There’s an odd anti-gun meme making the scene amongst the forces of civilian disarmament: open carry is racist. Progressive radio host Thom Hartman recently echoed the sentiment when he posited that “open carry is for white people.” Keep in mind this is coming from the anti-gun side. They’re saying there shouldn’t be open carry and it’s wrong that blacks can’t do it because it’s racist.
Confused? Me too. But it’s certainly true that the vast majority of black Americans haven’t embraced their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. For whatever reason — something to do with gun control laws created to deprive them of that right.
It’s also true that police may not be entirely comfortable with blacks carrying guns legally — especially in high crime areas. Methinks it’s something to do with a lack of history in that regard. A “fact” that Rev, Ken Blanchard acknowledges.
Does that mean it’s more dangerous for a black man (or woman) to carry a gun legally than a white person? And if it does, what can be done to de-escalte the situation. Wouldn’t open carry by people of color help establish that right amongst the police and predators who exploit civilian disarmament?