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    "Let's Give Self-Defense a Chance!"

    Let's roll folks - I know we have OCDO members who live, work, or go to school in DC.

    Let's sign-up for this event and speak. If you have them, brings some Guns Save Lives Badges.

    I have emailed the POC to sign up and intend to ask the DC Council to simply conform DC handgun carry laws to the majority rule across the several states - open carry allowed at 18, concealed carry allowed at 21 with permit.

    The hearing will be held on Wednesday 21 March 2007 at 2:00 pm in the 5th floorCouncil Chamber of the John A. Wilson Building. To sign up to testify, please contact Mr. Victor Bonett at (202) 724-4865 or vbonett@dccouncil.us.

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    PRESS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release
    > CONTACT: Jason J. Shedlock
    > March 9, 2007
    > Phone: (202) 724-8779
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    > Fax: (202) 724-8099
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    > MENDELSON TO HOLD HEARING ON GUN CONTROL AND GUN VIOLENCE>
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    > Councilmember Mendelson has scheduled a hearing that
    > will focus on gun control and the problem of gun violence, as well as
    > find workable solutions to stop the proliferation of firearms on the
    > streets of the District of Columbia. This hearing, to be held March 21st
    > , is especially timely in the wake of the recent Federal Circuit Court
    > decision that has struck down the District’s gun control law.
    >
    > The public hearing, to be held on March 21st will also
    > discuss the “Gun Violence Reduction Act of 2007.”
    >
    > The District of Columbia had one of the strictest gun
    > laws in the nation. Even so, gun violence continues to be a problem,
    > especially among youth. Preliminary MPD statistics show that 267
    > gun-involved robberies and assaults were reported during the first six
    > weeks of 2007, compared with 181 in the same period just one year ago -
    > a nearly 50 percent increase.
    >
    > “This situation will likely worsen if the court’s
    > decision is not overturned,” says Councilmember Mendelson. “Guns are
    > too commonplace, already.”
    >
    > “As a community, we have become all too used to gun
    > violence,” acknowledged Mendelson. “We must look for new strategies and
    > this hearing is an opportunity for the Council to discuss the court
    > decision and confront the need to reduce the proliferation of guns on
    > our streets.”
    >
    > The hearing will be held at 2:00 pm in the 5th floor
    > Council Chamber of the John A. Wilson Building. To sign up to testify,
    > please contact Mr. Victor Bonett at (202) 724-4865 or
    > vbonett@dccouncil.us.
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    > Currently serving in his third term as At-Large Councilmember, Phil
    > Mendelson is also Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety
    > and the Judiciary. For more information, visit
    > http://dccouncil.us/mendelson/index.html.
    >
    > Jason J. Shedlock
    > Special Assistant to the Councilmember
    > The Office of Councilmember Phil Mendelson (At-Large)
    >> 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 402>
    > Washington, DC 20004
    > (202) 724-8779>
    > jshedlock@dccouncil.us


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    How many DC residents will be attending and speaking to urge reform of DC gun laws?

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    DC resident and former ANC Commissioner Deborah Jane Lindeman will speak, as will VA resident Mark Anderson

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    And I still expect to be there - if youknow anyone who lives in DC, get them to this meeting.

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    See
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/20/AR2007032001977.html

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    At the D.C. Council hearing last week on the confirmation of Cathy Lanier as police chief, a parade of regular people told the panel what was happening in their neighborhoods. "Citizens with proper training should be allowed to have handguns," Joyce Saucier said.

    "I do not support gun control, because it's been a disaster," said the Rev. Douglas Moore, who says he is a black member of the NRA. "The liberals have the illusion that you can take away all the people's guns and everything would be all right. I believe in the Constitution. We never had any police brutality in Hickory, North Carolina, because everybody had guns. One day a police officer slapped my uncle, and my grandfather came out with a shotgun and said, 'I'll blow your ******* head off.' And my grandfather was a Methodist preacher."

