What is going on in San Francisco? I mentioned yesterday a blog post by Bryan Preston where he called yesterday’s elections in San Francisco a “San Fransecession” but wanted to expand on the SF elections today. First, here’s a recap of the results:
SF Voters Pass Gun Ban; Oust Military Recruiters
SAN FRANCISCO — Voters approved ballot measures to ban handguns in San Francisco and urge the city’s public high schools and college campuses to keep out military recruiters.
With 100 percent of San Francisco precincts reporting on Wednesday, 58 percent of voters backed the proposed gun ban while 42 percent opposed it.
Measure H prohibits the manufacture and sale of all firearms and ammunition in the city, and make it illegal for residents to keep handguns in their homes or businesses.
Only two other major U.S. cities — Washington and Chicago — have implemented such sweeping handgun bans.
Supervisor Chris Daly, who proposed the measure, said the victory showed that “San Francisco voters support sensible gun control.”
Citing statistics that show most homicides in the city involve handguns, Daly said “every life that’s saved with Proposition H is a big win.”
Although law enforcement, security guards and others who require weapons for work are exempt from the measure, current handgun owners would have to surrender their firearms by April.
A coalition led by the National Rifle Association has said it plans to challenge the initiative in court, arguing that cities do not have the authority to regulate firearms under California law.
Davey Jones, chairman of the Committee to Oppose Handgun Ban, said a recent wave of gun violence in the city may have hurt his campaign, but opponents believe the right to possess handguns is necessary for self-defense.
“We focused our message to seniors and to women and to the gay community,” Jones said. “Of course we’re disappointed. We believe that we did not get the message out.”
The military recruitment initiative also won with 60 percent in favor and 40 percent against.
Measure I, dubbed “College Not Combat,” opposes the presence of military recruiters at public high schools and colleges. However, it would not ban the armed forces from seeking enlistees at city campuses, since that would put schools at risk of losing federal funding.
Instead, Proposition I encourages city officials and university administrators to exclude recruiters and create scholarships and training programs that would reduce the military’s appeal to young adults.
Can you *believe* this mess? I mean, I know we’re talking about one of the most, if not THE most liberal cities in our country, but c’mon! This doesn’t even sound American to me. Banning military recruiters from schools. Measure H is an outright violation of your right to bear arms.
Let’s not forget the 8-3 vote back in July by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors against a resolution supporting a bid to move the historic battleship Iowa to the city as a floating museum.
If SF is an example of what happens when bonafide liberals hold the power, then let’s hope that they never gain control of Congress and the WH collectively again. This is insane.
(Cross-posted at California Conservative)