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Grading On A Curve

Saturday, March 18, 2006

In last week’s Grassroots Alert, we reported on the annual ritual of the Brady Campaign issuing its “grades” to states based on the group’s opinion of state gun laws.  To reinforce the silliness of the Brady Campaign’s grading system, one only needs to look at the group’s grade for Washington, D.C., released this week.

In breaking from past tradition to “grade” only states, the Brady Bunch gives the District a “B,” citing the city’s law on juveniles possessing guns, its egregious ban on keeping an assembled firearm in the home for self-defense, and its lack of a Right-to-Carry provision.  Noticeably absent on the list of criteria for D.C. earning a “B” was the city’s handgun ban.

As noted by ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline, “In debating representatives from the Brady Bunch for years, I’ve heard them claim to support gun ownership for self-defense in the home.  But they voice no support for repealing this Draconian law.  Once again, the Brady Campaign speaks out of both sides of its mouth; calling for gun bans when it suits their agenda and ignoring their past support of existing gun bans when politically expedient.  They rate an “A+” for hypocrisy.
If the murder capital of the nation, which has had a virtual ban on handgun ownership for decades, receives a grade as high as “B” by the Brady Campaign, this should be one test that states should strive to fail.

Please be sure to continue to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to cosponsor and support S. 1082 and H.R. 1288--the Senate and House versions of the “District of Columbia Personal Protection Act,” that seeks to repeal the D.C. handgun ban.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.