Pink Pistols Angered, but Not Surprised, by SF Gun Ban Plans

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A proposed handgun ban in the City of San Francisco would, if passed next November, require all residents to relinquish their weapons within 90 days. The Pink Pistols, the nation's largest organization for the legal and safe self-defense of the sexual-minority community with firearms, has a San Francisco chapter, and is outraged by this ridiculous and illogical measure. In every single instance where such measures have been enacted -- ostensibly to reduce crime -- the desired effect has emphatically not been achieved.

It is a truism of firearm politics that a ban is always followed by confiscation, and that is precisely what is being planned by the San Francisco City Supervisors. Supposedly designed as a response to the rising homicide rate and other social ills, a proposed handgun ban in the City of San Francisco would, if passed next November, require all residents to relinquish their weapons within 90 days. It would also forbid the sale, manufacturing or distribution of handguns, and the transfer of gun licenses.

The Pink Pistols, the nation's largest organization for the legal and safe self-defense of the sexual-minority community with firearms, has a San Francisco chapter, and is outraged by this ridiculous and illogical measure. In every single instance where such measures have been enacted -- ostensibly to reduce crime -- the desired effect has emphatically not been achieved. To the contrary, crime rates have, without exception, escalated out of control, as criminals find it easier and safer to ply their "trade" without fear that their prey will be able to effectively defend themselves.

Chicago and Washington D. C. have strict bans on handgun ownership, and have had them for years. New York has one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation, the Sullivan Act. These cities have the highest level of crime in the nation, and routinely rotate the ignominious title of "Murder Capital" amongst themselves, only occasionally surrendering it to a new city for a short time -- such as Camden, New Jersey, yet another state where it is purposely made extremely difficult to own a firearm, and nigh unto impossible to carry one for defensive purposes.

The Pink Pistols are angry at the decision of the San Francisco City Supervisors to jerk their knees to the left in this fashion and blame inanimate tools for the crimes, failings, passions, and raw greed of human beings -- but they are not at all surprised by it. The demand to "ban the guns" is the eternal bleat of the coward who refuses to accept ultimate responsibility, not only for personal safety, but for individual actions. When one blames a gun for a crime, one forgets that there is a criminal with an evil heart behind it, with an itchy finger on the trigger. And, more importantly, one forgets that for every criminal that wields a gun, there is a much, much larger number of law-abiding citizens, armed with legal firearms, opposing criminals and foiling crimes.

"Yes, there are criminals who misuse guns," says Gwen Patton, International Media Spokesperson for the Pink Pistols, "but there are criminals who misuse cars, who misuse hammers, who misuse practically every tool, object, and device we make, own, or sell. We don't ban cars because bank robbers drive them away from the scenes of their crimes, or because drunk drivers kill people with them. The idea is to make the people better, so they don't commit the crimes, or if you can't do that, at least stop them when they do. A gun is the law-abiding citizen's best tool to stop the criminal in his tracks." The Pink Pistols have seen politicians frequently take the "easy way out" in legislating away violence, that responsibility is HARD, and avoiding responsibility by making more laws and scapegoating objects is EASY.

The Pink Pistols have not yet determined the entire scope of their fight against this unwise and possibly illegal ban, but they will take the measures they find most advantageous in the months to come. At a minimum, concerned persons are encouraged to contact the San Francisco City Supervisors and express their displeasure at the consideration of this ban. The San Francisco Chapter is particularly upset that the City Supervisors felt it necessary to cut expenses by closing the Tom Waddell Health Center, but have invited massive expense instead in the form of lengthy litigation against this ballot issue. City Supervisors are expecting the issue to draw legal fire, which will cost the city an indeterminate amount of money to litigate.

All this for a law of dubious value. If a ban of this nature would work as hoped, says Patton, Washington, D. C. would be the poster-child of peace and tranquility. Instead, it is one of the most crime-ridden cities in the nation.

The Pink Pistols is the largest national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community, and has chapters in both the United States and Canada.

Contact Information:

International Media Spokesperson

Gwendolyn S. Patton

Pink Pistols

POB 60342

King of Prussia, PA 19406

267-386-8907

http://www.pinkpistols.org
media@pinkpistols.org

San Francisco City Supervisors

Michela Alioto-Pier - District 2

City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

(415) 554-7752 - voice

(415) 554-7843 - fax

Michela.Alioto-Pier@sfgov.org

Matt Gonzalez - District 5

City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

(415) 554-7630 - voice

(415) 554-7634 - fax

Matt.Gonzalez@sfgov.org

Bevan Dufty - District 8

City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

(415) 554-6968 - voice

(415) 554-6909 - fax

Bevan.Dufty@sfgov.org

Tom Ammiano - District 9

City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

(415) 554-5144 - voice

(415) 554-6255 - fax

Tom.Ammiano@sfgov.org

Chris Daly - District 6

City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

(415) 554-7970 - voice

(415) 554-7974 - fax

Chris.Daly@sfgov.org

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