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Gray, Evans say Arenas's errors harm city's youths

District leaders reacted to the Arenas saga after announcing the finalization of a deal for the city to buy three properties owned by the financially-troubled Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington to ensure that programs continue.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) would not comment on Arenas's fate or whether should be reinstated. "That's a decision up to the people he works for," he said.

But he spoke about how the situation reflects on the city. "Washington, D.C. ... is the most fantastic city in the world as far as I and the 600,000 people who live here are concerned," he said. "We think we've got great gun laws and we think in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Heller, we've been able to both adjust to that decision but also to protect the residents."

Council members, however, were more opinionated. "What does this say to our kids, who we're constantly preaching to about not getting involved in deadly weapons and using them, imperiling their futures?" Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) asked, adding later that he remembered how Arenas helped Katrina victims. "One of the people who stepped right up to the plate was Gilbert Arenas. ... What happens in a situation like this is people remember an incident like this and they completely forget all of the good things you may have done in the past."

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), known as a proponent of major sports in the city, represents downtown, an area transformed by the Verizon Center. "It was bad enough what he did with the gun, but it was absolutely beyond any good judgment to point his fingers at his teammates and use them as a gun and be on the front page of the paper. The bad judgment exercised by him at that point in time is just unbelievable," he said. "I think he should have been suspended, and frankly he could find himself out of the NBA for life. It harms our city, and it's a terrible role model for our youth. So Gilbert's got to get his act together."

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 7, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Gun Ban Case , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Note that penalties for guns in DC are actually pretty minimal. The supposed "ban" has no teeth, and is mostly just so our elected/appointed officials can make constitutional points and get on TV. Of course, gunplay is very rare in the areas they live in, but is very common for most of the cities residents. See:

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