I’ve seen a lot of things through my years. I haven’t seen it all, though. Not by a long shot.
However, as I said, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve also foreseen a lot. But one thing I really should have seen coming was how, eventually, the anti-gun forces would begin to devour themselves. They’d find ways to nitpick and demand, using the usual leftist tactics of things like identity politics and other nonsense.
Is the new movement against gun violence that is sweeping America too white and too rich?
It’s a question hotly debated on social media as hundreds of thousands rallied on Saturday in support of the #NeverAgain campaign that emerged after 17 people were killed in a gun attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month.
Protesters are being accused of hypocrisy, as some ask why they didn’t turn out for the Black Lives Matter movement, which was set up in 2013 to end police violence against black people and highlight the impact of gun violence in ethnic minority communities.
In 2016 more than 52% of murder victims (73% killed by guns) in America were black, even though black people make up 13% of the population.
Debate on Twitter focused on a photograph of white protesters holding up their palms, which read: “Don’t shoot.” The slogan and gesture became a rallying cry in 2014 after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was reported to be raising his arms, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Accusations that the weekend marches had appropriated the slogan were shared more than 3,000 times.
“Where were y’all when black people were getting shot though? If gun control don’t include police and your protesting doesn’t include innocent black people, I do not want it!” tweeted @frankpuddles.
In time, people like David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Delaney Tarr will be told to sit down, shut up, and be white.
Emma Gonzalez should be fine in this new world, of course, but the rest? Nope. They’ll need to close their mouths.
It doesn’t help that these kids are being viewed as effective. That’s because of the massive political machine that’s been running behind the scenes to make these kids look like superstars. From Debbie Wasserman Schultz helping out, to funding by Michael Bloomberg-backed groups, to organizing help from the Women’s March, they’ve had massive support from the anti-gun left.
While minority activists are upset, they’re going to turn their ire toward the groups who ignored them and backed a bunch of rich, white kids instead.
Frankly, I’m amused by it. I hope it continues. I want to encourage it, and not just because their infighting serves my purposes.
After all, these are kids who tend to live in nice, safe neighborhoods, and the greatest threat to their existence is a school shooting. The fact that they survived one means the chances of them losing their lives to violence is practically nil from a statistical point of view.
But many minorities don’t get that luxury.
Instead, they’re surrounded by violence. In many cases, they’re subjected to the tyranny of the thug, when criminals run things to such a degree that they form a kind of shadow government. The police may still be present, but that’s not who really calls the shots.
These are people who need access to firearms, the same access many at the March for Our Lives want to deny all Americans.
When wealthy white folks preach about how guns are dangerous, and we need to ban any class of firearm, they’re doing so out of their own self-preservation. They’re not worried about how the working father trying to keep his kids out of gangs will deal with those same gangs if he has to. A single shot shotgun isn’t going to do the trick, you know.
But an AR-15 will.
Elitists who live in suburbia and seek to disarm Americans forget that the people most in need of those weapons for self-defense are Americans, and they’re often minorities.
So yes, let them fight. Let them battle to the proverbial death.
Meanwhile, good people who need to protect their families can do so in relative peace.