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Saturday, January 01, 2005

San Francisco: Muse of the Conservative Pundit

Remember how I said in my previous post that I'm running low on ideas? Well there's a cure for that problem, and it's called San Francisco. It looks like they're keeping their quota of breaking one major state law per year.

The Fox News article points out that DC has a ban on all private ownership of handguns, and the murder rate went up anyway (or, rather, because of), and dutifully quotes a gun enthusiast pointing out that this deprives homeowners of effective protection, etc. And it quotes anti-gun-enthusiast Chris Daly:

"When you get guns out of people's homes and off the streets, it means that that gun is not going to be used in a shooting that kills someone, whether a murder or an accidental shooting."

Yes, Daly, and it also means that gun won't protect someone who otherwise could ward off an attacker.

But here's the real plum:

"Despite state laws that prevent local governments from banning handguns, the city believes doing just that will stem a wave of homicides that's left 87 people dead this year."

Query: if San Francisco doesn't care about the laws that govern it, why should any resident of San Francisco care about ordinances passed by that city? Seriously, the city government clearly has no respect for the rule of law whatsoever, so why should citizens?