    Moore, a former D.C. Council member, said he was the only original council member to vote against the gun ban. He has come out this day to praise the ruling that overturned it. "Everybody in my family has a gun. The police aren't responsible for your protection. You have to protect yourself."


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    Mike wrote:
    "I do not support gun control, because it's been a disaster," said the Rev. Douglas Moore, who says he is a black member of the NRA. "The liberals have the illusion that you can take away all the people's guns and everything would be all right. I believe in the Constitution. We never had any police brutality in Hickory, North Carolina, because everybody had guns. One day a police officer slapped my uncle, and my grandfather came out with a shotgun and said, 'I'll blow your ******* head off.' And my grandfather was a Methodist preacher."

    Moore, a former D.C. Council member, said he was the only original council member to vote against the gun ban. He has come out this day to praise the ruling that overturned it. "Everybody in my family has a gun. The police aren't responsible for your protection. You have to protect yourself."
    This reverend has got it goin' on. Good for him.

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    We had 5 pro-gun speakers:

    VA Residents who frequently travel to the district:
    Me (OpenCarry.org)
    Jeff Knox (Firearms Coalition)
    Mark Anderson (businessman)

    DC residents:
    former ANC Commissioner Deborah Jane Lindeman
    Valencia Mohammed, publisher of a DC newspaper

    There is a web film of this somewhere - anyone know?

    I gave the attached briefing - the 3 council members looked at the maps in disbelief - I think that they are in denial - and cannot believe the extent of gun rights across the US.

    We need to communicate to DC residents what their gun rights would be if they lived anywhere else in the US

    Thoughts?

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    The video from the committee meeting last night is posted on the DC City Council web site: http://octt.dc.gov/services/on_deman..._07_JUDICI.asx

    I was unable to get it to either download or play, however. Couldn't get any of the other meeting videos in their site to play either. Keep getting a "network error".

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    Mine's playing right now as I type.

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    "I do not support gun control, because it's been a disaster," said the Rev. Douglas Moore, who says he is a black member of the NRA. "The liberals have the illusion that you can take away all the people's guns and everything would be all right. I believe in the Constitution. We never had any police brutality in Hickory, North Carolina, because everybody had guns. One day a police officer slapped my uncle, and my grandfather came out with a shotgun and said, 'I'll blow your ******* head off.' And my grandfather was a Methodist preacher."

    Moore, a former D.C. Council member, said he was the only original council member to vote against the gun ban. He has come out this day to praise the ruling that overturned it. "Everybody in my family has a gun. The police aren't responsible for your protection. You have to protect yourself."
    gives me goose-bumps reading this

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    lol. legal open carry in DC, I wonder how many gang members would take advantage of that... DC is also a city where open carry would be taken advantage of to further the use of a crime. However it would be quite interesting to see how they react when EVERYONE has a gun.Its clear they already enjoy the freedom to concealed carry and gain the element of suprise on an unsuspecting city of victims.

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    ProtectMd wrote:
    lol. legal open carry in DC, I wonder how many gang members would take advantage of that...
    Experience in most of the urban areas of the US indicate that gangs don't OC - this has been covered extensively on this board.

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    BobCav wrote:
    Mine's playing right now as I type.
    I am playing the video, but, it appears to have been muted (no sound whatsoever). If only I had sound............

    2nd Amendment.........Use it............Or, lose it!!:X
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    ProtectMd wrote:
    lol. legal open carry in DC, I wonder how many gang members would take advantage of that... DC is also a city where open carry would be taken advantage of to further the use of a crime. However it would be quite interesting to see how they react when EVERYONE has a gun.Its clear they already enjoy the freedom to concealed carry and gain the element of suprise on an unsuspecting city of victims.
    Almost all murderers and other violent criminals have (multiple) prior felonies (or juvenile equivalent), in excess of 90%.

    Open carry by criminals would give the police the heads up so that they could run their record and incarcerate them for the illegal gun possession (either felon or juvenile even without a record.)

    Police say that criminals prefer not to use HOLSTERS since it identifies the use of a firearm even when empty too -- e.g., if the gun is thrown away.

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