Black Gun History Month and the NRA

Posted on March 5, 2014

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I wouldn’t want to have to wait for the police to show up if these thugs showed up in my neighborhood. Neither did Rosa Parks.

No matter what the subject matter or news item, mass media in America has a set pattern, pre-cut, of how Blacks and other minorities fit into the narrative.  No individual or group that diverges from that established frame is welcome or relevant, as people like Herman Cain, Lt. Col. Allen West and my friend, Anita MonCrief can affirm. The argument, as it relates to Black opinion is that if Democrats have a preponderance of the Black vote, then Blacks must be on board with all prevailing Democrat legislative policies.  It’s an argument to an extent, but it has holes in it.

Nothing illustrates that Black political opinion is not monolithic, better than questions having to do with social issues that have a moral framework or touch on civil liberties.  It just so happens, that for a lot of Blacks, the question of the 2nd Amendment and the right to own a firearm for self defense and other contingencies, are civil liberties issues.

Last year I wrote an article in which I pointed out that within the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, leaders advocated weaponing up to fend off attacks from marauding Klan members and other assorted racists.  The video you are about to see not only references this, but provides some other historical details that the gun control obsessed liberal mass media is loath to include in all their ‘Black History Month’ vignettes.

But there is a compelling story of this tradition, which continues to resonate among Blacks.  Ida B. Wells, a co-founder of the National Association of Colored Women, reflecting on the role of guns in community protection, particularly against lynchings – wrote, “a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every Black home for the protection which the law refuses to give.”

Condi Rice, bless her little NeoCon soul, is a Tea Partier when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, as she explained on Larry King Live: 

“The way I come out of my own personal experience, in which in Birmingham, Ala., my father and his friends defended our community in 1962 and 1963 against White Knight Riders by going to the head of the community, the head of the cul-de-sac, and sitting there, armed. And so I’m very concerned about any abridgment of the Second Amendment.”

A remarkable but unfortunately, under referenced judicial opinion from the pen of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, outlines why not all Blacks believe that the NAACP and the Reverend Sharpton are representing their best interests:

“It was the ‘duty’ of white citizen ‘patrols to search negro houses and other suspected places for firearms.’  If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black ‘to the nearest justice of the peace’ whereupon he would be ‘severely punished.’ ” Never again, Thomas says. “Militias such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Knights of the White Camellia, the White Brotherhood, the Pale Faces and the ’76 Association spread terror among blacks. . . . The use of firearms for self-defense was often the only way black citizens could protect themselves from mob violence.”

Thomas also referenced Frederick Douglass – who should never be given short shrift in any study of the history of the struggle of Blacks to achieve equality, “The black man has never had the right either to keep or bear arms,’ and that, until he does, ‘the work of the Abolitionists was not finished.”

How can we forget Otis McDonald, the direct beneficiary of Justice Thomas’ opinion cited above?  McDonald was the central plaintiff in the landmark McDonald vs. Chicago Supreme Court case.  Otis, now 79, merely wanted to take out a little deterrence in the form of a handgun after witnessing the frightening growth of crime and gang activity in his community in Chicago’s Morgan Park district, but the Democrat controlled City of Chicago doesn’t want blacks defending themselves.  Said McDonald,

“I just got the feeling that I’m on my own. The fact is that so many people my age have worked hard all their life, getting a nice place for themselves to live in … and having one (handgun) would make us feel a lot more comfortable.” 

My mother lives in Arizona, where all law abiding citizens, White, Black, Hispanic or Asian, have the right to own a firearm for self defense.  Why is it that cities like Chicago and Washington D.C. prefer to take away that choice?  Otis McDonald deserves it every bit as much as my mother does, and with the help of the Second Amendment Foundation and Justice Thomas, now he can enjoy his Natural Law right to bear arms;  although, it should be noted that these cities opt to maintain the most restrictive ordinances possible that still narrowly fit within the confines of a court order.

My final tribute goes to 65 year old E.C. Robinson. You may have heard about this incident that occurred earlier this month. Robinson, who was playing cards with his buddies at a Gary, Indiana senior hangout called the ‘Safe and Sound Social Club’, returned fire when an armed thug and another armed accomplice pulled their weapons and attempted to rob the patrons.  Mr. Robinson saved 3 other lives beside his own and critically wounded his assailant, making it relatively routine for Gary Police officers responding, to apprehend 23 year old Chicago resident, Kendell Reed

Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t even handle the crime element in his city, but it is spilling out to other neighboring  states besides.  Despite this, he and previous city administrations would rather see residents, Black, White and Latino defenseless against the roving gangsters attacking unarmed citizens at will.  And as I’ve said numerous times, the most the police can do for you is to place a chalk mark around your dead body, so they can photograph you and document the crime scene.  In this and the last century, Police don’t prevent violent crimes, they simply write reports and investigate them.

The evolving attitudes of crime weary Black residents of the inner city, may be a small spark that catches fire and provides new allies in our fight against the gun grabbers in the Democrat party.  I’m cautiously hopeful, but this is something we need to support and encourage.

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