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Opening Arguments

This is reasonable?

The weasels in D.C. government are responding to the Supreme Court's Heller decision with proposed rules showing they truly do not get it:

Here's what they're proposing:

  • Allowing an exception for handgun ownership for self-defense use inside the home.
  • If you want to keep a handgun in your home, the MPD will have to perform ballistic testing on it before it can be legally registered.
  • There will be a limit to one handgun per person for the first 90 days after the legislation becomes law.
  • Firearms in the home must be stored unloaded and disassembled, and secured with either a trigger lock, gun safe, or similar device. The new law will allow an exception for a firearm while it is being used against an intruder in the home.
  • Residents who legally register handguns in the District will not be required to have licenses to carry them inside their own homes.

How grateful D.C.'s citizens must be. They will be allowed to use a handgun -- one that's been taken to the police for ballistic testing, of course -- against an intruder in the home, after they've taken it from the gun safe, assembled it and loaded it. Sure hope there are some slow intruders in the nation's capital.


Harl Delos
Tue, 07/15/2008 - 12:16pm

God forbid that someone get the idea that the Bill of Rights might be inalienable rights, endowed by our creator.

Oops. I've expressed a thought without having registered first with the gummint to exercise my first amendment rights, and since I haven't registered with the gummint my intention to not incriminate myself, I can be forced to confess.

tim zank
Tue, 07/15/2008 - 5:14pm

Leo, this surprises you somehow??

bidness as usual.....nannies being nannies

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 7:47pm

Speaking of nannies being nannies and bidness as usual, abortion's legal and its opponents conjure up all sorts of local laws that make it near impossible to get one. Hey, maybe the right would be willing to compromise on it if all abortions were required by law to be performed utilizing firearms. Ah, bipartisanship!

tim zank
Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:28pm

de_tokeville: I think an argument could be made there is a really big difference between defending ones home with a firearm and ripping the head from the shoulders of a living breathing infant with a pair of hemostats.

just sayin'......

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:58pm

And I think there's no difference between nannies except for their pet causes and political affiliations. Just sayin'....

Why are the ones who want to make us pray in school any different than those who want to police what we eat at McDonald's? They're well-meaning people, all of them. Here in the Land of Freedom and Opportunity it's such a shame these people can't seem to get a life. Say, kinda like those of us sittin' here wankin' on the Internet.

tim zank
Tue, 07/15/2008 - 9:03pm

"Say, kinda like those of us sittin

Harl Delos
Wed, 07/16/2008 - 12:54am

Why are the ones who want to make us pray in school any different than those who want to police what we eat at McDonald

Wed, 07/16/2008 - 6:32am

My point, Harl, is that we're all nannies who think the world would be a better place if everyone else would shut up and let us run things.

Harl Delos
Wed, 07/16/2008 - 8:10am

My point, Harl, is that we