Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Help D.C. Area Residents

The 1976 Washington, D.C. Gun Ban stripped the D.C. areas residents of their Second Amendment rights. A February 28, 2003 column By Robert Levy ( which tells about an unsuccessful law suit to get their rights restored says, "For starters, no handgun can be registered in D.C. Even those pistols registered prior to the District's 1976 ban cannot be carried from room to room in the home without a license. Moreover, all firearms in the home, including rifles and shotguns, must be unloaded and either disassembled or bound by a trigger lock. In effect, no one in the District can possess a functional firearm in his or her own residence. The law applies not just to "Unfit" persons like felons, minors or the mentally incompetent, but across-the-board to ordinary, honest, responsible citizens." If you wake up to the sound of a thug or thief forcing their way into your home your not going to have time to get your weapon, unlock the trigger lock and load it before you are over powered by the intruder, and unless the police cruiser is parked right in front of your house forget about dialing 911. I don't mean to put the police down, but they can't be everywhere.

Two bills have been introduced in congress that would make it possible for D.C. residents to defend themselves. To read them go to, and type in H.R. 1288 for the House bill or S. 1082 for the Senate version. Please contact your elected officials and urge them to support this legislation.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger John said... sent to Congressmen. I'm really gonna get on their nerves as much emails they get from me.

Thanks for the info.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Chris Woods said...

Thats all people in DC need is more guns. Check out gun violence and crime statistics in DC and then tell me if people need to have more guns there. It'd be downright assinine to give people who commit lots of crimes even more means to do so.

8:25 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Chris, Are you saying all or most of the D.C. area residents are criminals? Did you know that firearms are legally used about 2 million times a year by honest citizens to save lives? Many times when this happens the gun owner doesn't even fire a shot, thugs and thieves don't like to face armed citizens they turn and run.I know of a web site I hope you will take the time to check out, . It is constantly being updated to show the number and types of crimes that are committed in the United States. It also shows the number of times firearms are legally used by private citizens for self defense.You suggested I check out the gun violence and crime statistics in D.C., I've done so many times in the past. It shows me the D.C. gun ban didn't work, the thugs and thieves are still armed and the honest citizens are victims.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Chris Woods said...

I didn't mean to imply that all the citizens were criminals at all (just the lobbyists on K Street ;-)).

While I recognize that DC does contain a lot of innocent victims from crimes that involve guns, I don't think offering a gun to the innocent is the best way to protect them. Gun accidents in the home are especially tragic, but my main reasoning is that you give people the idea that since DC isn't safe, you need a gun then.

Safety first, is what I say. When you give other innocents gun legally, the first problem is that their guns could be stolen from their home by the very criminals that they're trying to protect themselves from. Second, you create a legal gun market for those criminals to buy guns (assuming they find a seller who doesn't do background checks, etc.). Finally, you'll just increase the overall amount of gun deaths, and probably cause the gun violence in DC to grow even worse.

Protecting the people of DC is quite a noble cause, I just wish the House of Representatives would provide the DC police with the funds and forces necessary to impose the crime crackdown they're looking for.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I think D.C residents have the right to defend themselves as any other American does. In fact, being the nation's capital would make most people think it's swarming with police but that's simply not true. Something must be done and while this may not be perfect, it will help. (will email Congressmen)

10:18 AM  
Blogger TheAce0804 said...

The idea of living in a place such as DC with as high of a crime rate as it has, without being armed is frightening. I live in Colorado, which has a relatively low crimerate, but I take no chances when it comes to defending my family and myself.

I feel sorry for the citizens that have had their 2nd admendment ripped from them.

Chris: Don't think about the criminals in DC, they can get as many guns as they want, thats fairly obvious from the armed crime rate. Think of the innocent families wanting to protect themselves in the middle of the night when one of these crooks invades their house.

An email is on its way congressman.

10:25 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I wanted to let you know that I have e-mailed my elected officials, United States Representative Sam Graves, and both of my United States Senators, Jim Talent and Kit Bond and ask them to support this legislation.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

12:39 PM  
Blogger Theron Parlin said...

I agree that freedom makes our country great, but I would argue that as long as Americans feel they need to carry guns for protection, that we are not free. I believe that America has become a nation of walled cities, where homes are becoming mere hostile encampments and the occupents of those encampments are full of fear and apprehension.

In a nation where guns have brought about the imprisonment of an entire society, one must ask the question: What is freedom?

4:23 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I think freedom should mean we're able to live free from the threat of a tyrannical government infringing upon the rights of the people, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." There are some more. How many would you be willing to give up?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Theron Parlin said...

I'm not willing to give up any rights. I don't think guns should ever be banned, but I also think way too many people carry guns and for the wrong reasons.

I live in a nation where many people practically sleep with guns under their pillows because "what if someone breaks in?"

I don't own a gun and I sleep with my front door unlocked most of the time. Why? Because I'm not afraid of the world in which I live.

Just because you can carry a deadly weapon doesn't mean you should. I will not reside myself to live in fear of my neighbor.

As far as a "tyrannical government" is concerned, are you honestly worried about that happening in this nation? I mean seriously, let's try to be reasonable here. Do you honestly think the United States Government is going to "turn" on it's citizens to the point where we will have to take up arms against it?

Hey, it's your choice (that's the beauty of it) carry a gun if it makes you feel better. For me, I don't need a gun to make me feel better. I've lived for 32 years without owning a gun, and I don't suspect I'll ever need one.

Sleep tight.

7:00 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

You might want to ask Randy Weaver or some of the surviving members of a Waco, Texas church about the United States government attacking citizens.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

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