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By Larry Pratt

November 17, 2005

Many folks have several reasons for not wanting to live in San Francisco. City voters there have just added another � they have just voted to ban handguns and require that they be turned in.

This is a good law to disobey. After all, the city gun ban violates the state preemption law, not to mention the U.S. Constitution. In other words, the new law is illegal. It is an act of lawlessness.

San Franciscans have shown just how detached from reality is their socialist world view. Their vote to disarm themselves follows on the heels of the lesson that even Bill O�Reilly learned from Katrina. The popular Fox TV host, no gunslinger, he seems to have had an epiphany in the lawlessness (official and otherwise) in New Orleans.

"Once I saw what happened in Hurricane Katrina,� O�Reilly opined. �I said every American household should have a firearm. If there's a tremendous earthquake in San Francisco and looting, you don't want your family protected? You don't want a firearm in your house? You're living in the world of Oz."

It may be asking too much of San Francisco voters, but did they notice the helplessness of the average Frenchman in the face of the French government�s refusal to deal with rioters? The mostly disarmed citizenry could do nothing but watch their cities burn while Muslim thugs chanted �Allahu Akhbar!�

Of course, I may be missing the key factor here. San Franciscans may be visualizing that no natural disaster will take place there � such as an earthquake. Will they call 911 at such a time?

Actually, try calling 911 anytime you are being attacked. If you can make the call, you may get to leave a recording of your victimization. Then, when the police come, all they will have to do is clean up the mess.

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Will they ever �get it�? Or will they continue to overlook Katrina, Paris, and the lawlessness that terrorizes the residents of Washington, DC and Chicago, IL? They banned guns in those cities, too. If San Francisco�s law were to stay on the books, which it probably will not, they will enter into competition with Washington and Chicago for the dubious distinction of being the crime capital of the country.

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Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning America, CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC's Phil Donahue show and many others. He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.

He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.

Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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It may be asking too much of San Francisco voters, but did they notice the helplessness of the average Frenchman in the face of the French government�s refusal to deal with rioters?