Guns and Marriage


A Redondo Beach, California, gun rights activist pens a satirical letter to San Francisco law enforcement officials, analogizing his marginal social role as a gun-owner with that of homosexuals, and wondering if their willingness to ignore the law in regards to gay marriages in their city would be extended to him as well. An excerpt:

You have shown progressive thinking and tolerance for that which the majority condemns. So I was thinking of coming up to San Francisco and exercising my right to keep and bear arms, maybe showing up at City Hall with a state-banned AR-15 and a couple 30-round magazines, and also carrying several pistols concealed without a permit.

Yes, I know, it will be a violation of California laws, but you've shown that you're willing to disregard those when it serves your goals. And because I am a peaceable citizen, I should easily meet Judge Warren's criterion that no immediate damage would be done by allowing this.

So what do you think, if I visit your city and proudly display my lifestyle choices, can I count on your support? As a private citizen, don't I have as much right to disregard laws I find reprehensible as you public officials? Isn't that what equality is supposed to be all about, where no class of citizen enjoys privileges and immunities not extended to all?

Hilarity ensues, including calls from the San Francisco police and two Redondo Beach police cars showing up at his house.