Mayor Fenty, You are getting very bad advice on gun control in the District. These anti-gun activists are missing the point entirely. Law-abiding citizens are denied the basic guarantee of self-defense in their own homes and cars. As you take the D.C. v. Heller case to the Supreme Court, please remember that self-defense should never be off the table for citizens of our republic, not in floods, storms, tornadoes, civil unrest, ANYTHING, ever. What has happened defacto is that guns have effectively been removed from most of the citizens, but the bad guys have remained armed to the nines. I respectfully disagree with the law there that would deny basic civil rights. I am not a member of the NRA and speak for myself only. For the most part, when gun-free zones are created, they basically put up a sign for criminals to say, go here, the people are not armed. I do not think this was the intended result of the legislation some 30 years ago in the district. I believe the intentions were honorable to try to reduce crime in the district and that it was out of hand. I think that the Court, should it grant cert, will rule narrowly and say whether or not the appeals court ruling was correct or not. Second, I would expect them to determine if the guarantee of self-defense is an individual or collective right under the 2nd amendment and would be surprised if they address the question of the relationship to the 14th amendment and other legal questions. Last, I would expect them not to close the door on some regulation of firearms and would expect them to leave that up to the states. However, many states would ask for preemption to prevent unreasonable laws and ordinances from being adopted that deny citizens their 2nd amendment rights. Technically, these rights existed prior to the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of all 50 states. You cannot abridge a right you had before the Constitution was written. I am sorry that these rights were denied in D.C., NY and other cities and after Katrina in New Orleans. My sense is that if you personally had been in New Orleans after the floods, with all the murderers, robbers, rapists and looters, many of whom were armed, you might feel differently. Thank you for hearing me out and I ask that you project yourself into the situations that some citizens face every day, in which the bad guys would do them harm. Reply 9-2-07: From: "imailagent" <customerservice> Save Address Block Sender To: <sprinklebum> Subject: Email from the EOM (Intranet Quorum IMA00485364) Date: Sunday, September 02, 2007 10:43:45 AM [View Source] Dr. Sprinkle, Thank you for your communication. I believe that the District of Columbia's gun control laws are critical to protecting the public's safety and have saved countless lives. I also believe that the District's laws are fully consistent with the United States Constitution, and the District will soon be asking the United States Supreme Court to recognize as much. As always, I appreciate your comments and am pleased to serve the interests of the District's citizens. Sincerely, Adrian Fenty Mayor Note added: This experience of writing is just like micturating into the wind, which is the politically correct term for pissing into the wind. The proper saying for this experience might be that a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. I know we are supposed to discuss, persuade and educate, but I have concluded that some people are not educable, their mind is closed and they do not want to be confused by facts or rational thinking. So give me an A for effort and an F for result.