While we wait for the Supreme Court…

H&K .40 compact

Originally uploaded by seanbonner.

…let’s talk about the DC gun ban, shall we? Pictured here is Metroblogging-founder Sean Bonner’s H&K .40 compact. He would be legally prohibited from keeping this firearm, even in its unloaded state, if he lived in DC, instead of on the mean streets of Silver Lake. The Post today explores the success/failure of the gun ban’s 31 years on the books. While it makes no conclusion, it does bring out the salient arguments from both sides:

  • Gun bans won’t stop criminals from carrying (an obvious statement coming from criminal/mayor/councilman Marion Barry)
  • A Gun ban in the District won’t affect Maryland and Virginia, where guns are largely freely available
  • Gun bans may only prevent home accidents
  • The ban didn’t stop rampant gun violence inside the District in the 80s and 90s when DC was the murder capital of the US

So, with word coming today from the Supreme Court as to whether or not they’ll rule on the current challenge, what do you make of a gun ban in the District? Good policy? Bad policy? Constitutional or not?

7 Comments so far

  1. EdTheRed (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    Positives about repealing the gun ban:
    * Gun nuts in the rest of the country (I’m looking at you, Virginia, with your NRA HQ) can finally STFU about DC.
    * D-Bag grandstanding congressmen from places like Texas will no longer screw with DC by trying to force the repeal of the gun ban down our throats.

    Negatives about repealing the gun ban:
    * Increased potential for domestic accidents involving handguns.
    * Need for an additional layer of bureaucracy in the DC government to deal with licensing issues.

  2. Stacey (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    Positive: ban would now allow adhering to, oh, the constitution.

    Yes, toss your voting rights/constitution flag at me. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  3. Mike Licht (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    The DC National Guard carries firearms. Right now. In Iran. You-all Virginians are so keen on States Rights – your own. Allow us ours, please, abridged as they are.

  4. Don (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    That’s a good point, Stacey. We should keep the gun ban in place lest the DCites gather up the necessary supplies to violently demand their rights.

  5. Mike Licht (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    whoops that was so dramatic, too. Iraq. I meant Iraq.

    Iran is next week.

  6. Joseph J. Finn (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

    "Gun ban in the District won’t affect Maryland and Virginia, where guns are largely freely available"

    Exactly why those states should get off their keesters and get real gun laws in place; or better yet, the federal government could actually start enforcing the 2nd Amendment and do the same thing, restricting the hell out of gun and ammunition production so that we can start paring down the surplus of unnecessary handguns in this country and stop dealing with this piecemeal local law crap. What is this, the 19th century that we have to go state by state, plugging holes in the flood of guns like a kid with his finger in the dyke?

  7. Don (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    I’d wave my magic wand and make all the guns disappear if I had one, unfortunately it’s in the shop. Since nobody else seems to have a working one either I really wonder exactly what anyone thinks can be accomplished at this point. The cow has left the barn and there’s more than one gun in circulation for every American. What good does reducing production or sale do at this point?

    I’d rather see money and effort put into education and mandatory training at this point. Trying to deal with gun violence by controlling access to the hardware itself was a lost cause decades ago.

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