A jubilant, and optimistic bunch, after the high court's decision to strike down D.C.'s handgun ban, the National Rifle Association used what they say was a "very encouraging" ruling to suggest, in the words of the group's lawyer,C.D. Michel, that "it was just a start."
Proving that they don't let any grass grow under their feet, on Thursday, the NRA sued the city of Chicago over its handgun ban and, on Friday, continued by legally challenging San Francisco's ban on handguns in its public housing.
If you think the California wild fires have been intense, stay tuned as the Second Amendment posse works to strike down, and undo, every piece of gun control legislation, and as many restrictions, rightful or otherwise, on handguns, and firearms, as they can, and rest assured with support from John McCain.
But, not everybody is going to take the Supreme Court decision lying down. And, not everyone is going to cower in fear of the gun lobby. San Francisco's Mayor, Gavin Newsom, vows to "vigorously fight the NRA," implying that no rational person could possibly think that making possession of handguns legal again, in city housing projects, is a responsible, and sane, thing to do in a city where one can't even watch five minutes of local news without hearing about another victim of gunfire, which accounts for 80% of all homicides.
Bravo to Mayor Newsom!
San Francisco has a long, and distinguished, history as a trend-setter, dating back to the 1950's, when poet, and publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti stood up to censors who wanted to prevent the publishing of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl." It would be refreshing to hear the Supreme Court defend newspapers, and media, and rule that the government 's attempts to review, and censor a "Sixty Minutes" interview with Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich in which he discusses his role in the massacre at Haditha is unconstitutional insofar as it violates the First Amendment separation of press and state. Yes, the First Amendment is a force to be reckoned with, too, but I guess the newspaper, and mainstream media, lobby isn't as strong as the weapons lobby, and why should it be, after all, guns make the world a safer place than news any day, right?
Good for Mayor Newsom for reminding us that San Francisco isn't just a city that wears its liberal reputation like a faux badge, has Nader as its middle name, and is just about cable cars, gay marriage, and faux progressives, but one that will return to its dissenter roots and fight this ludicrous, and dangerous, ruling whose impact will be felt by the most disenfranchised, and least vocal, among us.
We look to Chicago's mayor to follow in Newsom's footsteps.
You may recall that, on the campaign trail for Hillary, President Clinton who, in response to the killing of an inner city sixth grader by one of her friends, expressed support for some of the most stringent gun control legislation enacted in a generation, intimated that, while he was running for the presidency, he was told that if he tried to take on the health care industry, he'd never get elected
One can only hope that Sen. Obama hasn't been presented with the same warning and that, should he become our 44th president, we're optimistic that Senator Obama will be mindful, and consistent, in his approach to legislation that will provide regulation, and much-needed limits, on the Second Amendment frights, and not bow to the NRA the way others before him have succumbed to the weight of health care lobbyists. .