March 29, 2007

Kay Bailey Hutchinson Introduces DC-Gun-Ban Repeal
— Ace


Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) introduced the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act of 2007, a bill to restore Second Amendment rights in Washington, D.C.

“The constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens do not end when they cross into the borders of the District of Columbia,” said Sen. Hutchison.

“The gun ban has been proven ineffective by the trend of increased violent crime in the District. The citizens of Washington, D.C., deserve to have the same right to defend themselves and their families in their homes that lawful Americans enjoy.

“This requires both a legislative and judicial remedy. I hope the Parker case goes before the Supreme Court and that the court asserts that the right to bear arms is an individual, and not a collective, right as the D.C. Circuit and Fifth Circuit Courts have affirmed.”

Instapundit snarks that perhaps Jim Webb will consider cosponsoring the legislation. Can his executive assistant cosponsor? He already seems to be observing the not-yet-passed law.

Instapundit's emailers rap James Webb for shoddy gun safety.

Posted by: Ace at 11:32 AM | Comments (49)
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1 Dang I love that Senator.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 11:41 AM (pzen5)

2 Damn, you folks in Texas have got some good senators.

Sorry again about ours.

Posted by: Slublog at March 29, 2007 11:51 AM (R8+nJ)


Hey, at least Olympia and Susan voted against that stupid "get em out" appropriations bill.


I was surprised.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 11:53 AM (pzen5)

4 Ok, I don't like the gun ban either, but Senator Hutchinson has a lot of nerve to use "the trend of increased violent crime in the District" to justify this legislation.  Violent crime has dramatically decreased since the crack-cocaine epidemic of the late-1980s and early 1990s.  In fact, the murder rate has been cut in more than half.

If anything this should prove that the handgun ban is useless.  Since the law's inception there have been dramatic increases and decreases in crime.  That right there should be enough to have the law overturned.  Hutchinson shouldn't have to resort to lies to make her point.

Posted by: Rusty at March 29, 2007 12:09 PM (FKJxp)

5 American Hunter magazine has a feature called, I believe, "Armed Citizen" containing news stories of people saving their lives with handguns.  We just had one here in Des Moines.  I used to live in D.C. at 16th & R and you literally risked your life if you went two blocks East.  There were many times when I wish I were armed.  Once I naively went to a liquor store on 14th Street and was greeted by a thug at the corner who started "rapping" with me and followed along as I headed home.  We talked pro basketball as he had opened our conversation with "You look just like Danny Ainge."  I spoke with him pleasantly but he continued on with me.  After a block and  a half he stated to me "I ain't gonna fuck wit you tonight,"crossed the street and I never went to that liquor store again.  I truly wished I had been packing that night.  To deny people the right to adequately protect themselves in crime ridden places like D.C. must be unconstitutional.

Posted by: Fierce Scorpion at March 29, 2007 12:09 PM (CdPfY)

6 Fierce Scorpion,

I don't know when you moved out, but that's the old DC.  14th and R is currently in the midst of gentrification.  Violent crimes there are rare.

Again, I reiterate my support of eliminating this silly ban, but I wish people would understand that Washington, DC is not a war zone anymore.

Posted by: Rusty at March 29, 2007 12:13 PM (FKJxp)



I was there from 1988 to 1993.  Regarding your assessment of crime in the District, I hope you're right, I have no knowledge of the current crime statistics.  Simply an anecdote.


Posted by: Fierce Scorpion at March 29, 2007 12:51 PM (CdPfY)

8 I thought all the crime stopped when the Bullets changed their name to the Wizards.  PC saves the day again!  Go PC.

Fucking stupid.

Posted by: SOC at March 29, 2007 12:58 PM (1/F/d)

9 Yeah, it is actually fun to vote in Texas.

Posted by: Stormy70 at March 29, 2007 01:30 PM (7WJsV)

10 Until the people of DC have a vote at the federal level why does Sen Hutchenson have the right to change the law. I think that votes are more importent then gun rights, so give them the vote. No taxation or gun rights, without repersentation.

Posted by: jeff at March 29, 2007 01:33 PM (xFmjp)

11 I think that votes are more importent then gun rights, so give them the vote.

Give them back to Maryland, if maryland will have them.


Posted by: Toby928 at March 29, 2007 02:13 PM (ATbKm)

12 Kay Bailey Hutchinson
John Cornyn
Ted Poe

Those are the people I've sent to Washington D.C.  You bastards owe me.

Posted by: FrakYou at March 29, 2007 03:41 PM (AOc4L)

13 If carrying a gun in DC is just peachy keen for members of Congress  to carry a concealed weapon why would it not be ok for the citizens of DC?. If there is no need for a gun in DC,accouding to members of Congress, why the hell are members of Congress packing heat to work?, Just what in the the hell has them in such great. fear?, could it be the unarmed citizens of DC?  Just thought I would ask, anybody got a clue?.

