Washington DC gun ban to be reconsidered
Since 1976, the US Capital (Motto: “Ain’t got no representation but still paying taxes”) has banned the possession of handguns. So unlike other American cities, hardly anyone is ever murdered there. Criminals break other laws, but for some reason they just meekly obey the gun laws. This has given rise to a uniquely DC tradition, the “Whiffle-bat mugging.”
That may be about to change next spring, as the Supreme Court considers the DC gun law. The supes will decide if DC’s ban is constitutional. If they go thumbs-down, the law goes and gun shops will be open before you can say ‘nightie-night’.
Just imagine what that could mean! The gun-free utopia of Washington DC could become like other American cities. Emergency rooms, unaccustomed to seeing gunshot wounds, would have to study up on the latest rescue techniques. But it won’t be all bad. Honest citizens will start packing, and according to the NRA, crime will virtually disappear as ordinary citizens routinely get the drop on hardened criminals.
OK, you may have gotten the idea I’m not being completely serious about this news story. What do you think? Should the ban stay or go? Does it matter?
- Ed Brayton over at Dispatches just got a discussion going and it’s already up to 17 comments after only a few hours.