Keepandbeararms.com has a court transcript of a hearing in the Seegars v. Ashcroft case where a suit has been brought to overturn the D.C. firearm ban. Stephen Halbrook, as lawyer for the Plaintiff isn't exactly trying to win on a Second Amendment basis. And though Dave Kopel recent wrote two NRO pieces slamming the non-NRA Silveira case on the basis that they're not taking the "slow-and-careful" approach and that the chief counsel for Silveira isn't a hot-shot NRA lawyer, Halbrook comes off pretty badly in the transcript IMHO.
If that's how the NRA is working to protect our Second Amendment rights, I want them off the job, and they're going to get a letter from me to that effect.
And the Silveira team is going to get a check.
Fuck 'em when the counsel for the NRA says:
YOUR HONOR, WE ARE HERE WANTING TO REGISTER HANDGUNS. WE ARE NOT HERE WANTING UNRESTRICTED ACCESS. WE'RE NOT HERE ASKING TO CARRY THEM, OTHER THAN IN THE HOME.Tell me that THAT quote won't show up in every anti-gun newsletter, publication, and website - and bet your ass it will end up on the Nightly News.
"We are here wanting to register handguns"???? Even IN context I cannot abide that statement.
UPDATE: Halbrook is the author of Registration: The Nazi Paradigm, which opens:
It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms. The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects.And concludes:
Individual criminals wreak their carnage on individuals or small numbers of people. As this century has shown, terrorist governments have the capacity to commit genocide against millions of people, provided that the people are unarmed. Schemes to confiscate firearms kept by peaceable citizens have historically been associated with some of the world's most insidious tyrannies. Given this reality, it is not surprising that law-abiding gun owners oppose being objects of registration.And yet he could say what is quoted above?
And you wonder lawyers have such a bad name?