I just heard that yesterday the city of San Francisco voted to ban all guns in the city. No one is allowed to own a gun, make a gun, sell ammunition, sell a gun, or carry a gun. No one in the entire city except the police. Oh yeah, and the thugs. The gang members and drug dealers that carry unlicensed weapons with the serial numbers filed off. But Joe Neighbor can't keep on, registered or not, in his own home. Not for hunting, not for target shooting, not for protecting his family. Bob Shopowner can't keep one behind the counter for the next time he gets held up. Only the cops. And if you live or work in San Fransisco and currently own a licensed gun, you have until April 1 to turn it in.
WHAT THE HELL? Did the people of San Fransisco forget all about a little thing called THE SECOND AMENDMENT?! I don't get it. My first thought, when I heard this, was that of course this is unconstitutional and it will be surely taken to the Supreme Court and struck down. But then I found out that it's not just the wacky tree-hugging San Franciscans that have done this. Washington D.C. and Chicago both have similar gun bans currently in effect! Unbelievable. What happens when, God forbid, Frisco has a massive earthquake and the place turns into what we saw in New Orleans after Katrina. You say "Oh, the police will have guns to stop the looting." As we saw in New Orleans, THEY WON'T BE THERE!
Why did our forefathers enact the second amendment? Because they wanted the people to be able to defend themselves against a tyrannical government. Think that's unnecessary in this day of civility and democracy? Think again. What were the first things Hitler and Stalin did when they came to power? Got rid of all the citizens' guns. They people were defenseless.
My husband will probably read this and laugh, knowing how I feel about guns. I admit, I don't want one in my house ever. I am not comfortable with the idea of Nathan playing in other kid's houses where there are guns. I'm glad Mike is the oddball of his family that doesn't hunt. While I think learning to shoot a handgun at a target would be very cool, I don't want one in my home because WAY too many accidents happen with guns at home. But I believe in my right to have one. And if I were living in downtown San Fransisco or Washington where I know the bad guys have them, I might have one too.