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Give Us Back Our Gun Law

Discussion in 'Legal' started by gunsmith, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. gunsmith

    gunsmith member

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    Give Us Back Our Gun Law:uhoh:
    By Cathy Lanier and Vincent Schiraldi
    © 2007, The Washington Post
    Article Last Updated: 03/15/2007 07:55:58 PM MDT

    As lawyers in guarded courtrooms debate whether it is a good idea to preserve tough gun control in the District of Columbia, in the real world of the city's juvenile justice system, the jury is in. There is no single solution to the problems of youth crime, but strong gun control laws such as the one struck down last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit clearly make a difference.
    The public needs to understand that young people get their hands on guns differently than adults do - mainly by borrowing them from family members and friends or by buying them on the black market, according to a Justice Department study.
    Back in 1995, the number of juveniles arrested for homicides in the District peaked at an alarming 14. Juvenile homicides peaked nationally about that time; in fact, between 1984 and 1994, homicides committed by juveniles increased threefold nationally. During that period, juvenile homicides involving handguns increased fourfold, while juvenile homicides in which handguns were not a factor remained unchanged.
    Confronted with data such as these confirming the link between access to handguns and youth homicides, federal, state and local governments took action. In 1995, Congress made it a federal offense for juveniles to possess handguns. Jurisdictions around the country passed gun control ordinances and stepped up law enforcement efforts; Boston's Operation Night Light, for

    instance, made a priority of keeping guns out of the hands of children.
    In 1995 the District of Columbia already had one of the nation's toughest gun control laws, forbidding handgun possession in the home. This is the provision the appeals court recently overturned. But handguns still flowed easily into D.C. from neighboring states, fueling black-market sales and hampering the effectiveness of the city's in-home ban.
    In 1995 and 1997 laws enacted in, respectively, Virginia and Maryland prohibited citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month, dramatically reducing illegal gun sales as supply was choked off. The number of handguns coming into Washington from those states fell immediately after the laws were passed. Before Virginia passed its law, it was the No. 1 supplier of guns seized in crimes in Washington. Once Virginia's law took effect, Maryland became the largest source of guns seized in D.C. crimes. In the year after Maryland passed its one-gun-a-month law, the number of Maryland guns seized in Washington dropped from 20 to zero.
    These bans on multiple gun sales in neighboring states choked off black-market sales, while the D.C. ban on guns in the home reduced the ability of youths to borrow guns from family and friends. The result? The number of juveniles charged with homicide in the District fell 86 percent from 1995 to 2006. In 1995, 14 of the 227 people charged with a homicide in the District, or 6 percent, were juveniles. Last year, only two out of 106 people (fewer than 2 percent) charged with homicides in the District were juveniles. Because easy access to cheap handguns disproportionately jeopardizes D.C. youths, laws that restrict such access disproportionately benefit youths.
    No single factor can account for this substantial decline in homicides by D.C. juveniles. But to deny the impact of serious gun control laws and put guns back into children's homes would be misguided and dangerous. We hope the courts give us back an important tool to protect the safety of our youths and the residents of Washington.
    Lanier is acting chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Schiraldi is director of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.
  2. ptmmatssc

    ptmmatssc Well-Known Member

    D.C. gun laws = high crime rate . they can contest it all they want and try to blame guns from out of state , but truth be told , armed citizens tend to not be victims and criminals tend to shy away from attacking a person when there is a good possibility they are armed . Guess their reasoning skills were tossed out with their common sense . :rolleyes:
  3. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    You mean 19 years after this "important" law in question was passed?
  4. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    She's right, you know. If not for D.C.'s "strong gun control laws" the criminals would have to worry that their victims might be armed, and that might curtail their activities to some degree.:banghead:
  5. shield20

    shield20 Well-Known Member

    Then of course there was this:

    2 Chiefs, 2 stories 4 months apart - wonder which, (IF EITHER) is the truth???

    Which is it Chief?? Or is this all just more anti-gun rhetoric, since WE KNOW DC gun laws do NOTHING to help decrease crime rates.
  6. .cheese.

    .cheese. Well-Known Member

    Lanier doesn't belong in her current position IMO.
  7. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Name someone in D.C. government who does belong in their position!;)

    While you're at it, riddle me this:

    Now, in the case of the Line Item Veto, the Court ruled that Congress cannot give away any of its power, and overturned the line item veto law.

    How is it Congress can give away its power to the DC government?
  8. xd9fan

    xd9fan Well-Known Member

    who is forcing you to protect yourself?????? If you want to be a sheep..please go forth....
  9. jeffkirchner

    jeffkirchner Well-Known Member

  10. Soybomb

    Soybomb Well-Known Member

    I always question the logic of doing the same ineffective thing over and over again. Plus the idea of a journalist suggesting that the constitution be disregarded for the sake of mob rule is just kind of sad.
  11. pacodelahoya

    pacodelahoya Well-Known Member

    That right there is a vey good idea!:D
  12. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Give us back our Constitution.
  13. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    It's fun reading the comments to that article.
    Can be found here... Washington Post.

    Just a few samples for those of you who don't want to go to the post site...

    and so forth.
  14. Flyboy

    Flyboy Well-Known Member

    We did.
  15. xd9fan

    xd9fan Well-Known Member

    sounds like REAL homeland security to me.....
  16. gunsmith

    gunsmith member


    oops cap lock, but anyway, I can't comment and I have always strived to be concise and erudite
  17. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Well-Known Member

    How stupid can they be??

    Drugs Cocaine Marijuana are illegal in every state, and yet they are easily availible on the Streets of Washington DC. They have been Illegal since 1919.
    Where there is demand for an illegal product there will always be an ample supply. If guns were outlawed in every state, and some how we could magically secure our borders so they copuldnt be imported, some enterprising criminal would by a milling machine, and start making guns in their basement.

    The problem is the criminals, they just don't follow laws. The courts give them chance after chance, and they throw the chance away because robbing killing and drug dealing is all they know, its the culture they have grown up in.
    The problem is lack of values and supervision, I work in juvenile justice, and I see this first hand. No values taught at home = career criminal. And we are seeing them younger and younger, 11 12 year old armed robbers. Girls now too.

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