Eric Adams New York Second Amendment reparations
This is the face we expect Mayor Adams to make when he hears about our reparations plan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Guilt is a powerful emotion. So powerful, in fact, that an American city is considering impoverishing itself and future generations of its citizens in order to absolve itself of guilt, achieve some kind of perceived redemption, and display for all the world its exemplary virtue as it atones for a wrong that…no one in the city either committed or experienced.

California became a state in 1850, just 11 years before the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter. The Golden State was never a slave state and no one alive in San Francisco today has even a grandparent who was enslaved, let alone one who owned a slave anywhere else in America.

Still, a plan is currently under serious consideration to spend about $200 billion to compensate the city’s black population for a historical atrocity none of them were subject to and no one in the city was responsible for.

The city of San Francisco has about 46,000 black residents today. That compares to a total population of roughly 820,000 people. The most current proposal for a reparations program would pay each eligible black citizen a lump sum of $5 million and $97,000 per year for the next 250 years.

What’s more, 34% of San Francisco’s population are immigrants. They have no personal or ancestral connection whatsoever to America’s slave-owning or Jim Crow past, yet the city’s “progressive” leaders are working hard to appropriate their tax dollars — for the next two and a half centuries — to make up for wrongs committed more than 150 years ago.

How serious is San Francisco about the reparations plan? This week, the San Francisco city council proposed establishing a new $50 million city bureaucracy whose job it would be to qualify individuals applying for the reparations program. Because what good is establishing a new multi-billion dollar, multi-generational entitlement if there’s no opportunity for taxpayer-funded jobs and graft?

Seen inside San Francisco’s office of reparations administration. (Shutterstock)

Think of San Francisco’s newest department as administering “may-issue” reparations.

No one knows if any of this will actually come to pass, but don’t bet against it. Then again, maybe San Franciscans will decide they’re not only not responsible for the fit of progressive guilt the City Council is trying to salve, but they’re also not willing to pay out huge piles of tax dollars over the next 250 years for the far left’s onanistic psychic expiation.

But if we’re going to be getting into the business of righting past wrongs, we know of a doozy that’s only just beginning to be turned around. Consider the fact that tens of millions of New Yorker City residents have been deprived of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms for well over a century, including almost every New Yorker living in the city to this very day.

New York passed the Sullivan Act in 1911 mandating police-issued permits for firearms small enough to carry. For over a century, “may-issue” government carry permits were — by design — notoriously difficult to obtain unless the applicant was wealthy, well-connected, or willing to grease the right palms.

Average citizens, of whom there are about 8.5 million in the Big Apple today, have been effectively disarmed and left to fend for themselves since before the Titanic sank. They’ve been deprived by government of the exercise of an enumerated civil right — keeping and bearing arms – for generations.

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The NYPD filled out hundreds of thousands of concealed carry permit application denials over the decades. (Shutterstock)

Thankfully, that historic wrong began to be righted last year when the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

As Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion . . .

The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” …The exercise of other constitutional rights does not require individuals to demonstrate to government officers some special need. The Second Amendment right to carry arms in public for selfdefense is no different. New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.

And yet that’s exactly what New York City did to its citizens for decade after decade. This is commonly known as deprivation of civil rights under color of law. These are the kinds of cases that are frequently brought against cops who shoot suspects, especially if the shootings are later determined to be reasonable by local officials.

In the case of New York’s Sullivan Law, the city has been depriving New Yorkers of their constitutionally protected civil right to bear arms since early in the last century. The city fought tooth and nail to keep its egregious may-issue (non)licensing scheme in place against challenges for decades until the Court finally brought the whole thing down, calling it the unconstitutional violation it’s always been.

Federal law has protections against this kind of thing. Take, for instance, 42 U.S. Code § 1983 . . .

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

Of course, individuals are free to avail themselves of the court system to try to get just compensation for the rights of which they’ve been deprived. But given that the group of aggrieved citizens in New York City includes, well, virtually every law-abiding adult…it seems that a more comprehensive, far-reaching remedy is needed.

What’s called for here is a comprehensive program to compensate the city’s citizens for the decades of oppression the city willfully imposed on them. Through excessive expenses, the crushing bureaucracy that was erected, and virtually assured denials issued, all designed to keep average New Yorkers disarmed and deprive them of their rights. Reparations for this kind of longstanding historical wrong must be paid to those who have been affected.

2A reparations protest sign

The question then is…how much? The proposal San Francisco is considering seems extreme, especially given the fact that no one living there actually participated in the wrong, either as a perpetrator or victim. New Yorkers, on the other hand, have all been affected by the city’s ongoing campaign to deprive them of their rights.

