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Response to rurallib (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 11:05 AM

40. I knew a lot of African-American men who wished they could own guns legally to take back their ...


... neighborhoods from the gangs. But they vote anti-gun anyway because they fear the right to carry would never apply to them equally.

Actually, we had an example in Chicago that both supported and opposed that reasoning. White guy in the burbs defended his home from an intruder. The NRA swooped in and the incident became a celebrated cause for liberalizing gun laws in Illinois. While the frenzy was in full swing, a Black man in Chicago defended his home from an intruder.

The NRA went away. The gun debate died. And every newscast included speculation about a drug deal gone wrong.

On the flip side, the police actually got this right. Both cases received a brief investigation. Neither case found anything suspicious. So while the White guy was hailed a hero and the Black guy convicted of imaginary crimes in the court of public opinion, the police declared them both innocent of any wrongdoing.

So it isn't just that the cops have to change. Society does as well. Heck, I once flipped a pro-gun to anti-gun with the simple sentence, "a quarter million Black men within 35 miles of your home would love to own a firearm legally."

Of course, he doesn't consider himself racist. A lot of people only define racist as hatred. They don't feel that fear qualifies. There are a lot more people who fear Black men than hate them.

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