In politics, it’s important to try and be consistent. While there are sometimes different situations that require different solutions–solutions that might be right for one case but wrong for another–it’s generally a good thing to have a consistent set of principles to help shape your beliefs on various topics.
When you don’t, your opponents will use all of that inconsistency to try and dismantle your arguments.
And that especially applies to the mainstream media.
When coronavirus lockdowns spread nationwide in March, millions of Americans flocked to their local grocery stores and wholesale markets to stock up for what would become months stuck at home. Black Americans did the same, but some had one addendum to their shopping list: a firearm.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been growing interest among African Americans in arming themselves, as evidenced by increased membership in Black gun owner organizations.
Philip Smith, president of the National African American Gun Owners’ Association, said his organization’s annual membership has increased by much as 2,000 new members per day — a figure he used to see annually. His organization has grown to more than 30,000 members this year and has an online following of nearly 90,000 people.
Now, we’ve talked about the influx of new minority gun owners. Personally, I think it’s a great thing and we’re likely to see a shift in how lawmakers go about talking on gun control if suddenly Democrats have to face the fact that a key demographic for them now supports gun rights.
However, some don’t see it that way.
Following the death of George Floyd, protests turned into riots. Now, armed parties are showing up. Not just individuals, but entire groups are popping in with loaded weapons.
This is, of course, their right. So long as they’re obeying the laws in their location, I don’t see them doing anything wrong. You see, it’s that consistency thing I’m talking about.
It’s just too bad that not everyone is that consistent.
Their demonstration and others have drawn the ire of some conservatives. Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler decried the “mob rule” in Atlantaduring a June 24 interview on Fox News, as the cable network played images of Black protesters carrying semi-automatic weapons. “We’re a nation of the rule of law and this is exactly what will happen if we defund the police,” Loeffler warned.
Her rhetoric echoes that of the White House and other Republicans in Washington, who have taken an increasingly antagonistic tone towards protesters and members of the Black Lives Matter movement over the past month.
Trump hasreferred to the movement as a “hate group” and repeated talking points in favor of tough policing. The president and his supporters, meanwhile, defended a white St. Louis couple captured on video pointing guns at Black protesters marching by. According to Fox News, thecouple told police they retrieved their firearms after spotting armed protesters.
Other members of his circle have taken to calling Black Lives Matter protesters “Marxists” who have been “planning to destroy the police for years.”
Now, I’m fine with attacking their arguments and their positions via our own freedom of speech. But the problem is that by attacking them being armed, they’re playing right into Democrats’ hands.
You see, there’s been a push for years to declare gun rights supporters–particularly politicians–as racist. They’ve long argued that if armed black men and women started walking through town, we’d see a push for gun control.
Many of us have pointed out that was absolute BS, of course. We have no issue with armed Americans so long as they’re carrying weapons lawfully and peacefully.
Yet people have latched onto Loeffler’s comments and used them to try and discredit the gun rights movement. They tied them in with others attacking Black Lives Matter in an attempt to discredit them as well.
Unfortunately for them, Black Lives Matter is a Marxist movement. Even their founder admits she’s a trained Marxist.
But that’ll be ignored because of what they perceive as hypocrisy on the Second Amendment.
Folks, don’t give them the ammo.