Regarding those four women lawyers you were at lunch with after McDonald oral arguments, I was one of them. Two of those women lawyers had arrived in the dead of night, alone, and had to park their cars in an isolated area in a parking garage at Union Station. 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Each woman was alone. It was dark. Neither woman is physically strong. Each had to navigate her way across a dark parking lot to a dark elevator room, down an enclosed elevator, through a dim and unpopulated area inside Union Station.
And each woman had to do it absolutely unarmed. One of the women is soon to be 60 and could have been beaten to a pulp by most any male over the age of 16. The area was accessible by anyone. And the laws in D.C. prohibited her from the most obvious self-protection â€” a small, hand-held firearm. A 60-year-old woman attorney with an absolutely spotless record, and D.C. laws would not allow her to have the means of self-protection with her. There was no security officer any where near, and a phone call for help would have required an officer driving to Union Station, driving up four levels of a parking garage, and looking for a dead or mangled body.
Abby Spangler needs to start thinking of women and of womenâ€™s safety.
Absolutely. Bitter and I did the same walk, later in the morning than they did. I had to leave my gun at home, because despite the fact that I can legally carry in Virginia, I can’t have a gun in the District, even locked in my vehicle, unloaded and in a locked container. For all intents and purposes, my Second Amendment rights did not exist for that weekend. As great a victory as Heller was, and as great a victory as I believe McDonald will be, we still have a long way to go.