Daunte Wright Killed Because Of Gun Control?

Daunte Wright Killed Because Of Gun Control?
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Right now, the name Daunte Wright has the left riled up. In fairness, there are a lot of people on the right that are less than pleased about what happened as well. However, if we’re going to blame law enforcement in general for his death, we might as well go back to the roots. At least part of his death was because of gun control.

So, let’s back up a little and let me explain.

Wright wasn’t pulled over because he was black. He had a moving violation that prompted police to pull him over. Had it been you or more, we’d have gotten a ticket and gone about our day.

For Wright, though, that wasn’t possible. He had an active warrant, so they went to arrest him.

Unfortunately, Wright resisted arrest and that led to things getting out of hand.

Yet had it not been for the warrant, police wouldn’t have tried to arrest Wright and none of us would ever have heard of him.

So what does any of this have to do with gun control? Well, the arrest warrant.

First case: Wright was accused of carrying a weapon without a permit and fleeing from the police.

  • Documents in the case are filed under 27-CR-21-4400.
  • They detail charges that Wright carried a pistol without a permit and ran from the police.
  • A complaint filed on March 4 said that Wright had had an encounter with the police on June 30 in Minneapolis.
  • It said officers responded to a call about a man with a gun and found Wright in a car with other people.
  • The complaint said Wright ran away from the officers, who chased but did not catch him. It said a loaded handgun was found in the car.

Now, Wright also failed to appear before the court for this charge which didn’t help, but the problem is the first charge. Yes, there appear to have been prior warrants, but none were active. It’s quite possible that Wright was a very bad man who did very bad things.

Yet he hadn’t been convicted of anything. We’re still innocent until proven guilty in this country.

So we have someone who hasn’t been convicted of a felony who was arrested for being in possession of a firearm without a permit.

Requiring a permit in order to carry a gun is gun control. Without that law in place, Wright wouldn’t have had an active warrant in the first place. Law enforcement would have had no reason to arrest him in the first place and he’d have taken his ticket and go about his merry way. None of this would have happened.

This is the unfortunate result of so much gun control, though. Anti-gunners think the people most likely to be impacted will be old white men, but it’s more typically young black males who catch the brunt of this. We older white guys may gripe and complain, but we’ve historically complied with the law.

Younger black men, however, often find themselves surrounded by people who are likely to kill you if you show any signs of disrespect, yet will treat you like crap if you don’t stand up for yourself. It’s not difficult to imagine why someone would carry a gun, even without a permit. Better to be tried by twelve than carried by six and all that.

Had it not been for the anti-gun movement’s insistence that everyone has to have a permit, all of this could have been avoided and Daunte Wright would still be alive.

They can try to pin this on law enforcement as a whole all they want, and while there does appear to have been some degree of negligence, none of that should have mattered.

Gun rights are human rights, and Wright is dead because anti-gunners denied him his.

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