Oh boy! Mayor Fenty is taking the US Court of Appeals ruling that the DC handgun ban is unconstitutional all the way to the Supreme Court! If the Court grants a writ of certiorari, and I think the four liberal justices will, it will be the first Second Amendment case to be heard buy the Court in almost 70 years. If no writ is granted, then we get our guns.
Even if the case does go to the Court, I think it'll be a toss-up. This is exactly the sort of thing where Justice Kennedy will be the pivotal swing vote. I bet they decide to uphold the Appeals Court's decision. And that would be the right decision.
The DC handgun ban is an absolute joke. Councilmembers and the Mayor speak of it reverently. This law, after all, has saved countless lives. Right?
The District's law bars all handguns unless they were registered before 1976; it was passed that year to try to curb gun violence, but it has come under attack in Congress and in the courts.
Well, 1977 was the year of the Great District Crime Drop. Wait. It wasn't? Murder rates increased between 1976 and 1977? Except for a one year blip in 1985, DC murder rates have never decreased back to 1976 levels when handguns were legal. Between 1976 and 2007, DC became the "Murder Capital of the World" before seeing the murder rates cut drastically. Gun bans had nothing to do with the increase or the decrease. It's a fantasy that councilmembers tell themselves to appease the District's liberal anti-gun population.
Well, fuck the anti-gun population. I much prefer the integrity of the Constitution. Civil liberties are far too important to legislate away. If people want handguns for protection, godspeed to them. Any honest interpreter of the Second Amendment should agree with me.