Blaming the Second Amendment for Black Deaths a Tactic for Disarming All

Rather than abetting citizen disarmanent, black leaders could look to history, and to positive examples like “Stagecoach Mary.”

U.S.A. – -( “The Thanksgiving tragedy in Hoover, Ala., highlights an American problem: The deaths of black men, legally armed and who have committed no crime, at the hands of police,” The Christian Science Monitor observes. “At a time when the president and guns rights activists have suggested that ‘good guys with guns' are a solution for stopping mass shooters, some black gun owners are wondering if ‘helping while black' is too dangerous.”

The writer has a point. But the “solution” is not to blame the Second Amendment. And that’s just what some agitators with a megaphone and an agenda are doing.

“At this point, you start to realize that really the Second Amendment is not intended for black people,” South African import and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah declared. “It’s an uncomfortable thing to say, but it’s the truth. Like people will be like ‘the right to bear arms.’ Yes, the right to bear arms if you’re not a black man. If you’re a black man, you have no business bearing arms at all.”

That’s hardly the fault of the Second Amendment or of advocates of the right to keep and bear arms. But that doesn’t stop those opposed to the right from exploiting the deaths and saying it is to advance their agenda of control. And it doesn’t stop others from conflating the criminal abuse of guns with lawful ownership and use.

“Gun homicides are driving down life expectancy rates among young black Americans — nearly twice as much as their white counterparts, according to a new Boston University study,” The Boston Herald states, citing the work of Boston University School of Medicine’s Dr. Bindu Kalesan. That the problem is so severe for this group when it is virtually non-existent for the millions of members of the NRA, arguably the most heavily-armed civilian population on the planet, is left unmentioned.

If anything is an indicator the problem isn’t with the guns, that reality ought to give Kalesan a good clue. Then again, we’re talking about someone whose past claim that “[i]mplementing three state gun control laws at the federal level could reduce the rate of American gun deaths by more than 90%” was reviewed and found ludicrous:

“[L]eading gun violence researchers have called that result ‘implausible,’ and said the study’s design is so flawed that some of its findings are not believable.”

In addition to the disproportionate prevalence of violent crime within populations most directly affected by and responsive to a continuing history of so-called “progressive” government policies, we can also look at attitudes of those that “govern” such populations. Case in point, former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy went out of his way to scare off “good guys with guns” in a city notorious for minority community homicides:

“I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms,” McCarthy declared.  “I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”

Gun-grabber supreme and potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg went so far as to advocate seizing guns from minority males under 25 – and then blocked the release of his recorded speech. As an aside, that’s information we can and should use as he pursues political ambitions and further aggressions against our rights.

In fact, “gun control” in this country has had discriminatory motives from the start, as Clayton Cramer revealed in his now-classic “The Racist Roots of Gun Control,” with first the “slave codes” forbidding ownership of weapons and the later “black codes.” The infamous Dred Scott decision even got the Supreme Court to weigh in with the opinion that blacks could not be recognized as citizens because, among other things, “It would give to persons of the negro race … the right to … keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

What’s curious is that it’s not the recognized “leaders” of the “black community” sharing such information, or sharing memories of armed civil rights efforts exemplified by groups like the Deacons for Defense and Justice, or by colorful historical figures like Mary Fields,  above, “the first African American female star route mail carrier in the United States.”

Instead, amid cries of “Black Lives Matter,” we see cognitive dissonance from those “leaders” who respond by demanding citizen disarmament. Their contradictory “solution” is to make sure the enforcers they accuse of killing them are the “Only Ones” with guns.

And they disparage and condemn those advocating for the right of the people to keep and bear arms regardless of race.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and a contributor to Firearms News, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 20 thoughts on “Blaming the Second Amendment for Black Deaths a Tactic for Disarming All


    2. this is Perpless Amerika, where no human being is responsible for their actions, inanimate objects are believed to arise and commit mayhem on their own and vast numbers of ‘citizens’ have been dumbed down enough to believe that tripe.

      this will not end well.

    3. It is hilarious how the same social justice warriors screaming that everyone to the right of Chairman Mao is a “White Supremacist” also openly support Bloomberg. Bloomberg made sure to direct the NYPD to stop and frisk non whites because those are the criminals. How much more “racist” and textbook racial profiler can one get? Yet the NY Times and all of the far left crazy gun banners embrace bloomberg’s money, political groups, and message.The

      Codrea bringing up the Aspen footage is a great point. If Bloomberg actually runs then we should sue, offer a bounty, and do what it takes to get that video.

