Like many liberal run cities such as New York and Chicago, the pervasive wisdom of DC lawmakers believes the bad guys should have the right to bear arms illegally but law abiding citizens should not have the right to legally bear arms, in fact let’s burden them with red-tape! Additionally, liberal DC councilmembers and the DC police department believes they should make it as difficult as possible for law abiding DC residents to defend themselves against attack.
In 2008, after the United States Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that DC’s gun ban was unconstitutional, the District remained determined to make it challenging to own a gun legally. Reporter Emily Miller wrote in her book “Emily Gets Her Gun” about her nightmare journey to becoming a gun-owner in DC.
DC only allows one business, CS Exchange , to sell firearms in the city and only has a little over 30 firearms instructors certified by the Metropolitan Police Department to teach safety classes. Why make it easy to own a gun legally?
Responding to the recent federal judge ruling on the district’s open carry ban, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said:
“When Heller came out in 2008, people said ‘Oh, street crime’s going to go down.’ Well Heller only allows you to have a handgun in your home, and guess what happened Burglaries went up. So I don’t know if there’s any valid debate on the crime side.”
According to Police Chief Lanier’s logic, criminals should have unfettered access to firepower but as crime goes up, law abiding DC residents should be forced to go through hoops to buy guns and mere pepper spray to defend themselves. Because anything else makes too much common sense to liberals like Lanier.
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