Secondly, it's about publicity. The gay marriages on city hall steps were in large part a publicity stunt engineered by SF's egocentric mayor Gavin Newsom. For Newsom, it was a chance to milk the national publicity and placate the radical left at the same time.
Now the issue is gun confiscation, which should get the city back in the headlines after the gay marriage issue died down. Never mind that other cities have tried this and found it a major failure. It's about stubbornness for its own sake:
"When you get guns out of people's homes and off the streets, it means that that gun is not going to be used in a shooting that kills someone, whether a murder or an accidental shooting," said Chris Daly, supervisor of San Francisco.
San Francisco officials are pushing a ballot measure to prohibit just about everyone who isn't a cop, security guard or member of the military from having a handgun in their home or office.
Supporters of gun rights, however, say the ban would deny basic rights.
"What it's really about, the end game is, taking away civilians' firearms and depriving them of the most effective tool that there is for self-defense," said Chuck Michel, spokesman for the California Rifle and Pistol Association.