From the Huffington Post, published the day after Christmas.
That’s the headline. Here is the subheadline.
HuffPost spoke with 11 black gun owners to figure out what gun ownership means in a country determined to keep its black populace unarmed.
But it gets better.
As much as America loves her guns, she has never liked the idea of seeing them in black hands.
Before the Revolutionary War, colonial Virginia passed a law barring black people from owning firearms — an exercise in gun control as racial control. In 1857, in his notorious Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Roger Taney summoned the specter of black people freely enjoying the right to “keep and carry arms wherever they went.” Surely, he argued, the founders were not “so forgetful or regardless of their own safety” to permit such a thing. When black people armed themselves against white supremacist attacks following the Civil War, Southern state governments passed “black codes” barring them from owning guns.
Democrats banned black people from owning guns. Racist, pro-segregationist, Jim Crow supporting Democrats, did that.
Funny how HuffPo never mentions that.
In 2016, legal gun owner Philando Castile was shot after informing a Minnesota police officer that he was armed. Two years prior, Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police while holding a toy gun. John Crawford suffered the same fate in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart.
None of these, however, is part of a wider conspiracy to deny blacks the right to keep and bear arms.
So what does black gun ownership mean in a country so determined to keep its black populace unarmed?
This shit again? Where is it that blacks are being kept unarmed? In the same states were all law abiding citizens are being kept unarmed. New York City, California, Chicago, Maryland, Washington DC, all Democrat strongholds. The black codes no longer exist. It’s large, urban, deep blue states or cities that have the strictest guns laws, and also happen to have higher percentages of black people.
So what was the common answer by all 11 black people asked?
They want to protect themselves.
They own guns for mostly the same reason that white people own guns.
Here is what I did notice that was interesting. This is the list of cities that the 11 people were from: Tulsa, Detroit, Topeka, Minneapolis, Houston, Winter Garden (FL), Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa, Plano (TX), and “Western Pennsylvania.”
Hmmmm…. notice anything? Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Florida are extremely gun friendly states. Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are moderately gun friendly, having a balance of urban and rural populations that keeps the gun laws from being too restrictive (coincidentally at least two are swing states for the same reason).
Detroit is deep blue, but a couple of years ago the Detroit police chief told the law abiding people of the city to arm themselves because there were not enough police to protect them.
There wasn’t a New York City, or Los Angeles on the list.
It seems like black people are white people in gun friendly states are really similar their approach to guns.
My favorite interview was with the guy from Philly.
Maj Toure, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Toure, who declined to give his age, is an activist and entrepreneur who founded Black Guns Matter.
America would not have even been created without firearms. Some people say it’s a contradiction for me as an African-American man to have a position: “When they wrote the Second Amendment, they didn’t mean it for you.” I don’t give a fuck who they meant it for. It’s mine now.
It is a lie that the Second Amendment wasn’t meant for him. Free blacks had the right to keep and bear arms since the founding of America, and even fought in the Revolutionary War.
It was the Democrats who told him that he didn’t have gun rights. They told it to his ancestors as slaves, and later under segregation. Now is is Democrats who say that he, along with everybody else, doesn’t have the right to keep and bear arms because the 2A is not an individual right.
The Democrats have gone from trying to disarm black to trying to disarm everybody. This is the only policy they have that has gotten less racist over the years, only because it’s become more tyrannical.
HuffPo went searching for something. I’m not sure what. Racism probably, because that is what HuffPo does. Of course they’d never admit that the side that has the hardest time with black gun owners is the same side that has a problem with gun owners in general: their side.