My feelings, pretty much:

Maybe it's my long experience in Israel, but I believe that the average, law-abiding citizen can be trusted with a firearm. More than that -- and again, maybe this is my experience in Israel talking -- I don't like the idea of subcontracting my own defense to the police. Why should a person who is paid $40,000 a year, who doesn't know me, who doesn't live in my neighborhood, risk his life for me when, properly armed, I'm fully capable of defending myself? It never seemed fair to me.

One of my good friends is a DC cop. I'd trust him to defend me. But he'd also trust me to defend myself. I should add that I live on a corner in DC that has had its share of gun violence. I will feel no less secure after this decision.

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