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    Marion Barry Inadvertently Exposes the Fallacy of D.C.'s Gun


    Washington, D.C. has a gun ban, and gun bans stop crime. That's the ruse the gun ban lobby and

    their cronies would have you believe. That's what Washington, D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry

    (D) would have you believe. But, in an ironic twist of fate, Barry's anti-gun premise has been challenged by

    circumstances involving none other than Barry himself.

    This week, the ex-mayor was the victim of a violent crime

    in "gun-free" Washington, D.C. He was robbed at gunpoint by two young men who entered his apartment, held a gun to

    his head, and robbed him of his wallet, cash, and credit cards. The nearly three-decades-old ban did nothing to

    protect Barry. Despite the ban, Barry admitted that "guns are everywhere." What he didn't say is that those guns

    are in the hands of criminals, while the District's law-abiding citizens are prohibited from possessing them.

    Clearly, the ban has done nothing to stem the tide of armed criminals carrying out violent crimes.

    While not

    suffering any physical injuries during the ordeal, Barry did indicate that his feelings were hurt. "There is a sort

    of an unwritten code in Washington, among the underworld and the hustlers and these other guys, that I am their

    friend....I was a little hurt that this betrayal did happen."

    Councilman Barry, himself a convicted felon, says

    he does not want to prosecute the perpetrators (if they are ever caught), but also says that he will push the city

    council to pass a bill he introduced that would increase penalties for carrying a gun in the District! Such is the

    contradictory logic of the ex-mayor. Pass more gun laws, and don't enforce existing ones.

    Of course, violent

    crime in D.C. is nothing new. Homicide had been declining in D.C. before the 1976 ban, but increased after the ban

    was imposed. By 1991, D.C.'s homicide rate had risen more than 200%. By comparison, the U.S. homicide rate rose

    only 12% during the same period. Since then, the District has ranked at, or near, the top of the list for highest

    per capita murder rate of major cities in the nation. If gun bans work, how can this tragic and shameful

    distinction possibly be?

    In the wake of his most recent ordeal, Barry called for a summit of the city's leaders

    to address the "pandemic" of gun violence in the District. Clearly, he and the law-abiding citizens of the District

    of Columbia would be better served by a summit convened to call for the enactment of S. 1082 and H.R. 1288--the

    Senate and House versions of the "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act."

    As we continually note, this

    legislation seeks to restore the constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding residents of

    the District of Columbia. It would allow these citizens to lawfully defend themselves and their families from

    violent crime. It is time to pass this critically important and obviously necessary law.

    Please be sure to

    contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to cosponsor and support S. 1082 and H.R. 1288.

    For a

    list of Senate cosponsors, please visit


    For a list of House cosponsors, please visit


    You can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121, or your U.S. Representative

    at (202) 225-3121.

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    Poetic justice!
    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    Thomas Jefferson

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    Poetic justice indeed! And

    despite all the evidence,he still clings to flawed ideal that guns are the problem.I find it cute that his little

    criminal buddies had the audacity to hold him at gun point.After all,he did try to make nice and be thier

    friends.What wonderful friends criminals make.

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    If nothing else, it was good

    for a chuckle this morning. It couldn't have happened to a better person.
    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    Thomas Jefferson

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