Our nation’s capital has long tried to enact the strictest anti-gun laws in the country. At one point, they outlawed ownership of all handguns, but in 2008, the US Supreme Court struck down the 32 year old ban as a violation of the Second Amendment.
That didn’t set well with DC politicians who immediately got to work to re-write new anti-gun laws. As soon as their new anti-gun laws were written and passed, more lawsuits were filed challenging the constitutionality of those laws.
This past Saturday, US District Judge Frederick J. Scullin issued his ruling that has to be sending shock waves through Washington DC liberal politicians. In his ruling, Scullin cited the 2008 Supreme Court decision mentioned above along with the 2010 Supreme Court decision that overturned Chicago’s ban on handguns.
In part his ruling reads:
“There is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”
Scullin’s decision has a much broader effect than you may first realize. According to DC gun law expert Emily Miller, who said she was shocked by the decision:
“Anyone who is a non D.C. resident who legally can carry in their home state, whether open or concealed, can carry in D.C. D.C. residents, if you have a registered gun like I do, I can carry. If you do not have a registered gun you can still be arrested on the unregistered gun law.”
Miller said that she was informed by a member of DC law enforcement that the police chief issued a statement saying that effective immediately, no one can be arrested for carrying a legal gun in the District of Columbia and that includes visitors from other states who have complied with their state’s gun laws.
As expected, not everyone in DC is rejoicing about Judge Scullin’s decision. DC City Councilman Phil Mendelson issued a statement saying:
“Because of the District’s unique national security concerns, the right to carry a firearm in public must be more heavily restricted than any place else in the nation. Four US presidents have been assassinated by gunfire, and at least five others have been shot at, including Ronald Reagan who was seriously wounded in 1981.”
Miller responded to Mendelson’s statement by pointing out that the highly restrictive gun ban was in effect when Reagan was shot and that it didn’t stop it from happening. She adds that no law will stop a crazy or evil person from shooting anyone.
Both Miller and Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy mentioned that Washington DC has extremely high crime rates even with the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation.
Scullin’s decision is also a serious blow to Barack Obama’s efforts to disarm the American public. He has been pushing as many anti-gun laws as possible to restrict the manufacturing, sales and ownership of firearms and ammunition. He’s pushed for laws banning assault and assault-style weapons from private ownership. Obama has even endorsed the United Nations anti-gun treaties that would effectively outlaw ownership of all handguns, sporting rifles and shotguns.
It would eliminate all firearms hunting which would result in catastrophic loss of wildlife in only a few short years. Without controlling numbers, animal populations would soar to the point where the land could no longer sustain them. When food runs out, as many as 75%-80% of a population of deer, elk, etc. can die from starvation and disease in a single year.
Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of allowing the American people to bear arms for self-protection, for hunting and to help protect the country. There are more privately owned guns in America now than there are people and that presents a huge problem for a socialist who wants to take over the country. Decisions like Judge Scullin along with the 2008 and 2010 Supreme Court rulings will insure that American’s continue to have the right to bear arms to defend themselves with. And someday soon, they may be called to defend our country from people like Obama, Clinton and Bloomberg.