Birmingham, Alabama’s uber-woke Mayor Randall Woodfin offered his latest “common sense” proposal to tackle the rampant black-on-black crime infesting his city. He wants to regulate gun ownership for his city’s residents. While we don’t want to make assumptions, we suspect he misspelled “ban” as “regulate.”
So y’all don’t want to regulate guns at all?
I support 2nd amendment just like I support 1st amendment.
e.g. I firmly believe in the right to peacefully assemble. But even that’s regulated by “time, place, and manner”
Can we at least regulate guns in cities?
— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) November 23, 2022
“I support the Second Amendment, but…” is the classic recipe for proposing grossly unconstitutional gun control proposals by these would-be tyrants. In this case, “Can we at least regulate guns in cities?” is so clearly unconstitutional as to be laughable.
No doubt sixty-plus years ago another group would have been advocating similar proposals to disarm African-Americans, too: the Klan. Because, keeping blacks disarmed and helpless protected Klansmen from their intended victims.
Mayor Woodfin campaigned on eliminating the security detail that protected the previous mayor.
Here’s an excerpt from AL.com . . .
On the campaign trail, Woodfin often criticized the high cost of then-Mayor William Bell’s security team.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year go into paying for Mayor Bell’s security detail, which takes uniformed cops off our streets,” Woodfin said in a column he wrote for AL.com in March 2017. “These officers could be patrolling our neighborhoods, but instead, they’re protecting the mayor on the taxpayer’s dime. The mayor of Birmingham doesn’t need a full-time security detail, and as mayor, I would eliminate the security detail and have those officers reassigned to our highest-crime neighborhoods.”
Aaaaand like so many politicians’ campaign promises, Woodfin’s actions once elected didn’t match his words. Once in office, he only trimmed his security detail by 25%, keeping a three-man team to protect him day in and day out. All courtesy of Birmingham’s taxpayers, of course.
Meanwhile he wants to “regulate” gun ownership and the right to self-defense and personal protection from the little people who reside within Birmingham city limits.
Maybe the bigger problem in Mayor Woodfin’s city involves the poor public schools? While Birmingham Schools graduate 82% of students, the vast majority of those graduates can’t read, write, or do basic math at anywhere near appropriate levels. And given that 99% of students in the public schools there are ethnic minorities, that suggests white folks (who make up over a quarter of the city’s population) are sending their kids anywhere but the failed Birmingham Public School system.
With a math proficiency of 21% and a reading proficiency of 24% on average, even those who “graduate” from Birmingham Public Schools aren’t really ready to enter the workforce or adulthood. And those numbers were before COVID remote learning in 2020 and 2021 which saw scores fall dramatically.
If these young people can’t read, write, or do math, their likelihood of success in life is slim. They will continue to gravitate towards gangs and the perceived glamorous lifestyle of money, guns, and drugs. They’ll earn prestige among their peers through their willingness to use violence. And they’ll shoot up Mayor Woodfin’s city.
Ultimately these young people will likely either die young or serve long prison sentences instead of getting married, raising children, building a career and contributing to society.
But instead of tackling difficult issues like failing schools in his city and all the problems that result, its easier for Woodfin to demagogue against gun rights and call for “regulating” firearm ownership out of existence in his city. Something he knows full well will never happen.