TTAG has taken Michael Moore to task countless times for his promotion of civilian disarmament. Most recently, we reported on the agitprop filmmaker’s unconscionable campaign to get the mass media to wave the bloody shirt for the Sandy Hook spree killing. Literally. But even a stopped clock is right twice a day. On MSNBC’s Ed show, MM stumbled onto something approaching the truth when he said the following . . .
Did you realize that over 90% of the guns in this country are owned by white people in the suburbs and in rural areas? Ninety-percent of our guns are not owned by African-Americans, hispanics, minority groups, they’re owned by white people. Now are these white people so afraid of out in the suburbs? Are they thinking little red head, freckle-faced Jimmy down the street is going to, you know, kill them? Mug them? I don’t think so. Are they afraid the guy next door is gonna break in and steal their t.v.? No, because they know the guy next door makes $50-60,000 a year. So poverty and racism the answer is pretty much the same answer for a lot of our other problems.
Obviously, Moore’s main argument is ridiculous. Americans’ gun rights don’t depend on the level of actual or perceived risk. As the Supreme Court’s Heller decision affirmed, the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right; it doesn’t require social justification.
That said, Moore’s rant contains a kernel of truth: African-Americans, hispanics and minority groups living in high crime urban areas have more need for armed self-defense that white gun owners living in rural or suburban areas.
Again, gun rights aren’t predicated on need. But Moore’s point is well taken. To help stem violent crime where it [mostly] lives, white gun owners should do what they can to help law abiding citizens in urban minority communities tool-up. Both at home and on the streets.
Kenn Blanchard (above, center) is developing a new organization to help train-up American minorities: SAFE (Share America’s Firearms Equally). We’ll keep you posted on his progress.
It’s an effort that will no doubt receive Mr. Moore’s condemnation. Which tells you all you need to know about who’s racist and who isn’t.