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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- Tony Diaz, the former NRA man, on his conversion to gun control and Newtown (macleans.ca)
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