Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Leaders Worry that Supreme Court May Overturn D.C. Gun Ban

WASHINGTON (Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspapers)- Although Supreme Court justices appear to be leaning against upholding D.C.'s ban on handguns, Mayor Adrian Fenty says it's critical that the city maintain its ability to outlaw firearms.

"Make no mistake about it, this is a public safety case," Fenty said. "The reason the city council enacted the gun ban in the 1970s because crime was getting out of control and guns were the cause of a disproportionate number of fatalities. When the gun ban became law, violent crime dropped significantly in the city and has steadily gone down since then.

"Now, yes it is true that back then "violent crime" did include harsh words being said to meter maids and that dropping Meter-Maid-Mischiefs from the list did in fact account for the overall drop in reported violent criminal activities, but if any Joe Blow can arm himself its is only a matter of time before most of our people depart for greener pastures because lets face it, crooks make up most of my constituency and where will that leave me if they all move on out?"

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