So in an effort to compensate the most victimized people as quickly and efficiently as possible, we propose the following: every person who paid city income tax in New York over the last 30 years will be eligible for a $25,000 lump sum reparations payment. In addition, the city will, at its expense, issue each recipient a $2500 Visa/MasterCard gift card to cover the cost of the purchase of a firearm, ammunition, a holster, training and range time.

All currently eligible law-abiding city residents will be issued concealed carry permits at no cost. Permit applications will be taken and issued on demand at al New York Police Department precincts, city offices, or libraries.

The estimated the cost of the reparations program will be somewhere around $300 billion…or about three times the city’s annual budget. That, however, seems eminently reasonable compensation for running an ongoing government-managed scheme to deprive citizens of a fundamental civil right, going back more than a century.

Surely New York City taxpayers will see the value in righting this historical wrong and will be willing to issue the necessary bonds and pay higher taxes to cover the cost of reparations for such a clear civil rights violation. We look forward to hearing from like-minded New York city officials who recognize the city’s clear responsibility in conducting and perpetuating this longstanding discrimination and who now want to do the right thing.


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  1. What are the qualifications for this reparation payment. I’ll move to San Fran and break out the black shoe polish! Maybe I can take lessons from Robert Downey Jr. From Tropic Thunder!

    • SquirrelSlayer, you shouldn’t have to pretend. We’re taught that we have to affirm your delusions, no matter how absurd they are. Identifying as a different race is much more coherent than identifying as a different sex, or the latest made up gender. What’s the bigger difference? Slight variations of skin tone or a pea_nus vs a vag_ina?

      Recall that Obama was allowed to identify as a black man. He got to choose his race. If white privilege was real, then why didn’t he identify as a white man? Hmm…

      • But, what about cultural appropriation? How can I “identify” as black, but I can’t open a joint selling fried chicken, greens and watermelon without being accused of appropriating black culture but if I “identify” as black it’s okay? Sounds like one of those “Catch 22” things… Guess if I “identify” and move to San Francisco get my 5 million plus 97 grand a year for the next 250 years (do they have a plan to keep me alive that long?) then I wouldn’t need to open a restaurant of any kind…

        • They’re not seeing you as black because they’re color blind to your identity. Progress takes time. There are always a few lingering bigots who didn’t get the memo.

          I plan on identifying as a black person until I can secure some sweet government contracts. Then I plan on identifying as a female for the rest of my days so the Grim Reaper will wait a little longer before taking me. Being a white man is overrated.

      • For many moons I’ve called for the democRat Party to be held monetarily liable for owning the legacy of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the kkk, lynching, Eugenics, Gun Control and other race based atrocities that occurred coast to coast.
        I have yet to see anyone on this forum go that far out on a limb for justice. It’s no different than those who are dead silent when defining Gun Control by its history confirmed roots in racism and genocide.

        I E. Instead of taking the Reparations football and holding the democRat Party responsible dead silent Gun Owners sat on their thumbs and allowed democRats like ca gov. newsob to pick up the Reparation football and run with it. And of course history illiterates who belong to the same party as their former democRat slave masters cheer newsob on.

        This all circles back to the nazi level threats against Gun Owners to comply or else over a brace…It is what happens when the vast majority of this country and Gun Owners do not and cannot define Gun Control by its history of rot. Defining Gun Control is not happening in courts so it must happen by grass roots.

        Dan Bongino is good about telling an audience of millions what democRats are going to do them while failing miserbly to condem the Gun Control democRat Party for wallowing around like pigs in an agenda that history confirms is rooted in racism and genocide.

        The only radio hosts I’ve heard to hit democRats hard for their love of Gun Control was a fill in host on Bongino who was Black and Female and Joe Pags who has handed his show over to Michael Brown.

        America should react to Gun Control like America reacts to Gun Control’s sidekicks slavery, nooses, burning crosses, etc. When it comes to defining Gun Control by its history of rot I Can’t Hear You Dan, Sean, Mark et al.

        • America should react to gun control with the knowledge that current gun control legislation will affect everyone of every race and is very different from the racist laws of the past.

          There are many African American politicians that want to take guns away from everyone of every race.

          Playing the race card or calling black politicians racist against other black people because they support gun control makes anyone that does it look like a fool.

  2. Anyone who expects reparation’s from their masters kinda deserves to never actually fucken get them. How naive can you be? Our government gave Natives pox blankets. They allowed illegal slave trading after the Emancipation Proclamation (they, meaning the Union that passed it). They have always, say that again – ALWAYS – controlled the votes. It’s two teams of power hungry greedy mfers against the rest of us. So no, don’t offer me shit. Handouts are NOT free. Someone is going to pay for that shit. And the last thing I want is to be more in the red with out Government than we currently are.

