Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Game, Set and Match: Heller Nails Fenty

Via The Shooting Wire, we have this....

“It’s a simple case to me,” Heller said, “It is wrong for the government to tell me that it is OK for me to have a gun during my work hours, but illegal for me to have a gun when the only thing I want to protect is me.”
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.
I don't care who you are, that was just awesome. As Tam might say, SNARK FOR THE WIN!
In all seriousness, though, Heller was right on the money -- he nailed that son of a bitch Adrian Fenty right in the ass. If Fenty actually believed what he said, he wouldn't be traveling with a gaggle of armed bodyguards everywhere he goes. It's easy for him to say that, as he lives a completely different life than his subjects. I'd love to know who that reporter was and if Dick Heller's answer to his question will actually make it into his or her story. I'd bet the cost of my plane ticket to Kentucky that it won't. And I'd also bet that no reporter asked Fenty why he feels his subjects shouldn't be allowed the same rights to lethal force that he has. So much for the press being a watchdog over the .gov. Of course, we all know that particular role was made into a sick joke a long time ago.