Gun Protesters Take Aim At District Heights Gun Shop

With gun violence on the rise, Rev Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition urged protesters to rally outside the area's biggest gun dealers. Full Story
Joe

Silver Spring, MD

#1 Aug 28, 2007
You got to be kidding me. A gun does not hurt a person. It's a person who fires the gun at another human being. The problem is people with clean records are buying these guns for their family and friends. You can't just walk into any gun store and buy a gun. Besides there are plenty of laws on the books already. We don't need new laws, we need the ones already on the books enforced and for these liberal judges to stop letting people go with minor sentences. Start holding them accountable for their actions. Eveyone has an excuse why they did a crime and it was not their fault.
Tyrone Brown

Glen Burnie, MD

#2 Aug 29, 2007
Personal accountability is at an all time low in the United States. We let drunks continue to drive, child rapists back into our communities and murderers, even if convicted see minimal jailtime.
No, it's not a gun that's to blame. A gun can't hurt anybody without a cold heart to pull the trigger. We need to do a better job of raisinging our kids and teaching them to reject Hollywood's glamorous "thug" lifestyle.
Rob

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#3 Aug 29, 2007
I don't know what they are trying to accomplish, other than making it tougher for people to legally own a gun. Straw purchases are already illegal. You cannot transfer a handgun to anyone in Maryland without the proper paperwork routine, which comfirms or denies their legal right to own one. You can also only buy one handgun a month in MD. If the stat they claim is true, that 76 guns from REALCO were used in DC crimes last year, if they were all purchased in one year and not spread out over the years, you need at least 6 people to funnel these guns into criminal hands. Stop trying to affect thousands of legal customers in order to catch 6 people.
Henry Bowman

Upper Marlboro, MD

#4 Aug 29, 2007
If the BATFE, DC Police or the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson have any evidence at all that Realco or any of the targeted shops have engaged in unlawful activity, then they should charge the owners NOW.

Otherwise, their actions constitute harassment and obstruction of lawful commerce.

Since: Feb 07

Falls Church, VA

#5 Aug 29, 2007
Does anybody bother to fact check statistics anymore?
Dozens took aim at Realco Guns in District Heights, which organizers say supplied nearly 900 crime guns in the last 10 years.
I call bull s%*t on that. Furthermore, to state that REALCO "supplied" the guns is misleading and implies that the store knowingly armed criminals.
GotItRight

Bishopville, MD

#6 Aug 29, 2007
Shouldn't Jesse be more worried about feeding his bastards? Berry hopefully has his crack addiction under control. Piss poor examples some look at as icons, hell where was Fat Albert? Nobody to extort? Pathetic!
VA Resident

Waynesboro, PA

#7 Aug 29, 2007
Anyone else see the irony here? Marion Barry, a convicted felon who is not legally allowed to own a gun, is out protesting because law-abiding citizens can purchase them.

Message to Fenty: how's the appeal to the USSC on the Heller case coming along? It's due next week.

Since: Aug 07

New York, NY

#8 Aug 29, 2007
Joe wrote:
You got to be kidding me. A gun does not hurt a person. It's a person who fires the gun at another human being. The problem is people with clean records are buying these guns for their family and friends. You can't just walk into any gun store and buy a gun. Besides there are plenty of laws on the books already. We don't need new laws, we need the ones already on the books enforced and for these liberal judges to stop letting people go with minor sentences. Start holding them accountable for their actions. Eveyone has an excuse why they did a crime and it was not their fault.
I agree. People need to be held more accountable. You would not believe the number of times I have heard this issue debated and it is made to sound like the gun takes itself out of its case, loads itself and then shoots someone. I have never heard of a gun jumping up and shooting someone without someone else pulling the trigger. It is ridiculous.
Jason wessen

Hyattsville, MD

#9 Aug 29, 2007
Protest a Gun shop? Using that logic, if people protest a Ginsu knife factory the number of stabing will drop.
Here is a novel idea, perhaps people should channel there energy into protesting for more money for schools, better after school activities, stiffer laws for violent offenders, more rehab programs, more incentives and higher pay for law enforcment, or simply trying to make sure that no American is living at or below the poverty level. Just an Idea.
After all, ther are no Crack/cocaine stores in the USA but you can buy the stuff on just about any street corner. If every gun shop were closed and guns were illegal the average law abiding citizen wouldn't be able to arm themselves but the criminals will, because CRIMINALS DONT ADBIDE to the LAW. If if you think things are bad now, curse the day that guns are made illegal because it will be a blood bath.
Guns are not the problem, crime and the enviorments that breed crime is the problem.
Richard Anderson

Rockville, MD

#10 Aug 31, 2007
Come on Ch 9 give us the FACTS
like how many of those 900 D.C. crime guns were proscuted,or the 400 in P.G. county?
Or tell the rest of the story....like the fact that all gun sales to D.C. residents must be approved by the D.C. firearms office
[yes, D.C. residents can still buy and own rifles and shotguns]or all sales of handguns and some rifles must be approved by Md. state police.Md has a waiting period and paper work takes "awhile" In D.C.
Also all gun sales require federal paper work [that is how they trace them]
Another fact you did not disclose is how many of those guns were stolen[in other words not used by the original purcher]?
And lastly how many of these 1300 guns were not used in a crime causing injury or loss of property?like the one found in a trash can and turned into police,or the one "discovered" during a routine traffic stop,or one brought to school by a child?
So to sum it up,who approved these sales?did these criminals end up in court?how about jail?
AND finally who on your "NEWS TEAM"
droped the ball and did not give us all the facts?or could it just be that you are just antigun?
Dorothy Riley

Rockville, MD

#11 Aug 31, 2007
Realco Guns is not the problem. Before every gun is sold, the Maryland State Police are contacted, and they give permission (or not) for the person to purchase a gun. Why don't these folks protest in front of the Police headquarters? Or, why not protest in front of the court house where the laws already in place are not enforced?
memerider

Fort Washington, MD

#12 Sep 11, 2007
So 400 guns originated at Realco. The buyers of these guns went through onerous, burdensome Brady checks at Realco--which have been proven to cost a lot for very little in return. They waste commercial, police, and citizen resources to provide a "feel good" service with few results and are mostly intimidating to innocent customers who simply wish to protect themselves or participate in recreational shooting sports.

We don't know how many of these guns were actually stolen or sold later by other individuals or shops that don't provide these checks, so we point to the original seller--that *did* perform the required checks so the guns could be traced back to them!

Government actions have led to the closure of 79% of gun dealers since 1994 so there are fewer places for law-abiding citizens to purchase these useful tools. No wonder the few remaining outlets are the source of all the guns in highly populated metropolitan areas!

As usual, we hear the minority--the traumatized families of those who were the targets of crime and the people who are riding the emotional appeal of feel-good legislation that infringes on constitutionally-guaranteed rights and does little to actually solve the real problems. In fact, it only puts more innocent, law-abiding people at the effect of criminals.

What if police and lawmakers worked with citizens instead of passing more laws that criminals will ignore that will only burden the law-abiding and limit their access to tools of self-defense?

Our Founding Fathers knew that the vast majority of citizens could be depended upon to help their neighbors and communities and trusted them to exercise their rights responsibly.

Let's try something completely different. Let's bring back school shooting sports, and actually make air-rifle a bona fide sport in PG County schools. Young people can build self-esteem, focus, discipline, and act in the manner that young people did for many generations with no crime problem--and possibly prepare for the Olympics! Instead of turning guns into alluring forbidden fruit, let's encourage learning firearm safety and have recreation that may draw more kids off the street.

And let's stop turning more of our law-abiding citizens into criminals with the stroke of a pen.

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