In D.C., Voting Rights Disappointment

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Regarding the Feb. 27 front-page article "D.C. Voting Measure Clears the Senate":

I am a psychiatrist practicing in the District, and I have many patients who have been victims or perpetrators of gun violence. The repeal of the District's gun-registration requirement that was inserted into the D.C. House Voting Rights Act by the Senate would be catastrophic. This measure would dramatically increase the availability of unregulated firearms in the city, putting many more of them in the hands of violent criminals. Much gun violence happens impulsively, and the possibility that an intended victim might also have a weapon serves as little deterrent -- in fact, it can inspire perpetrators to shoot more quickly.

If this amendment becomes law, it would make me frightened to work and live in a city that has been my home for 13 years.




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