Friday, November 11, 2005

San Fran Secedes From the Union

San Fran Secedes From the Union
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 11, 2005

To clarify, in case nobody noticed, on Election Day this past Tuesday, November 8, the City and County of San Francisco effectively voted to secede from the union.

Overstated? Hardly, as the voters decided to abandon the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution in their ban on guns. In one of the most liberal bastions in the western world, nearly 58 percent of the voters have decided that honest, law-abiding gun owners should now be labeled criminals. Handguns, hunting rifles, collectables, even guns on display in museums that are of usable quality have been deemed illegal by the People’s Republic of San Francisco. So have gun shops and shooting ranges.

Just to set the record straight, I am not a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I am not a gun owner, have never hunted nor do I live in San Francisco. But, I support the rights of those who do. The entire litany of my experience with firearms dates back to learning from a Marine friend the proper way to hold, carry, load and discharge a firearm. After weeks of lessons we took my newfound knowledge to the desert straddling west Texas and New Mexico to shoot at cans and bottles before cleaning up the refuse.

Globally, we are fighting a war on terror, yet in San Francisco, the people have surrendered to the criminal element by not allowing the law-abiding gun owners the Constitutionally-granted right to defend themselves, their families or their property that they worked hard to earn.

Passage of Proposition H, or should that be Preparation H because it is a real pain in the tuchus, will only hurt law-abiding gun owners. Criminals with guns are not about to surrender their illegally gained weapons. Instead, they will wield their weapons with greater bravado and confidence knowing that only police and those who require a gun for their jobs will have them. Home invasions, sadly, will rise. Robberies and street stick-ups will also increase as thugs and criminals instill greater fear in those lemmings who believe the surrender of guns and Constitutional rights are the answer.

Until Proposition H is reversed, gun owners, gun shop owners, firing range owners, NRA members and all those who support the Second Amendment should have their voices heard via an economic boycott of San Francisco. As beautiful as parts of San Francisco are, the city and county should be shunned. Vacation elsewhere. Hold conventions elsewhere. Send a message that you will not allow your rights to be trampled upon by one of the most extreme, radical elements of American society.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.

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