I can't say that I'm surprised by the Supreme Court's decision, and I can't say that I'm bothered by it. Not at all, in fact. Washington's proximity to Virginia has always meant that there would be plenty of illegal guns in the hands of evil-doers, to borrow a phrase, and as a general rule, I'm opposed to unilateral disarmament. If I weren't covering a McCain town hall meeting in Cincinnati at the moment (at which, on the stage, is a man who looks uncannily like Rob Reiner, but more on that later), I would be running down to police headquarters to get me a gun application. I'm for gun control, by the way, just not a gun ban. 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.
I'm taking a guess that most of my neighbors in Northwest DC don't share this opinion, however.
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