J. D. Heyes
December 31, 2012
They try to put themselves on a pedestal, using language of the apologist sprinkled with faux outrage, when they equate gun ownership and general support for the Second Amendment to racism. But the truth of the matter is, the real racists are those calling for gun control, for it is they who seek to empower the powerful over the vulnerable.
The lineage of this particular facet of gun control can be traced back far beyond the most recent accusations by Fox Sports writer Jason Whitlock, who said in the wake of a murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher that the National Rifle Association is “the new KKK.”
“Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out the real world, that I try to take advantage of the opportunity to talk about the real world when sports lends itself to that and try to open people’s eyes,” Whitlock told CNN interviewer Roland Martin.
“You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture – I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart],” he said.
Gun ownership is standing up to racism, not being a part of it
The lineage of this particular facet of gun control can be traced back far beyond the most recent uttering of left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who wrote on his blog following the Newtown, Conn., shootings that there are so many guns in the United States “because too many white people are afraid of black people. Period.”
“The vast majority of the guns in the U.S. are sold to white people who live in the suburbs or the country,” he wrote. “When we fantasize about being mugged or home invaded, what’s the image of the perpetrator in our heads? Is it the freckled-face kid from down the street – or is it someone who is, if not black, at least poor?”
These and other avid gun control backers are making statements about guns and race that are as intellectually bankrupt as they are historically false. For it is not the Second Amendment and firearms ownership that fosters racism, but just the opposite – it’s gun control and confiscation.
Take Whitlock’s absurd comments. He says gun ownership and support for the Second Amendment to the Constitution “should be no more appealing to Blacks than membership in the Klan,” writes Nicholas Johnson, for LibertyLawSite.org.
“Perhaps Whitlock truly believes what he says and is unreachable. But for his enablers, who should know better,” there are facts dispelling his assertion, Johnson notes.
For one, polling data show that a healthy number of African-Americans not only own firearms but, in fact, do not favor curbs on gun ownership. He points to a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, which asked recently, “What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?” In response, 54 percent of whites and 30 percent of blacks said it was more important to protect gun rights. Respondents were also asked, “Should States and Localities be able to pass laws banning handguns?” In this question, 64 percent of blacks answered “yes,” while 30 percent said “no.”
“Based on these results, Whitlock must conclude that a third of the Black community are Klan sympathizers,” Johnson says.
That is, of course, preposterous, but can you imagine the righteous outcry from the black community if African-Americans were specifically prohibited from owning firearms?
That would constitute the very definition of racism, as noted by firearms historical expert Richard Poe:
After the Civil War, many white southerners feared that black freedmen would take bloody vengeance on their former masters. Fears of a black uprising were particularly intense in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina, where blacks outnumbered whites. White southerners responded by creating a race-based caste system – a U.S. version of apartheid. Gun control was crucial to making it work. Southern whites tried to maintain their antebellum monopoly over firearms. Many states barred African Americans from owning guns. Local police, state militias and Ku Klux Klansmen rode from house to house, demanding that blacks turn in their weapons. Once disarmed, they were helpless against lynch mobs.
Yet today’s black leaders are rabid gun control backers. Why, given the fact that gun control has historically been linked to overtly racist public policy? Why do they stump for a policy that leaves members of their community helpless and vulnerable?
Gun control is racism
Niger Innis, National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), is having none of it. An African-American, he sees the fallacy of gun control, and how it has actually been used to disarm his people.
“Not every cop can be everywhere at all times,” Innis has said in the past. “Decent men and women with families need to be able to defend themselves and their property. It’s that simple.”
Loss of Second Amendment rights, he goes onto say, would leave both whites and blacks vulnerable to tyranny.
Michael Moore says gun ownership is rampant because of white racism. Jason Whitlock makes the same insinuation. Yet historically, just the opposite is true: The racists are the gun controllers and gun banners, and they have typically targeted ethnic minorities.
This article was posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6:00 am