Why Blacks and Women Should Not Have Guns
The Democratic Party believes that it owns the African-American vote, and it also looks to women for much of its support. This support requires serious reconsideration. The Colorado Democratic Party, as represented by State Rep. Joe Salazar, has said openly that women are too mentally unstable to handle firearms responsibly.
There are some gender inequities on college campuses, this is true, and universities have been faced with that situation for a long time. It's why we have call boxes, it's why we have safe zones, it's why we have the whistles. Because you just don't know who you're going to be shooting at. And you don't know if you feel like you're going to be raped, or if you feel like someone's been following you around or if you feel like you're in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop, pop a round at somebody.
Salazar has therefore said unequivocally that women lack the mental capacity to distinguish between Condition Orange and Condition Red (the terms used by Colonel Jeff Cooper and Front Sight), or between bare fear and reasonable fear (Masaad Ayoob). Condition Orange or bare fear refers to a perceived threat, as might happen when a stranger walks up and asks if he can "borrow" a dollar, or a woman "feels like" somebody has been following her around. You cannot draw a weapon on somebody in Condition Orange, or out of bare fear. Only under Condition Red, or with reasonable fear, can you draw a weapon. Salazar has said for the record that the female brain is not capable of making this distinction and will therefore "pop out that gun and you pop, pop a round at somebody."
Salazar's subsequent apology is meaningless because he then voted with his party to ban concealed carry on Colorado college campuses. This proves that he is sorry only that he got caught saying aloud what he and his fellow Colorado Democrats obviously think. The phrase "Too late, chum" comes to mind, and so does the chess rule that says you don't get to take back a losing move.
What, then, do Salazar and his fellow Colorado Democrats think those empty-headed women should do to stop a sexual assault? Salazar mentioned call boxes, whistles, and safe zones. A rapist, who is almost always stronger than a woman and who may be armed in the bargain, is not likely to allow his victim to reach a call box or blow a whistle. If the "safe zones" are anything like the ones the United Nations created in Srebrenica, that speaks for itself.
Colorado Democratic State Senator Jesse Ulibarri then recommended that people bring ballpoint pens to gunfights. He added that an unarmed man stopped Jared Lee Loughner, the individual who shot Gabrielle Giffords, when Loughner stopped to reload. Ulibarri therefore thinks it is acceptable to let a deranged gunman kill six people and wound thirteen others so he has to reload (or run out of ammunition) before it is possible for unarmed people to mob him.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, meanwhile, offered the following non-firearm defense tip for rape: "Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone." The same university is now protesting that the advice was taken out of context -- the typical excuse of somebody who makes a misogynistic statement (as Joe Salazar and Todd Akin have done) or offers incompetent advice that is likely to get people hurt or killed.
We can therefore summarize the Colorado Democratic Party's and the University of Colorado's advice to women as to how they should deal with rape in exactly five words: "LIE BACK AND ENJOY IT." Most Republicans, on the other hand, agree that women have the inherent human right to stop a rape with deadly force if that is what it takes.
The NAACP, Klan, and Philadelphia Democrats Agree: Blacks Should Not Have Guns
Easily available handguns are being used to turn many of our communities into war zones. The fact that the illegal trafficking of firearms disproportionately affects minority communities in this country is indisputable. Urban communities have sadly become so accustomed to the prevalence of firearms in their neighborhoods that they are no longer shocked at the sound of gunfire.
Nineteenth-century racists phrased Mfume's position a little differently: "Let a negro board a railroad train with a quart of mean whiskey and a pistol in his grip and the chances are that there will be a murder, or at least a row, before he alights." As the Klan might put it, the instant you put Negrotown Saturday Night Specials into the hands of black people, those blacks will (to use Joe Salazar's words) "pop out those guns and pop, pop a round at people." Anti-Second Amendment journalist Robert Sherrill meanwhile admitted that the Gun Control Act of 1968 might as well have been called the Negro Disarmament Act of 1968:
The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed not to control guns but to control blacks, and inasmuch as a majority of Congress did not want to do the former but were ashamed to show that their goal was the latter, the result was they did neither.
The truth is that law-abiding black people in rural areas have needed firearms to defend themselves from the Klan, while those in inner cities need them for self-defense against the gang members of all ethnicities who turn their neighborhoods into war zones. It is already illegal for gang members who are under 18 to own any firearms whatsoever, while it is also illegal for anybody of any age to possess a firearm during the commission of any crime. New gun laws are not needed to change this.
Mfume's NAACP is not, however, the only source of African-American collaboration with racist gun laws. Pennsylvania House Bill 521 would require concealed-carry permit holders to purchase $1 million in liability insurance. Sponsors (we have not checked all of them) Waters, Brownlee, Thomas, and Brown are all African-Americans from Philadelphia who agree with racists that the basic right of self-defense should be contingent on one's socioeconomic status:
In 1879, the General Assembly of Tennessee banned the sale of any pistols other than "army or navy" model revolvers. This law effectively limited handgun ownership to whites, many of whom already possessed these Civil War service revolvers, or to those who could afford to purchase these more expensive firearms. These military firearms were among the best made and most expensive on the market, and were beyond the means of most blacks and laboring white people.
Racist swill from purported black leaders like Mfume and the above-named legislators is far more dangerous than that from traditional white supremacists, because most people recognize the latter for what they are and reject their words accordingly. We encourage African-American voters to look instead to people like Ken Blanchard ("Black Man with a Gun"), and the authors of this piece at BlackPlanet, for guidance on the Second Amendment.
William A. Levinson, P.E. is the author of several books on business management including content on organizational psychology, as well as manufacturing productivity and quality.