Megan McArdle asks what many people in D.C. will (likely) be asking themselves in the near future:
So if Heller, as libertarians devoutly hope, legalizes gun ownership in DC, the question immediately arises for those of us who live here: buy one, or not? On the one hand, they are expensive, and shooting ranges far away. On the other hand, I live alone in an apartment that is something less than amply fortified.Here's my answer for what it's worth. Yes.
I'm no firearms expert, but I do carry and keep guns in my home for, among other reasons, protection. I'm an occasional hunter, but more often I'm at the range. Ammo is relatively inexpensive and once you do get to a range, it's a lot of fun. I've never needed it for protection, but I'm pretty sure I'll be happy to have one handy in case I do. Last I checked, the crime rate for my city was the highest in the state, and it seems every time the subject arises in conversation, I find that I am talking to another victim. My neighbors were burglarized last year, and I'm in a pretty nice neighborhood. But that's just me.
For those in D.C. you have it worse than me.
If you do purchase one and you're new to guns, learn the four rules, and take a concealed-carry course near you.