Skip to comments.Now We’re Getting Somewhere (San Fran gun ban)
Posted on 11/09/2005 1:00:10 PM PST by neverdem
November 09, 2005,
Now We’re Getting Somewhere
A silver lining in a gun ban.
Who wrote the following?
Is it the NRA claiming that gun laws disarm law-abiding citizens and not criminals? No. Amazingly enough it was the San Francisco Chronicle, one of the more liberal newspapers in the U.S., in an editorial arguing against Proposition H, the initiative that passed on Tuesday to ban handguns in the city.
Yet, despite this reasonableness, the initiative passed with a safe margin, 58 percent of the vote. Perhaps that isn't very surprising in a city where a proposition banning military recruiters at public high schools and colleges got even more support and almost 80 percent voted against parental notification for minors getting abortions.
Ultimately, though, the vote didn't mean much of anything. As San Francisco's Mayor, Gavin Newsom, a strong supporter of gun control, said, the ban "clearly will be thrown out [in court]... It's really just a public opinion poll at the end of the day." State law prohibits local jurisdictions from enacting such a ban, and an even weaker law requiring handgun registration that was enacted by the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1982 was thrown out by the California state supreme court.
The silver lining was how forcefully many organizations such as the police came out against the gun ban. Besides discussing the increases in murder occurring in Washington, D.C. after it instituted a handgun ban, the officers stated: "When we disarm honest, law-abiding citizens, we contribute to empowering criminals and endangering society-at-large." They directly acknowledged how important it was for people to be able to defend themselves with a handgun when the police couldn't be there.
It would be nice if San Francisco could avoid the increases in violent crime rates experienced by Washington, D.C. and Chicago after their handgun bans.
But Bill O'Reilly probably said it best recently on the Fox News Channel when he noted: "Once I saw what happened in Hurricane Katrina, I said every American household should have a firearm. If there's a tremendous earthquake in San Francisco and looting, you don't want your family protected? You don't want a firearm in your house? You're living in the world of Oz."
It is one thing for a group such as the Pink Pistols, a gay-rights group that advocates people being able to defend themselves, to make these claims, but it's a broader group talking about the importance of people being able to defend themselves and their loved ones these days. The fact that so many people discuss and debate how a gun ban can lead to more crime itself reflects how much the debate has been changing.
Spare me from the newly converted.
i think they ought to let the ban stand. AND it should be shouted from the highest rooftop - NO ARMED CITIZEN (prey) IN SF!!!".
let all the armed thugs gravitate thereto for the safe pursuit of their chosen career paths.
other cities will become safer as thugs move away, SF will become the drime pit of the USA, and everybody will know why.
1. Kevin's descent into buffoonery has completed.
2. Al Franken and Bill O'Reilly are mirror images of each other: pompous windbags with acutely excessive senses of self-importance.
I thought it was the biggest crime pit in America anyway, if Willie Brown was any indication.
Be Ever Vigilant!
John Lott is not newly converted. You should read his other works re guns.
well? if they want to mazke it worse, let them.
AND we can showcase it.
Who's Kevin Miller?
Dunno the political bent of the SFE, but it's not really relevant to Lott's main point anyway.
Why haven't the handgun bans in Chicago and D.C. been overturned by the courts?
I don't care what wakes people up to the evils of gun control. When they join us, I welcome them.
Yeah someone should also point out to O'reilly, the hell with Katrina since most of those stories turned out to be bogus anyway and instead think Paris! That's an even more stark example of reality coming to bite leftists in the ass. Or more likely to kill them!!!!
Oakland now has some hunting grounds.
That comment was for Bill O'Reilly.
Gavin Newsom, a strong supporter of gun control, said, the ban "clearly will be thrown out [in court]... It's really just a public opinion poll at the end of the day."
Sure, you idiot; just waste the taxpayers' and the NRA's time and money on illegal "opinion polls." Good old SanFran - a complete waste of oxygen.
The fact that so many people discuss and debate how a gun ban can lead to more crime itself reflects how much the debate has been changing.
That their Chronicle and Examiner could see the light is no mean feat.
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