Thursday, June 26, 2008

DC Gun Ban Overturned

Well, folks, 32 years after its inception, the Supreme Court has ruled that DC's ban on handguns is unconstitutional.

I don't really have a strong opinion on the matter (yet), other than that I really do not want to see or hear about more guns. Obviously people already have them, so hopefully with this ruling there will be more regulation on existing handguns and who is legally allowed to carry.

The Anacostia news related to this is what I read in this article, which describes one man's quest to, get this, build a shooting range on V Street in Anacostia! I would love to know which property he is hoping to build at, and at first read am adamantly opposed to the idea. A shooting range is the absolute last thing that needs to be built in our neighborhood - not because it is dangerous here, but because come on people, let's at least get a sit-down restaurant before this trash.


Magnifique said...

Although I agree that the mobility of a trailer is a problem, I am all for any legitimate business that brings money (and maybe even jobs) to local people. As the article says, the firearms industry will inevitably find a way to bring ranges to DC. Isn't it better for at least some of that revenue to be going to a local businessman?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely not! V Street is very residential with a few churches thrown in. I'm opposed to a shooting range anywhere around there, but particularly amidst family homes. We're having a hard enough time engaging the youth to make something of themselves. The last thing we need is to pique their interest in guns because it's one of the few local recreation business.
I'm tired of hearing about great locations being taken up by businesses that don't contribute to the daily lives of Anacostia residents. It's bad enough to have been bombarded with tax centers (who needs more than one or two?) and convenience stores that only cater to junkies.

The Advocate said...

Last night I was awakened by gunshots right outside my window with young people fleeing.

I wonder how many times I will have to hear this. Even without the ban guns on a street is a problem. It really makes no difference if someone is killed by a criminal's bullet or a stray bullet from a registered and legal handgun - dead is dead.