24/7 Newsfeed

Put Reason 24/7 on Your Site

RSS

Follow Reason 24/7 on Twitter and via RSS

DC Prosecutor Skeptical of Tougher Gun Laws

In the wake of the horrific elementary-school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last month, many Americans, desperate to do something in response, have decided that much stricter gun control is the answer. Democrats have proposed reinstating the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein has proposed legislation that would even restrict the use of some semiautomatic handguns.

As a former prosecutor in Washington, D.C., who enforced firearms and ammunition cases while a severe local gun ban was still in effect, I am skeptical of the benefits that many imagine will result from additional gun-control efforts. I dislike guns, but I believe that a nationwide firearms crackdown would place an undue burden on law enforcement and endanger civil liberties while potentially increasing crime.

The D.C. gun ban, enacted in 1976, prohibited anyone other than law-enforcement officers from carrying a firearm in the city. Residents were even barred from keeping guns in their homes for self-defense.

Source: Wall Street Journal. Read full article. (link)

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • Sevo||

    ..."desperate to do something in response"...

    Just shut up and sit down! No progress has ever been made by rash action. Your "desperation" is an admission you have no idea what should be done.
    Shut up and sit down until you have considered what you wish to do and the actual consequences of that activity.
    Until then, you're nothing other than a mob, and I'm tired of being ruled by lefty mobs.
    Shut up and sit down.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    IOW... Don't just do something. Sit there!

  • the origin of the feces||

    Everytime I come to this site I see an advisory stating that I've been "unfriended" by three people, and I have a strong suspicion one of the three is Diane Feinstein.

    Well, I have a message for Ms. "Dumps in Her Drawers because she's too ignorant and lazy to use the toilet" Feinstein: I unfriended her first and a long time ago.

    So put that in your glass dick and smoke it.

    BITCH!

  • CHAUSSURES FEMME AIR MAX 90||

    The D.C. gun ban, enacted in 1976, prohibited anyone other than law-enforcement officers from carrying a firearm in the city. Residents were even barred from keeping guns in their homes for self-defense.

advertisement