Quote of the day—Dennis Henigan

It is true that D.C.’s gun laws are, to some extent, undercut by weaker gun laws of surrounding jurisdictions, particularly Virginia. But that is hardly the fault of D.C.’s gun laws.

What we’re talking about here is possession of a lethal weapon. The fact that D.C. criminals have to import their guns from other jurisdictions demonstrates that D.C.’s strict gun laws actually work.

Dennis Henigan
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
July 11, 2011
MPD Says D.C. Gun Laws Have No Impact On City Crime
[What he says is true only if by “work” he means the intent of the law is to make it difficult to exercise your specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms. If the intent is to reduce violent crime then the gun laws clearly do not work. But then almost everyone knows Henigan intent is not to increase public safety when he advocates for more restrictive gun laws.

See also this QOTD where Half-Truth Henigan says it is difficult to sort out whether high gun ownership rates cause violent crime.

As I have said before, I want to know the real reason why they continue to advocate for restrictions on guns. I want them asked that question every time they open their mouth.—Joe]

7 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Dennis Henigan

  1. Don’t remember who said this just recently, (it wasn’t me) but it certainly applies: “Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.” Plus the fact the the anti-liberty crowd aren’t interested in reducing crime or violence, They’re just interested in CONTROL.

  2. My intent with asking about the “real reason” is not so much that I don’t know the answer or that I want to hear them say it. I want other people to hear them avoid the question.

  3. “The fact that D.C. criminals have to import their guns from other jurisdictions demonstrates that D.C.’s strict gun laws actually work.”

    In the same breath he acknowledges that DC ‘criminals’ have guns, AND that DC’s prohibitive gun laws ‘work’. Does he even THINK before he opens his mouth or is this a Freudian slip?

  4. Hey don’t forget DC Criminals also help EXPORT guns…

    Just ask Oberfeldwebel Schultz, er I mean AG Eric Holder.. (“I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!”)…

  5. Notice the glaring omission– the anti-libertarians never try to explain why all those surrounding jurisdictions, with their “lax” gun laws, have lower crime rates, and no one ever asks them. Blank out.

  6. Just think: if we could somehow isolate Washington D.C. from the neighboring regions…perhaps surround it by water, put in a Navy to patrol the coasts, and thoroughly search anyone flying in…we can get rid of guns altogether!

    No, wait. We’ve already tried that, with Great Britain, and gun violence increased. Gun violence.

    What really irks me about this is that Henigan et. al. want us to believe that making it difficult to get guns will make people safer, and then they’ll say something like this. Not only are guns being smuggled from outside of Washington, D.C., but they are being smuggled from places with less crime. From this, we’re supposed to conclude that gun control prevents violence?

    Call me a skeptic, but I don’t think so!

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