As I continue in trying to keep up on the Webb\Thompson handgun incident last week, I ran across some interesting information about past handgun incidents in Washington D.C.
The media reports have dropped off a bit since it happened last week and I am sure the Mainstream media has more important issues to push, but has anybody heard talk of what penalties Phil Thompson faces? I believe I heard that he faces 1 to 5 years in jail for posessing a loaded handgun in the nations capitol but unable to locate a reliable source on that. If anybody has that information please post it and provide source...
I have also seen several comments about how us members of the "Vast Right-wing Conspiracy" should be defending Senator Webb and his gunrights. The interesting thing is that YES most of the Conservative blogs and Republican sites are defending the Senators gun rights as do I... I believe Webb, as well as all legal Americans who qualify, should be able to carry and protect themselves and their families.. But where are the comments, statements, and mainstream media articles on how the Democratic party is responding to the Junior Senator's incident?...
But in searching I did find the following information:
"In 1976, Washington, D.C., enacted one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city's murder rate has risen 134 percent while the national murder rate has dropped 2 percent."
Another thing is that Senator Webb (D) is not the first member of Congress to have issues with the gun laws:
"You see, when Washington D.C. enacted their gun ban in 1976 they did not exempt members of Congress or their staffs from the ban. The only handguns permitted were those owned prior to 1976 that were registered with the city". .
Regarding the Webb incident:
"There were three cars in his entourage and several bags were in his car. In a mix up somehow Thompson wound up with the bag containing the Senator’s pistol. When Thompson returned to work at the U.S. Capitol he attempted to enter the Capitol without the Senator in tow. He was also carrying the bag with the pistol in it. The Capitol Hill Police found the loaded handgun along with two additional loaded magazines. Thompson was arrested on the spot and was forced to spend the night in jail. Thompson claims the handgun belongs to Senator Webb."
And did you know?:
"The interesting thing is the Capitol Police will allow a member of Congress to carry a gun into the Capitol building. Never mind that getting it to the Capitol building means they have committed a felony transporting it across gun-banning Washington D.C. Had the Senator carried the gun unloaded “wrapped” into the building that would have been fine with the Capitol Police. Members of Congress can also wave their staff around the metal detectors, so one wonders how often Thompson actually carried the Senator’s gun in to the Capitol Building without going through the metal detectors. Which brings into question, how many times did the Senator commit a felony by crossing through Washington D.C. armed with a pistol? I doubt that question will be pursued by the press.The Senator says he did not give his handgun to Thompson..Senator Webb is not alone in this elitist attitude, of course."
Interestingly the worst offenders are also Democrats." In 1986 Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy’s bodyguard Chuck Stein was arrested in the U.S. Capitol building for carrying an unregistered handgun, two submachine guns, and 146 rounds of ammunition. Senator Kennedy attempted to use his clout to have the charges dropped as he needed a body guard. Never mind that Teddy Kennedy has been the poster boy for gun bans for decades. He needs protection, but in his view we don’t. It has always nauseated me to watch some sanctimonious arrogant scion like Ted Kennedy spout the virtues of gun prohibition for us, while he needs his armed body guards. In this he is much like that bloated glittering jewel of ignorance, Rosie O’Donnell. More annoying is the press giving them a pass on it."
"Some years back Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, was caught in an interesting hypocrisy concerning guns. When he voted to ban “semi-automatic assault rifles” he admitted he kept a Colt AR 15 in his home in Washington D.C. for protection. When it was later pointed out to him that it was illegal for him to have that rifle in Washington, he said he misspoke and that he kept the gun in his home in West Virginia. Never the less the hypocrisy of the man voting to ban you or I getting a new Colt AR 15 while it was alright for him to have one stinks of a belief in “Senatorial Privilege” most foul."
"Another offender of the D.C. gun ban is Representative Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota). At least he is pro-Second Amendment. However. he admits to keeping a gun in his Capitol Hill office in Washington D.C. When asked how he gets it there, he replied “It’s not very far to the Virginia line.” He ignores that it is nevertheless a felony to transport it there."
Thompson, like Kennedy’s man Stein, will face the brunt of the law. Their bosses evade punishment for encouraging these illegal actions, of course. I look forward to the day that travesties of justice such as this end and the men who encouraged the crime are held to account too. Better yet I look forward to a restoration of all of our rights nationwide to bear arms for our defense. No need for worrying about reciprocity. As a Citizen of the United States you could simply carry nationwide. I wonder if that can be done in my life time. It would be nice."
Tim Inwood is the current Legislative Liaison and Past President of the Clinton County Farmers and Sportsmen Association, an Endowment Member of the NRA, Life Member of OGCA, and a volunteer for Buckeye Firearms Association.
I also found it interesting how "Loaded" the gun Thompson was carrying. I believe we all know that it was Senator Webb's (D) handgun that Thompson was carrying and it truely was "Loaded for Bear"... loaded with a full clip and two additional clips of ammunition...