This guy thoroughly wrecks his credibility by centering his article on a gross factual error. The mad snipers committed precisely ONE murder in Washington City, in an area where (on the ground) finding the DC-Maryland border is difficult. The bulk of the murders were committed in Maryland, which although subject to eggregious victim disarmament laws is far from being gun-banned DC. The rest of the murders were committed in Virginia, which is a shall-issue CHP state.
Anybody have a response to the above? I don't know anything about the area, but is it possible the surrounding metro has more gun restrictions than the rest of VA or MA? From what I've read, conceal carry does have an overall effect in reducing mass killings, but I don't know about snipers. I believe these guys gave zero thought to local conceal carry laws (and how those laws might better help citizens to stop them).
posted on 10/31/2002 11:00:05 AM PST
AB's comments were accurate. DC is essentially "no guns allowed" unless you are a cop or criminal. This includes your home or auto. DC is a gun grabber's utopia, with a high rate of armed assault, which of course is blamed on the "easy availability of guns" in MD and Virginia.
MD, where most of the shootings occured, is less restrictive than DC proper, but they prohibit loaded firearms in cars, open carry will result in arrest, and there is no "shall issue" CCW.
Virginia, where 3(IIRC?) shootings occured, is "shall issue" CCW permits and is not much different from the rest of the south in terms of gun ownership.
posted on 10/31/2002 12:54:11 PM PST
Well, since they shot the kid at school, I'd say there's another law they violated if he was within the zone where weapons are prohibited. Nonsense law ignored once again...
posted on 10/31/2002 8:24:09 PM PST
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