, if the city IS safer, I expect people to FEEL safer in the city. They go together, right?”

    Among rational people, sure. Among 90% of Americans, no.


  6. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Free master blaster with every handgun registration, right?



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