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Friday, December 17, 2004

San Francisco Bastards

posted by Jazz at 12/17/2004 09:25:00 AM

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Every time you look away for too long, there's somebody trying to take away your constitutionally assured rights. Next up, we have these idiots in San Francisco.

San Francisco supervisors want voters to approve a sweeping handgun ban that would prohibit almost everyone except law enforcement officers, security guards and military members from possessing firearms in the city.

The measure, which will appear on the municipal ballot next year, would bar residents from keeping guns in their homes or businesses, Bill Barnes, an aide to Supervisor Chris Daly, said Wednesday. It would also prohibit the sale, manufacturing and distribution of handguns and ammunition in San Francisco, as well as the transfer of gun licenses.

As this article correctly points out, there are currently only a few cities in the US that have a ban on handguns, one being Washington, D.C. The ban has been in place for quite a while now. So, how's that been working out?

Washington, D.C. is the only major American city that currently bans handgun possession by private citizens. Andrew Arulanandam, director of public affairs for the National Rifle Association, said San Francisco officials are remiss to use the District of Columbia's experience as a model.

"If gun control worked, Washington, D.C. would be the beacon. However, it's the murder capital of the United States," Arulanandam said.

Exactly. Sam Paredes explains why these types of actions, while sounding wonderful to some extreme social reformists, are doomed to failure.

"The amazing thing is they are going to turn San Francisco into ground zero for every criminal who wants to profit at their chosen profession," Paredes said. "People are going to be assaulted, people are going to be robbed, people are going to be pushed around by thugs and the police are going to be powerless to do anything about it."

I certainly hope the people of the Bay area are smart enough to vote this down before it winds up clogging the courts for years to come, eventually being struck down as unconstitutional anyway.

Over at Winds of Change, the Armed Liberal provides some additional perspective: "As policy, if this worked, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City would be the safest places in the country. They're not? And as politics, it maneuvers the Democratic Party here in California out onto a thin branch and starts sawing."

Eugene Volokh reminds us what gun "control" advocates keep screaming at us every election cycle: "No-one Is Trying To Take Away Your Guns" You just keep on believing that.

Steven Bainbridge ponders whether or not such legislation would also violate the fifth amendment? Excellent question, professor.