DC's urban myth
I wasn't trying to bash you, but when you put things
like gun law out there for people to read, you have to
be 100% accurate. Yes, these rules are for legally
registered firearms in DC. And that old cut-off date
was for handguns. If you have a weapon that meets all
the legal requirements (typically any standard rifle
or shotgun, subject to capacity & length
requirements), you can register it, which includes
having to study the DC gun laws & pass a test.
And I'm not advocating that everyone arm themselves.
Its an individual choice based on one's comfort level.
People shouldn't buy a gun just to have one, because
if they lack confidence or have a false sense of
security, it may actually make matters worse in a home
I certainly agree with you that handguns are a
problem, but they are a symptom of the crime & poverty
in DC. It's not that the gun laws aren't being
enforced, but rather that handguns are just too
prolific. They're really like telephones or TVs, &
until you eliminate the crime, especially the drug
trade, you will continue to have scores being settled
The best thing we here in 5D can do is work with the
police by going to the meetings, getting contact info
for the officers, passing along information, calling
3/911, working in a neighborhood Partnership for
Problem Solving, writing our elected officials &
keeping the pressure on them, & so on.
Have a Happy Holiday, & stay safe.
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