From MY cold dead hands!

Yesterday the California State Supreme Court shot down the final appeal for Proposition H, the absurd ban on handguns and ammo that has been wasting taxpayer money and time since 2005. The Proposition, that Mayor Newsom endorsed btw, was doomed from the start since it violated the California State Constitution and everyone knew it. It was a cheap political stunt which got votes from the uninformed public who don’t realize that when you take the guns from law abiding citizens the only people left that have them are people who aren’t exactly disinclined to shoot you. Oh yeah, and the criminals.

NRA Press release on yesterdays victory

My original post about Proposition H.

3 Comments so far

  1. ibarna on April 11th, 2008 @ 6:54 am

    "Cheap political stunt" is a tautology. All political stunts are cheap. So why shouldn’t the people in favor of gun-control pull one? The pro-gun people certainly do so all the time.

    I’m a taxpayer and I was in favor of doing it. I like to think I know my stuff, or will you call me "uninformed" as well, Mr. Know-it-all? Gosh, why don’t we just appoint you as the supreme ruler, then you wouldn’t have to deal with the "uninformed public"’s pesky opinion. Will we get to eat cake, too?

  2. Jason DeFillippo (jason) on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:28 am

    Gun Control: Myths and Realities

    Can Gun Control Reduce Crime?

    Texas massacre, fear of crime spur concealed-gun laws

    One of the great experiments in gun control is our nations capital. Washington D.C. and it’s worked out GREAT for them.

    In 1976, Washington, D.C., instituted one of the strictest gun-control laws in the country. The murder rate since that time has risen 134 percent (77.8 per 100,000 population) while the overall rate for the country has declined 2 percent. Washington, D.C., politicians find it easy to blame Virginia’s less-stringent gun laws for the D.C. murder rate. Yet Virginia Beach, Virginia’s largest city with almost 400,000 residents, has had one of the lowest rates of murder in the country — 4.1 per 100,000.

    So yes, if you voted for Prop H I’d call you an uninformed taxpayer. The numbers show over and over again that looser gun laws leads to less crime involving guns. And if I were the supreme ruler I’d toss everyone a stick of celery and make them do laps around the park. This country has had too much goddamn cake already.

  3. Richard Ault (richard) on April 11th, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    The thing that makes me crazy about the gun debate is that both sides pull so many stunts it’s hard to find the fact of the matter. These links you provide are helpful…

    The gun debate is also political kryptonite. Imagine if the mayor was confronted with a mountain of data that says that banning guns is counterproductive or not productive, e.g. the example that you give in the previous comment. If Newsom decided to then not support a ban, a large group from the left would reflexively not support him. That seems rash and ill informed to me.

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