There are bad people with guns. There are racists with guns. Most gun owners, though, are peaceable, polite, friendly folks who take people as they come — whether they’re black or white, gay or straight, old or young, male or female, Christian or Muslim, yes even liberal or conservative. Gun owners tend to live by the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Why should tens of millions of peaceable gun owners be tarred by the same brush that [rightly] condemns a relative handful of irresponsible gun owners like Mary Olman?
Because guns. Because guns, it’s OK to infringe on the gun rights of law-abiding Americans based on the actions of a statistically insignificant minority.
“When it comes to these guns, I really think they need an intelligence test and a mental health test before you can even get a gun,” Phillip S. declares. The irony of his position doesn’t even occur to the YouTube commentator.
S.’s call for intelligence and mental health tests for gun owners mirrors the literacy tests that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. [Click here to see Louisiana’s test.]
He also fails to see that his right to keep and bear arms protects African-Americans from “white supremacists.” Take that away and, well, what does the bloody history of disarmed African-Americans tell you?
You, a lot. Phillip S., not much. Not enough, anyway.
I know…race hustlers gotta hustle. But I reckon African-Americans who are actually concerned about white supremacists coming out of the woodwork in the post-Trump environment should hustle down to their local gun store and buy some effective personal protection. And rail against any and all government regulations that infringe on their ability to do so. Why should they be any different from the rest of us?