Hey White People – minorities with #guns #guncontrol @NRA

A few weeks ago, Rush Limbaugh said this:

Try this. If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma? I don’t know, I’m just asking. If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge? Anyway, that’s what we’re — and these people that think like Brokaw are all over the media. This is the way they’re looking at this. (here)

In talking with a friend a while ago, I was thinking about these other times minorities with guns would have made a difference.

For instance, imagine what would have happened if the Japanese-American citizens interned during World War II had guns, armed with infantry weapons used by the military? Imagine the outcry if those same Japanese-American citizens had used those weapons to wage war against our Government, I mean, their government during a time of war. Imagine the outcry from white Americans and the push for gun control, in the name of preserving the peace.

Let us, for a moment, imagine if Southern blacks had Korean War-era weapons during the worst moments of lynching sprees. This feeds into the Civil Rights-era. Imagine, for just a moment if minorities in the South had, instead of marching, picked up weapons and fought back against governments who were denying them their American civil liberties and against white power structures who regularly turned a blind eye to lynchings and other abuses. How quickly do you think we would have went back as a country? How quickly would we have crawled in bed with paranoid Nixon or Joseph McCarthy? How quickly do you think the fear of Nat Turner would have returned to blanket the South with a murderous frenzy?

We have this fanciful notion that violence solves all things. We see this in our atonement theology, our civil liberties, and our foreign policy  Yet, by examples we know that violence only begets more violence. The Gospels paint a picture of Jesus who laid down swords to pick up the Cross. We have Ignatius who instead of fighting the martyrdom, embraced it. Others, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King — people who have overcome great violence and changed the world through minimal bloodshed, albeit more often than not their own. And yet, the first thing we can think of to change the world around us is to pick up a gun, or rather, to urger others to pick up guns. The answers to history’s sins were never weapons of violence, but the most violent weapon of all, self-sacrifice.

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Post By Joel Watts (10,050 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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7 thoughts on Hey White People – minorities with #guns #guncontrol @NRA

  1. There was a group of African-Americans that armed themselves for self-protection. They were called the Black Panthers and the NRA and then-Gov. Ronald Reagan worked together to pass strict gun control laws to keep all those scary black folk from having guns. Trust me when I tell you Rush would have been at the front of the line demanding all those scary armed black men be disarmed by the police.

  2. Actually brings a different meaning to pass the plate. Pass the ammo. Just specify caliber, please.

  3. I think if more African Americans had guns the political landscape would look a lot different. Imagine if black folks had guns and were adamant about the 2nd Amendment. Do you think they’d be AS inclined to vote Democrat? This is the very reason the Democrats want gun control and the NRA and both parties have done their best to limit minorities from having guns. It’s no accident urban cities, pretty much across the board in America have strict gun laws…. Who occupies those cities. See a pattern?

    • That’s a rather, well, that’s a rather stupid view. THe NRA lobbied for gun control to keep African Americans from having guns, even in the rural areas.

      Americans want gun control because we are tired of mass shootings – usually by insane white kids.

      The rest of your statements is, well, its racist. Thanks for stopping by

      • “How do we expect to have any impact on a society and say, ‘We’re going to pass a law. Hey this is inexcusable. We can’t allow any more of this. Let’s pass a law that will change the course of the future’ when we don’t enforce the laws that we have on the books — the most important laws?…

        I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health issues — I think there’s a lot of work that can be done there,” he said. ”I believe the solution may not be as easy to implement as I might hope, but it’s a simple concept. We need civility across our nation.”

        – Mark Mattioli, whose six-year-old son James was killed at Sandy Hook

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATxWUydoqxQ

        “The one thing I learned from Columbine pertaining to gun control is that it is highly political,” he said. “When I actually educated myself on the issue it became increasingly clear that the gun control lobby and the politicians that share those views are in fact creating more problems than they solve.

        Criminals and murderers love defenseless people and they are enabled by the laws that create such environments,” Todd added. “Gun control is a blessing to those who wish to do evil and deadly to good people.”

        – Evan Todd, survivor of Columbine Massacre

        http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/19/being-shot-gave-this-columbine-survivor-strong-views-on-gun-control-heres-why-he-opposes-more-restrictions/

        Just a reminder that not every survivor of a massacre blindly leaps on the bandwagon of gun control, which leads to more violence than it solves. See Chicago.

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