Over the last few years, we’ve seen more and more people trying to convince us that the Second Amendment is racist, that it’s only gun control that can free us from our racial bias, or whatever.
It’s become something of a shibboleth among anti-gun groups of late. It’s simply taken as fact.
Yet, let’s also be clear here. They’re wrong.
Gun rights activist Maj Toure noted recently that it’s really the other way around.
In an interview with NTD’s “Capitol Report,” Toure points out the narrative that “guns are only for cops and criminals” and the idea of carrying a firearm being a taboo subject are false and “steeped in the actual racist practice of gun control.” Cities in the Northeast region, which have larger black and brown populations, are the places that have the most gun control and, “ironically, that’s where most of the violent crime is,” he said.
During the great migration period, a lot of black people from the South who were newly emancipated moved to big cities like Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and New York. “That’s when the gun control was created,” Toure said.
“There are a lot of would-be public servants who try to pretend that … gun ownership is the actual racist thing when, in reality, gun control was literally started to stop black people from having the means to themselves.”
He’s not wrong, either.
That also applies to the South, where newly-freed black people were often targeted by racist groups like the KKK. When they started arming themselves to resist this threat, as all free people should be able to do, gun control laws started popping up.
Sure, they were worded as if they applied to everyone, but folks knew the sheriffs of the day wouldn’t prosecute a white man for having a gun.
In other words, regardless of the words on the page, those laws were only enforced against one group of people and everyone knew it.
That is the legacy of gun control.
Yet that true legacy is being glossed over, ignored so as to advance a narrative that’s a direct attack on the right to keep and bear arms. Moreover, it’s an attack that simply doesn’t produce the results many claim. Every single study suggesting otherwise is questionable at best.
Toure called it as he sees it, and he’s not wrong.
Oh, I get the fears some had of slave revolts and whatnot, but those fears weren’t the reason for the Second Amendment. It may have prompted some to support it, but it wasn’t why that became a part of the Constitution.
And that’s the crux of that argument.
Yet gun control laws were originally created specifically to disarm black people. It was racist fears of armed black men running rampant that prompted those laws and not a general distrust of guns or people who owned them. There were plenty of guns in private hands before the Civil War, after all, and nary a peep was heard until black men and women started getting firearms.
Then, suddenly, it’s a horrifying thing.
The Second Amendment stands for everyone. It’s there for men and women of all ethnicities, religions, or whatever other divisions you want to apply. It’s a right, one specifically enshrined in our Constitution, and as such, it has no racial connotations, even if it might have originally.
Gun control, on the other hand, was specifically created to impact black gun owners. Moreover, it’s still doing that in many locations, creating criminals where there should be none.
Yes, it’s time for the media and the left to acknowledge the truth Toure dropped on them. However, I don’t see it happening.