How Washington, D.C., Woman Came To Oppose Gun Ban


The Washington Post profiles Shelly Parker, the woman whose name is on the lawsuit attempting to invalidate Washington, D.C.,’s ban on handgun ownership. Parker did everything she could to keep her home near Capitol Hill safe. She owned a dog. She called police when she suspected illegal activity on her block. She installed a security camera on her front window. Parker found her car window smashed and saw rocks scattered around the vehicle. She felt it was retaliation for her vigilance. “That really disturbed me to my core,” Parker said. An Army brat who served in the Navy, Parker purchased her home in February 2002, part of a wave of affluent new homeowners during that time who contributed to a swift escalation of housing prices in the area.

In the warm weather, men loitered, drinking beer, smoking marijuana, and attracting traffic Parker suspected was related to drug sales. Sometimes they hung out on various front stoops, including her own. Parker started calling the police and took to the streets in orange-hat citizen patrols. When men planted themselves near her house, she told them to take a hike. In a parking lot, she spotted a car with a bumper sticker that read She told the driver about what was happening in her neighborhood. He put her in touch with a friends, one of the lawyers in the gun litigation. She agreed to be a plaintiff.


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