Disclaimer: I fully support Emily Miller in her quest to expose the outrageous process for legally acquiring a firearm in the District if Criminals. That said...
I keep hearing from the Brady's and their ilk that "guns are different". That a little infringement on GUNS should be accepted because $GUNS CAN KILL, and $Guns are different, and gun owners are just looking for arguments to settle permanently. Politicians lap this up because it furthers their goal of aggrandizing more power unto themselves. Makes for good copy and good video to be seen on the side of $PROTECTING THE CHILDREN. But, what now? DC is on their way to One First (SCOTUS) again over their registration process. The DC resident still has no way to BEAR, since KEEP only applies "in the home". And the criminals ignore the laws anyway...
Councilman Mendelson's condescending display of willful ignorance about "market forces" preventing more FFLs in town, and the "lack of desire to acquire guns based on the miniscule number of registrations" since Heller, was so galling I almost broke my TV in anger. He knows damned good and well that the reason there aren't any more FFLs is because DC's zoning makes it IMPOSSIBLE to open a store. And, the registration process is so expensive and onerous as to dissuade all but the most dedicated (and financially well-off) from completing the process. There is a reason why Charles Sykes' office is at MPD. Just ask Alan Gura.
As for the anti-rights crowd trashing Emily Miller? I bet if you asked them to support outlawing abortion, they would recoil in horror at the affront to their Liberal sensibilities. If DC mandated that a woman go through every step that Emily Miller went through in order to obtain an abortion, there would be marches on city hall daily (all covered gleefully by a complicit media) until the laws were changed. A woman has the "constitutional right" (nowhere enumerated) to kill her unborn baby, but has to jump through the hoops Emily Miller jumped through to acquire a firearm (which IS enumerated in the Constitution)? Give me a break.
Emily Miller, a petite woman, is no match for a thug intent on doing her harm. She wants to acquire the means to protect herself, and equalize her odds against said thug, and the Powers That Be block her at every turn. Shameful.
Councilman Mendelson, you should go back to Emily Miller's articles documenting her journey through your morass of red tape. Every time you see the word Gun or Firearm, I want you to substitute the word ABORTION. Every time you see some class, certificate, mandate, or registration hoop, I want you to substitute Abortion Class, Abortion Certificate, Abortion Registration (with renewal every 3 years). I want you to make the young woman get schooled in some guy's basement about Abortions. I want you to require abortion clinic visits prior to allowing a procedure be done. I want you to make the person prove that they know abortion laws. I want you to ensure that the city's zoning laws make it as easy to open an abortion clinic as it now is to open a gun store. Lastly, I want you to have to openly answer for your role in molding "market forces" to make abortions as easy to acquire in DC as guns currently are.
After all, Abortions kill more people in the United States every year than guns do. We should regulate them at least as diligently. Right? Do it for the children.