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Offline Big58cal

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Guns are up in D.C., violence is down
« on: June 01, 2009, 12:07:12 PM »
Guns are up in D.C., violence is down

Thursday May 28, 2009

About a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down 30 years of social experimentation in Washington, D.C., by declaring that the district's de facto ban on gun ownership is unconstitutional.

The city's gun laws were so strict that a security guard could not get the permission to own a gun, hence the lawsuit on the constitutionality of the district's statutes.

Disarming the law-abiding populace left them at the mercy of criminals. Violence escalated, with homicides at one point more than doubling the pre-ban numbers.

With the ban gone, Mayor Adrian Fenty was forced to ask city council to change the law and crack down on illegal gun ownership, said Peter Nickles, attorney general for the district.

Writing in the Washington Post in March, Nickles bragged about cracking down on gun violations. This, he said, led to a 5 percent decrease in violence in the city.

Which is nice, but the city still needs to answer the question: Instead of giving security guards and little old ladies a tough time in seeking a gun legally, why was the city not going after the gangs all along?

The failure of urban gun laws to reduce violence is based on holding inanimate objects - guns - responsible for the actions of criminals.

Criminals are cowards. They go after easy prey. This is why they target the poor, and not the rich.

Criminals also target the unarmed, which is why Washington, D.C., was a "gangsta paradise," to quote an old rap song.

Police occasionally give self-defense lessons to law-abiding citizens, encouraging them to use judo and the like to disarm a criminal.

Training the citizenry on how to shoot and carry a handgun might be a better investment. Everyone in a city does not have to be armed - just enough to keep criminals wondering if that "easy prey" is protected by Smith & Wesson.



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Re: Guns are up in D.C., violence is down
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 10:01:18 AM »
  O0 Yep on being armed! And their idea of hand to hand self defense is good EXCEPT for when going up against an armed gangsta.  :shock:
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