Travis wrote about the Pink Pistols last week. The news story that he quoted and my comment bears repeating here:
SAN FRANCISCO – The National Rifle Association sued the city of San Francisco on Friday to overturn its ban on handguns in public housing, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the nationâ€™s capital.
The legal action follows a similar lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its handgun ban, filed within hours of Thursdayâ€™s high court ruling.
In San Francisco, the NRA was joined by the Washington state-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and a gun owner who lives in the cityâ€™s Valencia Gardens housing project.
The gun owner, who is gay, says he keeps the weapon to defend himself from â€œsexual orientation hate crimes.â€ He was not identified in the complaint because he said he fears retaliation.
Mayor Gavin Newsom said the city will â€œvigorously fight the NRAâ€ and defended the ban as good for public safety.
â€œIs there anyone out there who really believes that we need more guns in public housing?â€ Newsom said.
I really believe that there should be no such thing as â€œpublic housingâ€.
The very phrase is a perversion – an abomination in two words like â€œpoisoned icecreamâ€ or â€œabandoned dogâ€.
#Â Lee Says: June 28th, 2008 at 6:08 pm Quote
Putting aside the â€œpublic housingâ€ question, I think that the best argument to eliminate the public housing ban are Newsomâ€™s words, â€œIs there anyone out there who really believes that we need more guns in public housing?â€
To reword, â€œI know that illegal handgun possession is rampant in public housing. We donâ€™t regularly enforce the public housing handgun ban. We would rather there -only- be illegal handguns in public housing.â€
On 3 of the last 3 nights Iâ€™ve been in Hunters Point (at The Box Shop art space), Iâ€™ve heard gun shots coming from the projects. While firing a weapon in San Francisco without cause is illegal, no police ever showed up.
Iâ€™ll look into getting behind this Pink Pistols initiative.