San Francisco voters will decide on Tuesday whether to ban the sale and posession of hand guns within city limits. This is good news, for a variety of reasons but on the whole will do little to impact upon the horrifying national gun crime statistics for the United States as a whole. See, I believe on a fundamental level that I should have a right to bear arms (I don’t in the UK in general) but I’m really glad we don’t allow just anyone to walk in off the street and buy a gun so they can go postal with it. If it weren’t for the fact that the US doesn’t implement gun control in a sane fashion and that you’re statisically far more likely to accidentally kill one of your family members than defend against a would-be burglar then I might understand the realities of a country which still believes it necessary for people to own guns to prevent the government from being too powerful. While it’s quaint that the constitution provides for this measure, they didn’t have nukes back then or big insane guns that exist today – the average person aint gonna take on the US government and win any more so quit with that rhetoric already.
Still, in the UK, it’s the first day of the first hunting season after the ban on fox hunting. There are still a few insane whackjobs out there trying to exploit loopholes or just ignore the law completely (because they believe that cruelty to animals is an acceptable side effect of their “sport”) but hopefully they’ll slowly be convinced that it’s no longer acceptable in society. I really do feel for those people losing livelihoods over the whole thing, but in much the same way that the tabacco industry is going to suffer, I think it’s right in the end. I would like to see more government provision for these people to retrain in less callous endevaours however.