    The types of people who scream this kinda shit are people that talk about how oppressive the government was to their people and then build Casino’s while not actually doing shit for Natives on reservation land. These people perfect the art of clout chasing to push their agenda, like an Al Sharpton variant – when really it’s to line their pockets. These people will sign off on anything if the price is right and they can find a way to make it benefit themselves.

    Keep your reparations talk where it belongs. Not involved in the Second Amendment or the people who live and die by it. Stop playing the fucking victim and get on the front lines. I don’t want a penny from the Government or it’s paid enforcers (banks). And this is coming from someone who could easily have a spare $3600 a month from the Va. No fucken thanks. I’d rather die than take your pity money.

  3. Stole my idea. Reparations for violations of civil rights that are ongoing. Not just NY. I live in CA and my civil and human rights are on hold based on my zip code.

    Let’s tie the slavery issue and gun rights together. The democrats fought a war to keep slavery. They are also the ones denying my rights. The democratic party and its supporters need to be held financially and criminally liable for these atrocities.

  4. Skip the states and cities for now, you can come back to them later. Sue the U.S. Government for your 2A reparations first.

    Yeah, it would come from tax dollars but the left and anti-gun and everyone you ever had a problem with and didn’t like who pays taxes would be paying for it. Although some of it would come from your tax dollars in which case just consider that part of it getting your tax money back instead of it being wasted by Joe Biden to hire more ATF to continue the governments past and on going violation of your civil rights.

  5. If I choose to identify as black do I still get the money? Surely SF should respect trans-racial people’s identity expression.

    • “If I choose to identify as black do I still get the money?”

      I’m considering self-identifying as a l e s b i a n with an unusually-large clitoris… 🙂

    • Us trans-racial people still have many hurdles to overcome. The misogynistic, racist, patriarchy has used the marginalizing nature of capitalism to oppress us with problematic terms like “cultural appropriation” and “blackface” but soon our day will come and we will not just be tolerated but accepted into the mainstream.

      Smash the patriarchy!!! Do it for Dolezal!!!

      • No type of trans person will ever truly be free until they can identify as whatever they want without playing dress up. Think about it. They’re perpetuating social constructs by trying to alter their appearance.

        • They see being a masculine female or effeminate male as an affront to their strict notions of gender norms and demand surgical intervention to make you look like how you should for how you act.

          They’re really hateful people who cannot tolerate any deviation from their defined social norms.

      • I’m trans…. I am Transfinancial…
        I’m a rich man trapped in a poor man’s body.

  6. {A proposed San Francisco city policy}

    “The most current proposal for a reparations program would pay each eligible black citizen a lump sum of $5 million and $97,000 per year for the next 250 years.”

    Interestingly enough, no other than the NAACP has published a letter against that ‘reparations’ proposal :

    “San Francisco NAACP slams $5 million per person reparation plan”

    • NAACP? Likely those SOBs what it to be $5m PER YEAR.

      I suggest a one way airline ticket (C130) to Liberia for anyone that signs up for this BS.

      • A Herc (130) won’t make it across the Atlantic without refueling…

  7. Not just residents of New York City but the entire state of New York. It seems that I have proposed on repeated occasions that each of the members of the State Legislature be cited for contempt of the Supreme Court re the BRUEN decision and either/or fined or incarcerated for their contempt. The time has come!

    • How do you confine the damage to JUST New York, or California? EVERY gun owner in the US has been subjected to gun control since the gun control act of 1934 (even before that when the Klan first donned their white robes) and the “new and improved” version of 1968… I’ve been forced to get government permission to own a fully automatic firearm, a suppressor, or a short barrel rifle or shotgun my entire life and I’ve lived in seven different states… Just remove the rules, I’ve got my own money…

      • MADDMAXX, I don’t know if the “damage” can be confined. But somehow, somewhere, someone has to have the balls to go after the members of the NYS legislature who have willfully and unlawfully voted to pass a law that is blatantly in violation of BRUEN.
        If someone wants to contest the validity of the “gun control act of 1934” etc, that is an entirely different ball of wax. I don’t doubt that the acts you cite just maybe unconstitutional. But it is yet to be contested.

        • Most of the NYS legislature (right up to the Governor) had opposition candidates running in their respective districts yet it’s still the same old crap… You all get that opportunity every two and four years, but as long as you have that huge pile of rot lingering in your Southeast corner nothing is going to change and short of leveling that shithole with a thermonuclear device NYC is NOT going to change… Only two options, live with it or move to a state where your voice actually means something…

        • MADD MAXX, actually there is a THIRD option. There is a proposal to divide NYS into three autonomous regions, each with its own governor, legislature, laws, courts, etc. Let NYC ruin itself while the rest of the state can fix what these jerkoffs broke. Such a proposal is pending in the legislature.

