Is This Reasonable?

There is lots of ruckus about gun laws these days. I have written elsewhere in this blog about the type of gun laws no one could object to, the reasonable ones.

Today, I heard about Emily Miller. Emily is a Senior Editor for Opinion at the Washington Times in Washington, DC.

Used to be in Washington, DC, you could not possess a handgun. Then a security guard named Heller pushed the issue and in the Supreme Court’s Heller opinion, they said he was right. Now, you can keep one in the home for self defense.

The opinion puzzled me, since the second amendment says to keep and bear arms. So keeping one at home seems a bit limiting to me. Besides, how dangerous is it inside your home? Oh well, maybe that’s the reasonable part.

Back to Emily. After the Supreme Court decision and after the laws were changed, reasonably in the eyes of some, I suspect, Emily decided to get a gun. I found out about this today through a blog post of hers celebrating her actually getting the gun.

Now she got it February 8, 2012; so, as usual, I am a bit behind the eight ball with this news flash.

Doesn’t she look great? Nice high grip. Finger off the trigger. Support hand high up under the trigger guard. Now, I kinda prefer the barrel be pointed down but there is not universal agreement on that and not a universal set of circumstances.

However, as the middle eastern men shooting their guns in the air in celebration seem not to understand, what goes up must come down.

So let’s catch up with Emily at the police station with her now legal gun… uh… legal in the home. How to get it home?

Well, turns out you are allowed to bring the gun home from the police station. Phew, they reasonably figured that out. One small (reasonable) restriction, the gun must be locked and in a locked case for transport.

Emily being a true city dweller uses public transportation. Should she take the metro home? How else can she get home? Bravely, she jumps on the metro. As soon as she sits down, she realizes that, holy crap, I am sitting here with a gun!

Then a thought that went through my head many times, when I did the same thing in NYC, went through hers. What if I am mugged? Can’t use the gun to protect myself. Well, maybe, reasonably, she could bop the mugger over the head with the locked case.

More likely, the bad guys would just get another gun. Well, we gun folks are at least smart enough to put the darn locked case in a nondescript bag. Then you just pray and keep very vigilant.

I won’t keep you in suspense. Emily made it home. She likes her gun. She practices with it’s mechanical functions, her stance, and grip. Now her left hand looks a little “soft” to my instructor’s eye and I have never been a fan of the locked elbow stance.

But these are easy things to modify. Only Emily has one small problem. She has no ammunition. She has no range where she can practice and increase her skills. Worse yet, she has not yet discovered how she can legally buy ammunition or transport her gun to an outside of Washington, DC range, since there are no ranges in DC. Now, just imagine, crossing state lines has joined the “reasonable” mix.

Emily has written a great story on her blog about this entire saga. Check it out. Have a go at the other chapters. It will give you a whole new appreciation of reasonable.

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