A San Francisco Superior Court judge showed uncommon sense in shooting down a citywide ban on handgun possession that had been voted in by San Francisco voters last November:
Proposition H, which passed with a 58 percent majority in November, would have outlawed possession of handguns by all city residents except law enforcement officers and others who need guns for professional purposes. It also would have forbidden the manufacture, sale and distribution of guns and ammunition in San Francisco.Judge James Warren ruled that handgun possession is a matter properly handled at the state level, and that California law "implicitly prohibits a city or county from banning handgun possession by law-abiding adults. "
And now we see the violence inherent in the system:
Yes, in the best Orwellian tradition, a total ban is a "reasonable, narrowly tailored restriction." I can only imagine what an unreasonable restriction would be. (Actually, no I can't.)
City Attorney Dennis Herrera, whose office defended Prop. H, will decide whether to appeal the ruling in the next day or two, said spokesman Matt Dorsey.
"We're disappointed that the court has denied the right of voters to enact a reasonable, narrowly tailored restriction on the possession of handguns,'' Dorsey said.
Supervisor Chris Daly, a chief sponsor of Prop. H, urged Herrera to appeal and criticized Warren. The judge "sided with the powerful gun lobby against the safety of San Franciscans....''
And what does "sided with the powerful gun lobby" mean? Judge Warren didn't rule that gun ownership was Constitutionally protected, or that San Francisco had trampled on the civil rights of its residents: he simply said that the authority to deal with gun ownership resides with the state of California rather that with individual municipalities, and therefore that
(Sidenote: how come we never hear about the "powerful abortion lobby" or "powerful free speech lobby"?)
Fact is, for all its liberal rhetoric, for all its gay weddings, for all its "progressive" policies, at the end of the day San Francisco is among the US cities least tolerant of dissent from its political orthodoxy. And don't get me started on the unwarranted and unearned "too cool for school" attitude of a large number of its residents. (I've always said that San Franciscans have the attitude of New Yorkers without the reason.) When I lived in Los Angeles I always got a laugh out of how so many San Franciscans looked down on LA, not realizing the extent to which their pseudointellectual snobbery was a pathetic joke.
And now that I've offended an entire city, I believe my work here is done.
Good night, San Francisco!