Posted by: Jay | March 18, 2008

NY Times: Our Readers Are Stupid

In discussing the so-called ‘mistakes’ the Circuit Court apparently made in the Heller case, the NY Times says the following:

The second mistake that the appeals court made — one that many supporters of gun rights may concede — was its unduly narrow view of what constitutes a “reasonable” law. The court insisted that its interpretation of the Second Amendment still leaves room for government to impose “reasonable” gun regulations. If so, it is hard to see why it rejected Washington’s rules.

The District of Columbia City Council concluded that prohibiting the easily concealable handguns preferred by criminals, and imposing prudent safety rules on rifles and shotguns, was a good, practical strategy for reducing crime, suicide, domestic violence and accidental shootings. Far from a blanket ban, the law strikes a balance between gun owners and the larger community.

Now, look at that first sentence in the second paragraph very carefully:

The District of Columbia City Council concluded that prohibiting the easily concealable handguns preferred by criminals

It’s easy to fool people. Rather than writing, “The ban on handgun ownership by law abiding citizens” which would be honest, they make it seem as though only the criminals are prohibited. That of course is absurd, because they’re already prohibited by federal law. But by using such language it allows the Times to be deceptive when they say, “far from a blanket ban.” If I understand correctly, Heller is challenging the handgun ban. And that is a blanket ban. Unless you purchased and registered a handgun in DC prior to 1976, you cannot legally own a handgun in the city. It’s a complete and total ban and it is unconstitutional.

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