Posted by: The Great Satans Sr, Intern at March 29, 2007 04:35 PM (V5nPg)


I thought all the crime stopped when the Bullets changed their name to the Wizards.  PC saves the day again!  Go PC.

Interestingly enough, while crime plummeted in D.C. once it was no longer encouraged by the name of the local sports concern, gun murders in Salt Lake City have more than tripled since ESPN took to nick-naming Andrei Kirilenko "AK-47".

Will we never learn the power of words?

Posted by: VJay at March 29, 2007 05:12 PM (HaFcU)

15 DC might get voting rights if they were willing to pick up a gun and start busting caps in asses.

Posted by: adolfo_velasquez at March 29, 2007 06:13 PM (4rhjR)


I know someone who worked on her most recent campaign.  She's a damn fine senator.

And the only female other than Condi that I'd consider for President.  Kay rocks.  But please get the spelling right folks, Hutchison.  Only one N.

Posted by: otcconan at March 29, 2007 08:47 PM (z7Tck)

17 Ace, even you mis-spelled her name...check your source!

Posted by: otcconan at March 29, 2007 08:48 PM (z7Tck)


"Washington, DC is not a war zone anymore"

Been to Southeast lately? You wouldn't live long if you started walking around at night even if you were within sight of the Capitol building.

Posted by: Former Lurker at March 29, 2007 10:36 PM (Xm4xl)

19 There are parts of SE DC that are still terrible.  But a lot of the crime has been pushed by gentrification into Prince George's County in Maryland.  Even beyong Capitol Hill, Southeast (namely Eastern market) is gentrifying along with the rest of the city.

As for the crime statistics:

Posted by: Rusty at March 30, 2007 05:47 AM (FKJxp)

20 Former Lurker,

Get a clue before you post about a part of the city (maybe even city, period?) you've clearly never been to. I live in Southeast, and I have walked around, by myself, at all hours of the night without ever feeling uncomfortable. On my typical walk (from the Metro, a bar, whatever) I will pass more than two Capitol Police vehicles and usually a couple of MPD cruisers. And they aren't there arresting people or solving crimes, as I'm sure your mind jumped to. The point is, they are a presence. I've never been harassed, threatened, or otherwise by anyone.

There are parts of SE that are much worse than where I live, particularly east of the Anacostia river, but to say "you wouldn't live long" is ignorant, paranoid, and inflammatory. Homicides are rare in this city and, just as in any large city, most are not random. Unless you piss somebody off by mouthing off, the worst thing you're likely to face is a mugging -- and even that is unlikely in even the worst neighborhoods.

Before all of you decide what's best for a city you don't live in, please at least do some real research about the city and don't base your perception on outdated stereotypes and the lies of one self-serving Senator. Kay Hutchison may indeed be a nice woman, but on this she's wrong. And until they give the citizens of this city representation, they should not be dictating to us what we can or cannot do.

Posted by: Keef at March 31, 2007 05:35 AM (OffnC)

21 And until they give the citizens of this city representation, they should not be dictating to us what we can or cannot do.

Ceding the District back to Maryland, less the actual federal area, as was done with Arlington, would solve the representation issue. True?

Posted by: Toby928 at March 31, 2007 06:57 AM (ATbKm)


I am really tempted at this point to resort to insulting the majority of the above posters' intelligence, based on a few of the inane suggestions brought up by a few of you.

Ceding DC back to Maryland?
Acting as if the gun ban proposal was not a complete intentional distraction against the DC voting proposal?
Suggesting that "packing heat" will solve the problem of violent crime?

All of these are mind-bogglingly ridiculous.

DC is not a state, but doesn't need to be treated as if it is the property of the other state's senators. They shouldn't be able to decide what laws get made or unmade; our senator, who needs to exist, should.

The issue that needs to be addressed first is the right to vote in DC. All of you are just a wee bit scared that if DC gets a vote, it will most assuredly be a Democrat; that's the outrageous reasoning behind stapling an extra vote for Utah (overwhelmingly Republican) along with it.

Lastly, allowing the gun law to be undone is asking for an increase in violent crime. Not only did your precious Hutchison manage to bold-faced lie while defending her opinion, she didn't really stop to think that perhaps allowing the widespread use of guns could alter the decreases in crime. The ban has been said to be unconstitutional. The reason there is a ban is not because we're trying to "deny the public their second amendment rights", but rather to protect innocent lives from being shortened due to improper use of guns in street fights, gang disputes, and muggings. Less guns, less people killed.

No one needs to have a gun in the District. Stop acting as if it's the middle of Bogota, Colombia, for God's sake.

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