In a 5-4 decision on June 28th the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s ban on handguns. Chicago mayor Richard Daley was left shaking his head. The previous week had been an exceptionally bloody one with 54 people shot over a single weekend. His distaste could be felt by many across the country. DC’s delegate to the House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton, saw it quite another way. In a June 30th press release she praised a decision that “appears to vindicate and to sanction gun laws like the District’s new and revised gun laws”.