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Councilman Phil Mendelson on restoring gun rights to DC citizens:

It would be harder to arrest chronic criminals, because police would no longer be able to charge them with possessing unregistered weapons

Makes perfect sense.

14 Responses to “In DC”

  1. Mikee Says:

    So they have been arresting and prosecuting and convicting and incarcerating criminals for unregistered guns? I don’t think so, Lucy.

  2. Paul Says:

    But on the bright side, crime will go down, because possession of an unregistered firearm will no longer be a crime. Expect touting of improved crime statistics in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

  3. Sebastian-PGP Says:

    He actually said something that fucking stupid?

    As though chronic criminals are going to be allowed to own guns.

  4. chris Says:

    Yeah, when you outlaw guns, you can start ominously referring to them as “illegal guns”.

  5. Balhincher Says:

    I don’t suppose it would be possible to have a law making it illegal for chronic criminals (but not law abiding citizens) to own guns and use that to charge them when arrested would it? Nah, probably not.

  6. JKB Says:

    A criminal is someone who has been convicted of a crime. We can assume most of these crimes would be felonies. A felon may not possess a gun. So instead of being in the possession of an unregistered gun, they can be prosecuted under Federal charges of felon in possession.

    Perhaps the councilman meant chronic criminal suspects whom they need something to throw at since they can’t find enough evidence to charge them under other statutes? They can’t prove it but they know he’s guilty of something.

  7. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    Head>>>Desk (repeat).

  8. RAH Says:

    We, the public have no obligation to make it easier for cops to know who is a criminal by the asssumption that all people who carry a gun is a criminal.

  9. Spade Says:

    I live near DC.

    They don’t really prosecute those people anyway.

  10. Gunstar1 Says:

    To correct a little and expand upon what JKB said…

    Criminal is also someone who commits a crime.

    A conviction just means you had enough to prove it in a court of law.

    A person that robs a store is a criminal. Being caught and found guilty makes them a convicted criminal.

    Though back to the topic, if you have unpunished or under-punished cronic criminals then you need to do more than just try to regulate firearms, as that doesnt seem to be working worth a damn.

    Seems “cronic” should have been a clue that the current method is not working.


    At first his statement sounded really stupid… but now it seems that he was actually really insulting some people.

    Either he is saying the police are too stupid or incompetent to solve hard crimes so the councel must make it easier for them with laws like a gun registration (if person has gun and no badge then arrest) OR the prosecutors are so stupid or incompetent that they cannot get a conviction unless a police officer arrests the person red handed.

  11. Flighterdoc Says:

    Yet DC residents clearly DONT have a right to be protected by the police: There is a US District Court of Appeals decision that said so.

    How about the residents rights to be represented by someone with at least a little intellect? A little integrity would be too much to ask for, I suppose.

  12. Kristopher Says:

    Ermmmm … it is already against the law for felons to carry firearms.

  13. JJR Says:

    Not to mention perps who already have a rap sheet are probably violating their parole in other ways besides mere gun possession….nail them *before* they “graduate” to 1st or 2nd Degree Murder, if possible, but definitely after.

  14. jook joint joe Says:

    I never expected anyone to twist it like that.

    Never underestimate the repressive instincts of liberals.