January 29, 2012


Although San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was a strong advocate of gun control while on the Board of Supervisors, he surrendered 3 handguns when police recently booked him on misdemeanor domestic violence charges,” KCBS reports. “If Mirkarimi were convicted on the domestic violence charge, he would not be able to carry a gun as sheriff,” reporter Joshua Sabatini claims.

True, but it would entail more than that. If convicted, “thanks” to the infamous Lautenberg Amendment, he would be a prohibited person under federal law, forbidden not only to carry a gun, but to own or even touch one—forever.

And a protective order is enough to disenfranchise him from his fundamental right to keep and bear arms prior to being convicted of anything.

While it appears corroborating information of a pattern of previous abusive behavior against female partners is emerging, along with documentation of his “well-known temper” and his own lawyer calling him “a bit of a tyrant,” it’s important to remember Mirkarimi is innocent until proven guilty, and also to keep in mind partners in failed relationships sometimes lash out motivated by revenge.

But even if convicted, a prohibition of a fundamental natural right over a misdemeanor is overkill.

True, but sauce for the goose. Michael Petrelis is calling for him to resign.

UPDATE: Reader Susan Harms emails:

EVEN THOUGH this seems like poetic justice, I cannot side against him — women have all the cards when it comes to claims of “violence”. A woman can do ANYTHING short of killing a man and when he acts in kind, she screams “he’s violent”. This is a war on men, and I cant take part.

Sadly, that’s fairly accurate. And as the Mary Winkler case shows, sometimes even murder generates a mere slap on the wrist after rather unconvincing claims of abuse.

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