Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I want guns in DC

Today, the Supreme Court will listen to arguments for and against DC's ban on handguns.

As you know, I don't like guns. I don't think they have any place in an urban setting, but the ruling will be greater in scope than just guns in urban settings. The court is looking at the question of whether the 2nd amendment ensures that citizens have the right to bear arms.

As the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
it has always been a sticking point about whether citizens, and not states, should have free access to guns.

The larger question is whether DC citizens will be considered full-fledged citizens of the United States and if DC has effective statehood. For my cause of Congressional representation for DC residents, it seems like a win-win situation.

If the Supreme Court rules that DC citizens have the rights to guns, then it isn't a tough jump to say they have the right to representation in Congress.

If the Supreme Court rules that DC citizens don't have rights to guns, then it is a sign that DC is a de facto state with the ability to regulate a milita. Again, it isn't that tough of a jump to full representation in Congress.

I'll take legal handguns in DC in exchange for 2 senators and a voting representative.