In Washington, D.C., three pit bulls attacked an 11-year-old boy. A neighbor went into his home, got a 9mm pistol, and shot one of the dogs.
The police heard the shots and came to investigate. They shot the other two dogs. Then they arrested the private shooter. It seems that he had not registered his gun.
Not being a total imbecile, the District’s prosecuting attorney decided not to bring the man to trial for a felony — actually, a total of seven criminal violations of the law. He knew that this would make the District look silly. The jury would not convict. So, he had an idea: just fine the guy $1,000. That makes an extra $1,000 for the District. No muss, no fuss.
The man was also told not to get into trouble for two months. Translation: “If you see any other killer dogs attacking a child, just walk away.”
Washington, D.C. used to ban all guns, beginning in 1975. The gangs ignored the law. Thirty-three years later, a case came before the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the ban. The Court in 2008 said the ban was unconstitutional.
Consider this. It took 33 years for the Supreme Court to decide that the Second Amendment really does apply in territory owned by the federal government. Liberals were aghast. They still are.