        • Good luck with that, N California has been trying to separate from Kommiefornia for decades, not as easy as it sounds… Do you honestly believe the Democrat dominant legislature is going to give up all that power?

  8. How about my reparations for being denied a job because i am white ? When i filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC, they replied that a white person cannot file a complaint on discrimination.

  9. If we get a conservative President again he should prosecute ALL politicians that ever voted for gun control for 18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law. Including conservatives. Federal, state or local level.
    Seeking no less than the death penalty in any case where it can be proved that at least one person died after having a gun purchase attempt denied.

    Because that is the law!

      • It’s sad that you even have to pass something like this. Let’s watch the propagandist media either ignore it or spin it.

        • watch the propagandist media either ignore it or spin it.

          And the Dem controlled Senate WILL shoot it down… DOA

        • Of course, but if the media honestly informed the public, then Dem lawmakers would get some pressure to pass it. Reverse the roles and the media pushes a massive campaign on behalf of Democrats.

        • MAXX,

          You are not wrong. Schmucky Chucky won’t even let it get to the floor. It is DOA.

          I never took this seriously as anything but ‘political theater’ – just like when the Republicans had both houses AND the White House, and still couldn’t manage to nut up and pass National Reciprocity, the Hearing Protection Act, etc. 95% of everything that happens in Congress is Kabuki theater.

  10. There are no reparations for those in the graveyard. They died because they could not defend themselves.

    • SuperG,

      And, yet, sometimes a brave slaughter accomplishes something in a larger, longer-term sense – Leonidas and the 300, Horatius at the bridge. I could forgive the SUPPOSEDLY pro-2A Republicans for losing if they actually FOUGHT. These sham battles just piss me off.

  11. Nope, they chose/ choose to live in that 3rd world getto called New York, they are free to move to Vermont, South Carolina or Wyoming.

  12. Gee, Is it a wonder how Newsollini got his start in CA. SF was a lost cause 50 years ago.

    I can only attest to 50 years as my broken family only moved to the bay area when I was 5.

  13. To say that California was never a slave state is not entirely accurate. Although never formally a slave state, when Leland Stanford (yes, THAT Stanford) built a portion of the Transcontinental Railway starting from the west and working east into Utah, he employed thousands of Chinese immigrants as laborers. They were paid a third of white the Irish workers, they were ill-clothed, ill-fed, and granted little shelter. If they died along the route, they were buried without ceremony next to the track. No one kept track of the number that died, but it was not inconsequential. So in effect they were treated as slaves.

    The reparations board in SF recognizes that there were no former BLACK slaves in California (though there were plenty of American Indian slaves/former slaves that are hardly ever mentioned, dating back to Mexican colonial times), so they instead called for reparations for decades of racial segregation and discrimination through red lining, reduced pay, bad schools, and so forth and so on. As I recall, the rule for qualifying is that you have to trace your residency in the City back to the 1950s.

    The Governor has doubled down on the proposal, and has called for reparations to all African Americans to receive reparations totaling 3 Trillion dollars.

  14. California, doubling down on stupid. Most of the people residing in the state of California have zero ties to the abomination of slavery.

    As my mother had always told me, get a job and earn your way. Yep, that started when I was about 8, right around 1975 in Redwood City, CA. Get over yourselves.

  15. I’m all for New York city residents having the right to bear arms as long as its not African Americans, Italians, Hispanics, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Philippinos, Asians, East or West Europeans, Irish, Africans, Iranians, and anyone else I may have left out dont get to have them.
    We do have Rights in this xcountry, there written on a piece of paper. Those rights carry the same weight as the Presidential Oath of Office.

    • You, Sir Marsupial, are a veritable ethnical verbal salad of higher thought and ideologically adept furriness.
      If the question is “What am I thinking?”
      The answer will be:
      “I’ll be thinking whatever he’s thinking…”

  16. So powerful, in fact, that an American city is considering impoverishing itself and future generations of its citizens…

    No they’re not. They’re thinking that Uncle Sugar will bail them out with federal tax dollars. For all the complaints about the 19/26A that have become popular, your real problems are the 16/17A.

    Amazing how many terrible things our government did in 1913 and what the repercussions are today.

    Also, I move that the world “reparations” simply be removed from the American lexicon due to a long history of abuse by subversives and mental defectives.

  17. Will 2A reparations make the gun industry, in general, and especially the local private owned gun stores happy?$?$?$?$?$

  18. Like selective hearing loss, people who want to feel guilty about something are very selective about what they want to feel guilty about. Slave reparations? Helps you look down on those poor black people and feel not just guilty but sorry for them. – at least as long as they stay poor. Second Amendment reparations? The same people want to get rid of First Amendment rights and all the others, not just Second Amendment.

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