If a DC resident wishes to take advantage of the ability to legally protect himself or herself, s/he has to wait until someone is willing to sell handguns or serve as the dealer for the transfer of them. S/he also must apply for a license and register the gun. The gun can't be a semi-automatic, so s/he has to pick out a revolver and a speedloader (after all, if you're going to have to keep it unladed, you'd better figure out how to load it quickly). And after only several weeks of attempting the feat, the DC resident may now be the proud owner of a legal handgun, assuming all goes well.
See, it must be easy and fast--it only took a paragraph!
Free men do not have to beg the government to allow them to exercise their rights. In Alaska, you can carry a gun concealed or unconcealed with no license or registration. They do offer a concealed weapons permit so as to help Alaskans carry in other states, but it is not required in Alaska. In Vermont, there is no permit, which can be an annoyance for Vermont residents who travel. Unfortunately, many gun owners like to use the hoops they jump through for their permit as a badge of honor--"Oh, well I had to take a three-day course including several firing exercises. Only three of us managed to pass all portions. We really have to know what we're doing to carry in [home state]."
Every gun owner should take it upon themselves to learn their weapons, but it should not be government-mandated. As a free man, I have the right to carry tools for my own defense. If I misuse these tools, I likely won't be a free man much longer. Murder, assault, and the like are already illegal. We don't require a license for a typewriter, pen, or computer because of the risk of libel, nor should we. Heck, look at the trash that's written online--we certainly don't require a literacy test before we can write things for the world to read. Rights are rights. It's clear-cut, whether we're looking at the First Amendment or the Second. I sincerely hope that DC will somehow remember that and stop the nonsensical registration and ridiculous restrictions.