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Wash-Post Article on Gun Purchasing Proccess

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 627PCFan, Sep 2, 2009.

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  1. 627PCFan

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    Found this today on the Washington Post.


    I took 2 things away from it.
    1. The writer is someone who should not own a firearm because hes not comfortable with every aspect of it.
    2. Any bad guy in the MD/DV/VA area now knows how many family members there are in his household, and they are unarmed-
     
  2. Mike J

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    Makes me glad I don't live in D.C. Seems kinda weird for a grown man to be that freaked out by having a gun. I guess a lot of it just comes down to where/how you were raised. What you were taught & exposed to.
     
  3. Tommygunn

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    The first time I had a gun in my hand like that I was a tad ... "freaked." Not as much as this author, I guess, because even though I'd never owned one I'd shot guns before.
    One gets over it.


    +1 !!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Warhawk83

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    Zeuss throwing lightning bolts...:rolleyes:

    That guy definitely doesn't need a gun, he would be the guy we read about that shoots his wife when he thinks she is an intruder. Maybe she is the one that needs to learn to shoot...

    The process to attaining a firearm in that slumhole of a Capitol is ridiculous. Why don't these people understand that all they are doing is making potential victims jump through hoops? Bad guys steal weapons, buy illegal unregistered weapons, and shoot people. Bleeding heart morons.
     
  5. MarineOne

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    I liked the part about the "wild-eyed murdering-rapist crack addict" breaking into the house.


    Classic.



    Kris
     
  6. Moo 2 Drvr

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    I use to live in DC. What he described about the process is very accurate. I registered one of the first semiautos last fall. What a PITA.

    The police in the firearms unit don't like the rules either, but they don't make the rules. I'm glad the Heller legal team is suing DC to allow open or concealed carry. But the DC council will fight to the death to prevent it. Those people will never change.

    Now I live across the river in the free Commonwealth of Virginia. What a breath of fresh air in comparison. I will never go back.
     
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    This is a fantastic artlcle.

    AFAICT, it accurately portrays both the DC purchase-ownership process and a non-gunny's experience in getting and shooting his first firearm.

    More importantly, this article reflects the metro-type non-gunnies' perspective--and by getting it out there to a typical DC readership, will make many readers / viewers more familiar with firearms ownership.

    With familiarization comes less demonization. In the culture wars, this can only help 'our side.'

    Jim H.
     
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  8. Carl Levitian

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    I think it's great, and I aplaud the writer. It's a victory for our side when a far left liberal writer for the post deceides to keep shooting at a rental range. It means his eyes are a little more open toward our side of things, and one more ally is not a bad thing. Even if he's a screaming liberal post writer. At least he's trying. At least he's thinking about the other side of the coin.

    That's a h--l of a lot more than the Brady bunch would do!
     
  9. natman

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    It is a very well written article, both from the point of view of a brand new owner and as documentation of the hurdles DC puts in the way of exercising a constitutional right.

    Can you imagine the uproar if, say, a southern state put up the same sort of hurdles in order to vote? :eek:
     
  10. TX1911fan

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    In general, very positive. He still trades on some stereotypes, but the fact that he picked it up as a hobby was encouraging. The cop was classic.
     
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    Interesting read. It's good to see a press article where the reporter talks about the conflicts he has with ownership but not necessarily being against allowing ownership.
     
  12. Madcap_Magician

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    I think this was a high-quality and honest article about someone who admits his lack of knowledge about guns and his initial bias against them and does his best to be fair-minded and learn.
     
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    A column writer for the Washington Post stating that he enjoys shooting and plans to visit the range....he better start looking for a new job, his days are numbered.
     
  14. cerberus65

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    $125 for an FFL transfer? Ouch!

    And I was ROFL at his description of the doom-bringing .38 special. :rolleyes:

    Did anyone else notice that the District shot his gun but he hasn't? That's just not right!

    In the end, it's disappointing that he isn't going to keep it (although it _is_ a Taurus so who can really blame him :). I sure hope he never needs it.
     
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    Actually, nice little article. Reminds you than not all of us have grown up shooting empty cans off the fence or knowing there was always a loaded firearm close by. Does a nice job of highlighting the difficulty and expense of getting a firearm in DC. Hopefully, it's intent is not to sell that process to the rest of us. What a pain.

    And, are there really only 550 gun owners in DC? So, uh, who's doing all the shooting then? Seems to be more people killed by handguns there than there are handgun owners! Hmmmmmm...very intersting.
     
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    Actually, there were 104,391 registered firearms in DC last February. Obviously, there are many more unregistered firearms. When I registered my first shotgun in DC it only took me about five days.

    At the time I was told that ten years ago it could take as long as two years to get approved to register a firearm in DC.:cuss:

    So from that perspective, things are looking up.
     
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    I am a recent "convert" from being uneasy about guns to wanting one of my own. From the first time I went to the range during a gun safety and handling class (all just a week and half ago!) I decided I most definitely want my own gun -- will the Universe implode when I slip a NRA card into my wallet next to my NPR member card? Glad I live in Virginia, although I was pretty shocked to realize how easy it is here, I think DC is rather over the top.

    My husband pointed the article out to me this morning. (Off this thread, after another item in the news caught his eye, a woman at a Metro station about three miles from our house was stuffed into her trunk and driven around for an hour before being released, mercifully unharmed physically, he said he can start seeing my point about wanting to carry).
     
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    "There's no way you're bringing that thing in the house."

    It seems a shame that the writer feels compelled to act in such a cringing, obsequious, and deferential manner to his spouse.

    Rather defeats the purpose of the right to keep and bears arms, eh?
     
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    According to Warren VS DC, "police do not have a legal responsibility to provide personal protection to individuals, and absolved the police and the city of any liability."

    With a ruling like this from DC's court of appeals, shouldn't there be more citizens with guns in DC?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_v._District_of_Columbia
     
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    Either that, or it demonstrates the respect he has for his wife's feelings.
     
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    I came to handguns late in life. I had hunted with shotguns and .22's since I was a tyke, but we never had handguns. I got interested in Cowboy Action Shooting in the late 90's and bought my first handgun--actually a pair of Ruger Vaqueros. As Texas had recently passed concealed carry I decided I needed to become responsible for my own safety.

    My first CCW handgun? A Taurus Model 85, just like the author of the Post article. I, too, felt the thrill of shooting that little snubbie and the rest is history. My collection of handguns numbers over 15 joined by 5 or 6 long guns. And it all started with a Taurus .38 Special.
     
  22. Rundownfid

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    Perhaps someone in the DC area could contact the writer and invite him to attend a range session and perhaps an IDPA match? This guy seems genuinely interested and is a thoughtful and apparently honest reporter (ya why is he working for the Post then?).

    Were I closer I'd contact him myself, any takers?
     
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    Indeed, we see how negative feelings and emotions can overwhelm a rational approach to not being victimized in a criminal assault.

    And, as far as I can glean, there was no discussion, and there was no argument.
     
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    Thanks for the link to this one; I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it and likely would have missed it otherwise. It's a good story and serves a good purpose: informing those who aren't believers, the writer included. We could actually benefit from more articles like this one, IMO.
     
  25. dev_null

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    I had an acquaintance (who happens to live in DC, as a matter of fact), tell me that she wouldn't be comfortable with a gun because she might somehow accidentally shoot holes all over her apartment walls. All I could do was ask if owning a kitchen knife meant she might accidentally slash all the curtains?
     
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