Gray: Shooting Renews Need For D.C. Gun Control Laws

From D.C. Wire:

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said today's shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum unfortunately highlights the need for the District to fight for its gun control laws.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced yesterday that Congressional leaders were giving up efforts to get a D.C. voting rights bill approved because city leaders would not accept an amendment that would do away with the District's gun-control laws.

Gray said the city, as the nation's capitol, can draw armed extremists and "makes people uniquely vulnerable."

"It's hard for me to realize why anyone would want to make this an easier place to have guns," Gray said. "If anything, it should be more secure."

June 10, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  | Category:  metro
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Maybe it's not that the criminals have the guns, but that the guns make the criminals.

Posted by: frombalto | June 10, 2009 5:51 PM

So help me out here - gun control laws helped prevent this how?

Posted by: jhorstma | June 10, 2009 5:54 PM

Our unconstitutional gun ban being repealed has no relation to this awful event whatsoever. Leave it alone.

Posted by: xiann | June 10, 2009 6:12 PM

Another knee-jerk politic reaction...GREAT!!! Let's see how many more laws that we can add that won't/can't be enforced. You can't legislate crazy. No matter how hard you try.

Posted by: GreyGhost | June 10, 2009 6:24 PM

"Our unconstitutional gun ban being repealed has no relation to this awful event whatsoever. Leave it alone.
Posted by: xiann | June 10, 2009 6:12 PM"

What planet are you from?

It's ironic that a citizen can't have a private conversation in a car while traveling near or through D.C. (yeah, the govt's listening) but that assault on our civil rights doesn't bother you gun nutjobs. The only rights "infringement" you guys care about is the one that prevents you from walking around "packin'" -- like Wyatt Earp or Marshall Dillon.

Grow up, get a productive life, and stop mooning about the Wild West.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | June 10, 2009 6:26 PM

This lunatic was a convicted felon. He couldn't legally own or possess a gun. How many existing laws was he violating? Maybe we should outlaw cocaine and marajuana too.

Posted by: UT77 | June 10, 2009 6:29 PM

The guy is an X CON bomber.
What was he doing with a gun?
He got a pass into Colleges and is an author like William Ayers (who is just as crazy).

Poor system of Judicial, Probations, and Homeland defense police work is to blame, not citizens who legally carry that are law abiding.

There was a big failure, but it is system failure.

Posted by: dottydo | June 10, 2009 7:04 PM

Councilman Gray, taking advantage of this terrible tragedy to advocate for D.C.'s unconstitutional local gun ban is appalling. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Perhaps you're unaware that it was already illegal for Von Brunn to possess any firearm anywhere in the United States, because he is a convicted felon? See 18 U.S. C. ยง922(g). And murdering people is illegal everywhere. Of course, possession of an unregistered rifle in the District is also presently illegal. If Federal law and other criminal laws cannot stop a domestic terrorist like Von Brunn from murder, neither can D.C.'s local gun ordinances.

The only people impacted by D.C.'s draconian gun prohibitions are law-abiding residents of the District, not criminals. And certainly not violent extremists lke Von Brunn.

Posted by: zippypinhead1 | June 10, 2009 7:06 PM

Dottydo, you are stooping to a new low when you idly decide that William Ayers is "just as crazy". I condemn Ayers's actions, but the sum total was that he was part of a group that set off bombs in empty government buildings or sections of buildings, to protest the aerial bombing in the Vietnam War. He was arrested and tried for what he did. He has since rehabilitated himself as a civic activist on public education. He should be ashamed of setting off those bombs forty years ago and it's annoying he isn't. But I just don't see the comparison of his words and deeds now, in 2009, with those of a violent neo-Nazi excon who revels in the most extreme forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and Holocaust denial, who is closely associated with the white supremacist and neo Nazi domestic terrorists among us, and who killed a man today, probably in order to get the police to kill him so he could go out in "style." Don't play games with falsely equating one with the other when human beings' lives are at stake.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 10, 2009 7:29 PM

"House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced yesterday that Congressional leaders were giving up efforts to get a D.C. voting rights bill approved because city leaders would not accept an amendment that would do away with the District's gun-control laws."
City leaders should let the city vote on gun-control laws after DC gets voting rights. Was anyone thinking here? City leaders have shot DC in the foot.

Posted by: dianaberuff | June 10, 2009 9:21 PM

More laws on gun control is not the answer. Ever notice that you do not hear about the nuts shooting people at gun shows, police conventions, or a target rang? That is do to the fact that they know guns are there and the people know how to use them. The USA has never been invaded simply do to the fact that there are guns in more homes than there is in the US Military.
Any one that has ever thought of invading the USA knew this and understood that we will fight, military or not. The people of this nation are our last line of defense. More are willing to fight for this nation than some would think. Had there been more guns on hand and it had been known. What was that I once heard, some thing about free people own guns, slaves don't.

Posted by: Rainrider | June 11, 2009 12:23 AM

I forgot one thing. If we remove the guns from law abiding people, the only ones that will be armed are the criminals. Now let me ask, just how safe would be in our homes if that was the case? I know I can hear it now, the people that do not own guns and have loads of money telling me how safe they feel. Well if you truly feel that safe, post your address and then take all $$$$ home, put it under your bed in a easy to grab suitcase. Lets see how long before some one comes in and takes it from you.

Posted by: Rainrider | June 11, 2009 12:35 AM

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