San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, sheriff of San Francisco, is under a cloud after being booked on a domestic violence beef. Mikarimi’s a former San Francisco board of supervisors member who was known for his anti-gun views. After being accused of tuning up his spouse he was hauled to the hoosegow and given the full treatment from San Franciso’s finest. Mikarami has plead not-guilty, and plans to fight the charges and is not stepping down. But it gets better. As part of the standard domestic violence prosecution process, Mirkarimi has been stripped of his right to keep and bear arms. And that means the anti-gun rights Sheriff has to give up the three guns he owns . . .
Choking down a huge wad of tasty schadenfreude, it seems that in his capacity as supervisor and now sheriff, Mirkarimi must have made at least a few dedicated enemies along the way. And while I’ll have to try to wipe this persistent grin off my mug, for some people not packing heat can be a serious problem. For a sheriff, having the word out that your person and your home is suddenly a gun-free zone can be downright dangerous.
In the mind of the “reasonable gun-control” crowd, taking firearms away from an angry, beer-swilling slob in a wife beater for slapping the little woman around is an easy layup. Reality can be more complicated. That awful stereotype certainly exists, in losing his means of defense on an accusation, people like San Francisco’s sheriff can be left vulnerable and at the mercy of a domestic partner’s whim.
Mikarami is a liberal gun-grabbing tool. But he doesn’t deserve to be hurt or killed because he’s been stripped of his means of self defense – even if he was cool with it for the rest of his fellow citizens.