Anything you know about DC probably falls into three categories – it is the seat of the federal government, its citizens are denied equal representation under the law, and it was once the murder capitol of America.
Almost thirty-two years ago the District of Columbia passed a complete ban on handgun ownership. In the next three decades, the murder rate continued largely unchanged – and was actually more than double its 1976 rate every year from 1988 to 1996.
So clearly the law was a success, right?
Well, despite the fact that nobody in DC gets shot anymore, the DC Circuit Court has ruled the ban on handguns is unconstitutional since the right to bear arms is an individual right. The District’s argument that the Constitution doesn’t apply here because it’s not a state was also rejected.
The majority opinion also rejects the argument that the Second Amendment does not apply to the District of Columbia because it is not a State. And the majority opinion concludes, “Section 7-2507.02, like the bar on carrying a pistol within the home, amounts to a complete prohibition on the lawful use of handguns for self-defense. As such, we hold it unconstitutional.”
Now just in case you’re keeping score, if you come to DC, you can lie, cheat, steal & rip off the taxpayer; hit on young boys and your colleagues will help you hide it; beat your wife and threaten small children; stash bribery cash in your fridge; and shoot people, but you still can’t elect a member of the US Congress.
What a country we live in.