Gun control is racist, classist and sexist. Not surprisingly, the comments under a recent New York Times opinion piece written by Antonia Okafor, a University of Texas-Dallas student, prove the point better than any gun rights supporter ever could. The Times published the op-ed, “Why I Bring My Gun to School” and all hell broke loose in their comments section.
Gun-hater heads, reacting to the cognitive dissonance of a black female campus carrier, popped like Orville Redenbacher in a microwave. Reading a young, intelligent African-American female describe how carrying a gun makes her safer proved to be more than the tolerant, high-minded readership of the old Gray Lady could safely process.
This was in 2015, around the time the Texas Legislature began debating, and ultimately passing, a so-called campus carry bill. I grew up in a Democratic, immigrant household in a suburb outside of Dallas, where guns and gun policy were never discussed, so I hadn’t paid much attention when similar bills failed in 2011 and 2013.
But that year something changed. I was 25 years old, commuting alone, and as a minority woman, I felt particularly vulnerable.
I started fighting for students’ rights to carry concealed weapons for selfish reasons: I wanted to be able to protect myself. But I quickly found a network of women who felt the same way I did, and we began to advocate for our safety together.
I eventually became the Southwest director of Students for Concealed Carry, and am now the founder of the self-defense nonprofit Empowered, which will open its first chapter this fall, at the University of North Texas.
…Female gun ownership isn’t a matter of political affiliation. I’ve met women across the political spectrum who own guns for self-defense or for shooting recreationally. In particular, black women have become a lot more interested in gun ownership and shooting classes.
The rights and values of gun-owning women aren’t being addressed by either political party. While conservatives aren’t paying enough attention to sexual assault, liberals are actively hurting women’s access to self-defense.
Many liberals — including many female professors my organization approached as potential sponsors for Empowered — don’t support a woman’s “right to choose” when it comes to her own self-defense. They can’t get behind a vision of female empowerment that doesn’t match their own.
Okafor’s op-ed prompted enough of a reaction that The Times ultimately closed comments on the story. Upper West Siders, along with other like-minded, enlightened folk from around leftysphere rained flames of ignorance down upon the author and millions of other People of the Gun.
Here are a few selected gems and bon mots, starting with an oldie but a goodie; “gun owners are racist”.
Ignoring facts or claiming that established facts aren’t true is akin to closing one’s eyes and plugging one’s ears to make the terrible man (or in this case, woman) go away.
Ms. Okafor is clearly craven, morally shaky and mentally ill…
This educator claims to be terrified by her students.
As a college professor, the thought of my students carrying guns is terrifying.
Okafor is sure to be shot by a cop when he sees her printing! Oh no!
Well, as a fellow African American, you should seriously ask yourself the question of whether or not you are are more likely to be abducted and brutalized by some random criminal or shot by a police officer when he sees you “printing.” …I’ve been pulled over and searched by jittery police far more times than I’ve been held up by jittery criminals.. A sad testament, but true.
We must repeal the Second Amendment!
While racism and sexism are abhorred by The Times’ readers, misandry is alive and thriving.
…On a side note, if _only_ women, the disabled, minorities, were permitted to carry a concealed gun in this country – and men were not – I might be much more comfortable with the idea of concealed carry.
Jes Gunn fears Jim Crow era racism in the Texas courts should Ms. Okafor use her firearm.
I wonder if the author has given much thought to how a Texas court would handle a self-defense case when a woman of color shoots a white assailant.
That would also be an interesting read.
Oh, and she’s clearly not skilled or intelligent enough to use a gun for personal defense.
I’m afraid you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. You’re more likely to injure or kill someone with a poorly-aimed shot than you are to save yourself.
The People of The Gun… only one bad day from revealing themselves as the murderers they truly are.
I can’t tell you how infuriating this article is. Why should I or any commenter raise the issue of “responsible” gun ownership that only seems to last as long as someone’s self control. How often have we seen a situation wherein a responsible gun owner turns into a murderer! Enough.
How dare she entertain badthink as a liberal woman of color? She’s clearly left the gun control plantation without permission!
You opinion on gun rights and safety is alarming, especially from a self proclaimed liberal woman of color. The simple fact is quantitative data doesn’t support your anecdotal feelings of safety when you carry a concealed gun. Do you walk with a loaded gun out and ready to shoot in anticipation of an assault or do you think you will be able to unholster a gun and shoot a sexual predator without being overpowered as a petite female? The reality of the situation is in this country it is a shame that you have to fear a 10pm walk to your car across a college campus, but the likelihood of you being shot by your own gun is probably substantially higher then any defense the gun will provide.
Texas redneck students are sure to open fire on those with political differences.
I too am a student at a UT school. You have every right to protect yourself, and yes, you are right about women being in danger.
What about my right to be able to argue in the classroom without fear of angering one of the extremely conservative (and oh boy are there a lot of those at my particular campus) students who might be carrying a loaded gun?
Fortunately, somehow, a few supportive comments managed to sneak through the miasma, including this one: