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DC Gun Ban Under Fire

by Ashley Grashaw
Jun 23, 2008

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The closest I've ever come to opening fire on someone was hurling a barrage of insults at a telemarketer who was relentless during dinner time.* I've never been held at gun point, and no one close to me has ever come under fire, literally. So I don't really have a stake in the gun control debate. But my interest was piqued recently: the Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision this week regarding Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban. In the first ruling of its kind, the Court will decide whether the right to bear arms extends to individuals' rights or service in a well-regulated militia. Many believe the ban will be overturned, but other restrictions, like background checks, are expected to survive.

While the Justices consider this weighty constitutional issue, an old debate is resurfacing in the rest of the country: who's really affected by guns? Some argue gun ownership is a deterrent to violence, but others say more guns equals more crime. And, to add fuel to the fire, there's still no end in sight on the disagreement over how to regulate gun ownership and violence. Today we talk to two straight shooters — Supreme Court reporter David Savage, and gun policy expert Jens Ludwig — who will bring us the facts of the case, and parse perception versus reality. So check your assumptions at the door, don't jump the gun on your final opinion, and tell us, what shaped your position on guns?

* I'm not proud of these moments.

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