BELLEVUE, WA – While the City of San Francisco is battling a lawsuit to prevent its Draconian gun ban from taking effect Jan. 1, 2006, it has just been revealed that the majority of the city’s homicides remain unsolved, and one reason according to police is because witnesses are afraid to testify out of fear of retaliation.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said today this scenario will be made worse by the gun ban because it will disarm victims and witnesses, leaving them at the mercy of armed criminals. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 74 of the city’s 94 homicides this year remain unsolved.

“If someone wanted a visual definition of social insanity, San Francisco under Proposition H will fill that bill,” said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. “Supervisor Chris Daly, the gun ban’s sponsor and biggest advocate, says he will introduce a city charter amendment to create a homicide prevention council. They’re going to draft a plan to reduce homicides. Yeah, like that’s going to stop San Francisco thugs from murdering people.”

SAF and the National Rifle Association, the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, California Association of Firearms Retailers, and several individuals are plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the anti-gun measure because it violates California’s preemption law. SAF successfully fought an earlier San Francisco gun ban.

“San Francisco, where law-abiding citizens will be disarmed, has had nearly a hundred murders this year,” Gottlieb said. “Seattle, where thousands of citizens are legally licensed to carry concealed handguns, has had fewer than 30 homicides. Now the mastermind of unilateral disarmament of the law-abiding public thinks that creating a committee is going to stop the mayhem. That is simply nuts.

“We’re fighting this gun ban because we don’t share Daly’s philosophy of wishful thinking,” Gottlieb said. “We live in the real world, where people have a right to defend themselves. We cannot sit by while flower-power politicians pander pie-in-the-sky substitutes for public safety, while at the same time stripping citizens of the tools to guarantee their genuine security, and their right to be safe in their businesses and homes.”

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