Thursday, November 10, 2005

San Francisco, Stupid Is As Stupid Does

The citizens of San Francisco voted to outlaw and ban all handguns. The ballot measure prohibits the sale and manufacture of handguns and ammunition in the city. It also bans the possession of handguns in the homes and businesses of city residents. The Associated Press reported; “With all precincts reporting early Wednesday, 58 percent of voters backed the proposed gun ban while 42 percent opposed it.” The same news story also said that: “Although law enforcement, security guards and others who require weapons for work are exempt from the measure, current handgun owners would have to surrender their firearms by April.” (Emphasis added)

Incredible as it seems, 58 percent of the population of a large city can be very stupid. But then, we are talking about the Peoples Republic of San Francisco, the city that made the “Twinkie Defense” famous.

Apparently, Washington D.C. and Chicago have also implemented the same type of handgun bans.

It has worked so well for those two cities, hasn’t it?

A few days ago in Metro Denver, a man protected himself and his family with a firearm when a registered sex offender broke into his house. The family was home at the time of the break in. As the burglar was breaking in, the homeowner grabbed his gun and fired at the bad guy, hitting him in the arm. The sex offender ran from the house and was arrested when he was found at another home seeking help. (Colorado law protects citizens from criminal prosecution when using lethal force in self defense.)

Then there was Hurricane Katrina.

In the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans, the neighborhood association had to act as law enforcement and emergency response as city services disappeared and the police force was unable to protect them. A group of ordinary citizens organized armed patrols to protect themselves and their property.

They slept on their porches with loaded shotguns and set up an alarm system with aluminum cans scattered on the sidewalk. Gunshots were heard for days, sometimes very close.

A man who lives in the neighborhood said looters came up and pulled a gun on a group of men from the neighborhood and three of the looters were shot. The man also said he did not fire a gun himself and declined to say who else was involved in the battle. The man is quoted as saying that: “One was shot in the back, the other in the leg, and the third I was told made it a block and a half before he died in the street. I did not go down to see the body…For five days we didn't need FEMA, the Red Cross or the National Guard…The neighborhood took care of itself.”

The F.B.I. reports that a violent crime is committed every 23.1 seconds. A murder occurs roughly every half-hour. There were 16,137 murders and 94,635 rapes in the United States in 2004. These are cold hard facts.

The police can’t be everywhere all the time. And sometimes even when they are around, they won’t help, or, by the time they respond, someone is dead or severely injured. Or raped.

Sometimes your security and survival comes down to you, yourself. It’s amazing that so many people in such a large city as San Francisco can be as stupid and unthinking as to vote away the basic right of self-defense.

Measure H, in San Francisco, if contested in court will probably be ruled as unconstitutional as it violates the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


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