BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today called on newly-sworn-in San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to step down as a result of domestic violence charges now filed against him.
Mirkarimi, who was a staunch anti-gun rights advocate while serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, also has a major problem with hypocrisy, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. The San Francisco Examiner reported that the anti-gun Mirkarimi owns three handguns, which he had to surrender because of the domestic violence charges.
â€œMirkarimiâ€™s case presents a massive irony,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œHereâ€™s a man who has supported restrictive gun control measures while on the Board of Supervisors, and yet he had three handguns. He just was elected sheriff, and now heâ€™s accused of a crime that, if he is convicted, could cost him his gun rights for the rest of his life under federal law.
â€œPerhaps Mirkarimiâ€™s biggest problem is that he is now exposed as a double-standard elitist,â€ he continued. â€œNews reports about this case over the past few days suggest that he may also have an anger-management problem.â€
Gottlieb said the case also brings focus on a domestic violence law that seems to treat people as though they are guilty until proven innocent. What other law allows the state to deprive someone of constitutional rights â€“ in this case, the right to keep and bear arms â€“ before they are convicted of a crime?
â€œHardly would we advocate allowing someone who has abused a spouse or domestic partner to be armed,â€ Gottlieb stated, â€œbut our justice system isnâ€™t supposed to penalize someone until after theyâ€™ve been found guilty.
â€œSomeone who has been legally disarmed over a criminal charge,â€ he concluded, â€œshould not be permitted to serve as a chief law enforcement officer. Someone like Mirkarimi, who has done whatever he could to discourage others from owning firearms, should admit his world-class hypocrisy and walk away from the public arena.â€