By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “The ‘Ground’ in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Means Any Place a White Person Is Nervous,” Columbia School of Law Professor Patricia J. Williams claims as the major premise for her litany of unsupported conclusions published by The Nation. “It’s not just about property anymore.”
Assuming she’s talking about shooting someone, who said “it’s … about property” in the first place? And what’s with the article’s supporting photo, a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin, as George Zimmerman’s lawyer did not even present a “stand your ground” defense.
Facts don’t matter when there’s an agenda to exploit, and it’s not hard to determine the game being played here.
First, consider the source: The Nation is a longtime lefty publication (they endorsed Bernie!), presenting current headlines/subheads like:
“The Scary History of Trump’s Second-Amendment Call to Action: In North Carolina, we have heard this before, and lived through the bloody consequences of white terrorist rhetoric”
“‘They’re Coming for the Ones You Love’: My Weekend of Gun Training in the Desert – At Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, fear is a booming business.”
Any doubts where they stand on guns? And that in itself is curious, because what power sharing arrangement ever devised by man is more egalitarian than the right to keep and bear arms?
As for Williams, we’re talking about someone who still championed Tawana Brawley as a victim “even if she did it to herself.” We’re talking about someone whose prejudices on “progressive” and racial issues trump reality, as the rest of her disjointed hit piece shows.
Williams quotes from a “civil rights” careerist who maintains “society … worships the gun culture.” Sorry, but I just don’t know anyone who fits that description, although I have known some fine people of faith who own guns.
She complains that it’s white men who carry guns, disregarding longtime concerted efforts on the part of gun owner rights advocates to reach out to women and minorities, and the growing interest acknowledged in that Front Sight article referenced earlier:
There are some 350 students in the room. The crowd is more diverse than you might expect. In front of us sits a white woman with deep-red dyed hair and a full-back tattoo of Chinese characters. To our right is a lean, olive-skinned man with a perfectly groomed five-o’clock shadow. He’s got a desert-camo baseball cap with a patch that reads Infidel on his head and a keffiyeh around his neck. A black woman in her 30s sits next to him, her hand on his forearm. About a quarter of the students are women. There are around 20 African Americans that I can see, and about as many Latinos and Asian Americans.
It’s not our side that wants to keep women and minorities disarmed – it’s theirs. Funny, how self-styled “progressives” actually want to return to the roots and then expand on the evil of the past.
Williams cites a Harvard professor and author with a “stand your ground” book to peddle, who smears armed self-defense as “legal vigilantism.” And she brings up two other “concerns” that have a questionable relationship with the hit piece headline:
She says “white men … do not need to retreat from domestic disputes while on ground deemed ‘theirs’” (having evidently never heard of Lautenberg, and without citing one case where a man has gotten away with murdering his significant other by using that defense).
She also talks about police officers killing a suspect armed with what turned out to be air rifle. Lord knows what point she’s trying to make about non-LEO armed citizens, but it is certainly contradictory (!) that a major contention of the gun-grabbers is police should be the only ones carrying guns.
I still haven’t read any examples of “nervous whites” murdering blacks who just happened to be near them, and then getting away with it. So I’m not sure what Williams thinks she’s proving here, except maybe the ability to work emotion-driven “progressives” into an indignant frenzy over a headline.
Those would seem to be the same types as the neurotic in the stupid poem about killing a spider at the end of Williams' equally stupid, hysterical and racist insult to white men, and to all who exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.