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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » “No Further Questions, Mr. Heller”

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Mr. Heller, the good guy in DC v. Heller, delivered one of the best slapdowns we’ve ever read when asked about the “safe streets” of DC:

At that point, a reporter interjected: “The Mayor (DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty) says the handgun ban and his initiatives have significantly lowered violent crime in the District. How do you answer that, Mr. Heller?”

The initial answer certainly wasn’t expected – Dick Heller laughed. Ruefully.

Pointing at the Mayor who was making his way across the plaza, surrounded by at least six DC police officers, Heller said, “The Mayor doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He doesn’t walk on the street like an average citizen. Look at him; he travels with an army of police officers as bodyguards—to keep him safe. But he says that I don’t have the right to be a force of one to protect myself. Does he look like he thinks the streets are safe?”

There was no follow-up question.

We bet there weren’t.

22 Responses to ““No Further Questions, Mr. Heller””
  1. LC Gunsniper Comment by LC Gunsniper UNITED STATES

    :em01: :em01: :em01:

    :em69: Mr. Heller. :em69:

  2. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

    That is my definition of elegant eloquence.

    Nice shot. :em01:

  3. oldguy Comment by oldguy UNITED STATES

    We don’t need no stinkin’ guns! We just need six, or more, full time bodyguards. :em98:

  4. Unregistered Comment by curmudgeon1 UNITED STATES

    Aw come on. Any mild mannered reporter will tell you; if you don’t rate bodyguards, your life has no value.

  5. LC cmblake6 Comment by LC cmblake6

    indeed. I don’t remember where else I said this, but, simply enough, indeed. Mayor sure ’nuff has a safe town, now don’t he. I mean, only thought he needed 6 guards after all.

  6. Bill H, Resident Car Guy Comment by Bill H, Resident Car Guy UNITED STATES

    Well, I do guess a scared shitless mayor is an improvement over a crackhead mayor. :em41:

  7. Haverwilde Comment by Haverwilde UNITED STATES

    I just got back from D.C. On one of my jaunts I went on Metro (a marvelous mass transit railroad) from Arlington, VA through D.C. into Maryland in less that an hour, and then returned. The idea that D.C.’s gun laws would even slow the importing of handguns is absurd. Their ban just takes the guns out of the hands of law-abiding people. (I love the nation’s capital, it’s the politicians that live there that I can’t stand.)

  8. Cannon Fodder Comment by Cannon Fodder UNITED STATES

    If there must be a gun ban, it should be in “FantasyLand” where the D.C. Mayor actually lives!

  9. Unregistered Comment by mindy1 UNITED STATES

    :em93: Good answer sir :em69: I hope he wins

  10. LC CiSSnarl5.7 Chariot Builder Comment by LC CiSSnarl5.7 Chariot Builder KUWAIT

    D.C.’s Official crackhead, er I mean. Mayor gets Punked! :em95:

    That reply to the journal-jizzer ranks right up with the COL that told the reporter after Katrina…”Let’s not get stuck on Stupid here.”

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  13. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. UNITED STATES

    Brilliant, just brilliant. Anything that leaves journalijizzers speechless should be aerosolized, canned, and sold at cost. Just think of the reduction in hot air that would ensue. Glowbull Wormening solved.

  14. LC_Salgak Comment by LC_Salgak UNITED STATES

    So THAT is what the militia clause is all about. I have the right to 6 armed bodyguards, just like Mayor Fenty!!!! :em01:

  15. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur Comment by Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur

    I was listening to two law school profs field the Court’s questions on Hugh Hewitt yesterday. I kept thinking that if DC’s counsel really believed the militia was the only entity empowered by the 2nd Amendment to have guns, and he really felt that militia=National Guard only, then why didn’t he argue that DC’s ban was appropriate, since DC has no National Guard?

    The scarier part was listening to the prognostication later. Both felt that the court would hold the right to be an individual right, but that the real split would be revealed in “what standard of review” the Court would chose to apply to this right. I couldn’t stop screaming at the radio that you cannot now abbrogate a right that has been the de facto law of the land by the application of artificial standards of review because it has finally been the subject of a case in controversy in front of the Court. Especially not this right, unless they really want to see what an armed and determined populace can accomplish when angered.

  16. Proud Infidel Comment by Proud Infidel

    Yet another fine example of how far :em41: libs have their heads up their asses!!! :em99:

  17. LC  MuscleDaddy Comment by LC MuscleDaddy UNITED STATES

    That was one of those perfect, pristine moments -

    …when someone asks you just the right question,

    just as you’re hitting on all eight cylinders,

    …and just as the perfect example for refuting the idiocy of the question appears,

    …taking the form of your opponent.

    .
    I suggest we observe a moment of silence, guys - for surely, that constituted a small miracle.

    - MuscleDaddy

    P.S. - BiW,

    Ah! So that was you! I thought I was shouting so loud as to create a microphone-less feedback loop through my own radio!

  18. deMontjoie Comment by deMontjoie UNITED STATES

    BZ to Dick Heller!!!

    A right is G-d-given. No matter what the “Men in Black” say about this case, our right remains unimpaired.

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  20. Wild-Eyed Charlie Comment by Wild-Eyed Charlie

    The scarier part was listening to the prognostication later. Both felt that the court would hold the right to be an individual right, but that the real split would be revealed in “what standard of review” the Court would chose to apply to this right. I couldn’t stop screaming at the radio that you cannot now abbrogate a right that has been the de facto law of the land by the application of artificial standards of review because it has finally been the subject of a case in controversy in front of the Court. Especially not this right, unless they really want to see what an armed and determined populace can accomplish when angered.

    Fear not, BiW; as deMontjoie pointed out, a “right is G-d-given. No matter what the “Men in Black” say about this case, our right remains unimpaired.”

    Whatever the GFW’s say, I will always possess firearms, one way or another. Owning and responsibly using firearms is the ultimate expression of personal responsibility, a knowing and informed choice. Attempting to deprive us of that G-d given (not man given, not government given and not court given) right is also a choice. Not very responsible, not very informed, and sure as sh-t not very smart; but then, we all live and die by the choices we make, don’t we?

  21. LC Patton Comment by LC Patton UNITED STATES

    Good job Mr. Heller :em69:

  22. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten UNITED STATES

    Freakin’ media hacks. The TRUTH is : Since 1976, the year the DC gun ban was enacted, Murder rates have climbed higher. Only one year (I think it was 1978…?) had a lower murder rate after the gun ban. Why is empirical evidence ignored? I’m starting to think that the Tin Foil Hat wearing, Black Helicopter folks aren’t so crazy after all…