    4. First we who wish to own and carry firearms legally per our duly constituted 2A rights, need to understand that there are a significant number of folks who are members of law enforcement who would prefer we not own and/or carry. So given that, and given bigotry and racism will always exist in this and any country, if you choose to carry and find yourself in a situation where you need to deploy your firepower, then be damn sure that when LEO’s arrive you make sure they know who you are before they decide to take you out, either out of legitimate concern or just because they damn well just want to shoot someone. Having served as a LEO in the Army I know there are those in uniform just itching to pull the trigger.

    5. people brush aside asshole bloomberg as a pain,let me tell you this man is probably one of the biggest threat to our guns than anybody. he has a lot of money,a lot of friends with money and they are creeping in!! buying up stock in companies like ruger and S&W,taking control thru the boardroom. pushing banks to stop doing business with gun wholesalers and retailer,if we’re not careful this smuck may win out,he’s a control freak,they’re the most dangerous!

    6. White racists use the term “race traitor” for those of their race ( usually, but not always white) who do not support their bigoted goals. What is the proper term for Black, latino, and Jewish “leaders” who by pushing gun control demand their own people place themselves at the mercy of the racists who over time rise to power? What is the term for politicians who demand we bare our throats to would be tyrants?

    7. I feel like the point is missed and muddled because of political sides. Take away Bloomberg and whoever else and strip away the left vs right and what you have left are people and their responses to certain situations.

      The fact is that recently, we have had the narrative that a good guy with a gun is the solution to a bad guy with a gun. Recently, we have had mass shootings at churches, concerts and schools where the bad guy with a gun was a white male. Recently, we have had at least two instances in particular where there was a good guy with a gun and one a lawful gun owner, and they were judged and killed by law enforcement.

      The glaring difference there is that the good guys were black while the perpetrators were in black areas with the first two and the latter was just a man in his car.

      Either way, our country has a perception that a man of color is dangerous first, and human second. There are no gun laws that can fix this. Someone mentioned that gun restrictions were started by democrats, but in that time the democrats were the party of segregation and Jim Crow and KKK like tactics during reconstruction. When it was made a crime for black families to own weapons and the KKK and sheriff rode together to black owned lands and stripped their firearms.

      If you look at it from a purely factual standpoint, the answer is a resounding No: the 2nd amendment did not apply to black people when it was written because back then blacks were not people, they were slaves. Today, it’s not the 2nd amendment that is not for black people, it’s the people in charge and the lawmakers and special interest groups that allow prejudice to be an unwritten part of their platform that are not for black people.

    8. Democrats passed the first gun-control laws, and those laws were aimed at exclusively disarming blacks. From there Democrats sought to ban gun ownership from everyone else.

      Democrats don’t want to just put blacks back on the plantation, they want to put everyone on the plantation, under the thumb of their control.

      That is why gun control is not about guns, it’s about control.

    9. I’m not gonna get into the situation analysis of this and just cut to the real agenda of people like Roland Martin and Trevor Noah. Those people, like many influential black people are what I call GATEKEEPERS. There only mission is to keep black people that have become tired of liberal, socialist, Marxist policies, on the Democrat voting plantation. Gun rights is essential to liberty and freedom. Articles from places like The Root, that try to shame black people from the second are only just another way of keeping black people brainwashed to voting Democrat. More and more black people are waking up from a nearly 50 year coma and the Democrat party and black elites are running scared and they can kiss my black A.$.$.

    10. The government allowed slavery. Guns ended slavery. Former slaves, black people, had strong family and religious attitudes.
      The government, banned alcohol and the created organized crime. Alcohol was legalized again and organized crime began selling drugs.
      Government began big welfare about the same time and until 1960, black people were making great social and economic progress. So the Welfare State expanded and made rules that said welfare money couldn’t go to women and children if there was a man in the house as “bread winner.” Government destroyed the black family and instituted “slavery” and organized crime recruited young black men as drug dealers.
      Organized crime, drugs and street gangs were the key to passage of gun control and therefore tyranny.
      Is it any wonder that South Chicago has a drug and gang problem and the gangs use guns. The honest black citizens were disarmed so almost all the gun news was bad, as the wolf said, the better to slip a gun law past the people.
      I don’t know if government IS THAT SMART, but government always seeks to disarm te people because government wants total control.

      After all, what do a few dead students, matter if government can pass a new gun law that only disarms the peaceful and law abiding. Street crime and drugs, so what if people abuse opioids, as long as government prints more money and te circus or TV entertains, what does the Bill of Rights matter, let’s destroy te Bill of Rights and Constitution because the tyrants are tired of waiting.

    11. Bloomberg’s Aspen appearance before 400 people did not have someone video him with phones? A news outlet not broadcasting statements of a life long nationally known politician is rare. It not unlikely that the tape has been destroyed. Bloomberg nor his media friends should not get away with this.

    12. If a good guy licensed and legal be he/she white or black reacts at an active shooter scene that’s great to hopefully stop the shooting. But, when cops show up with limited information that someone has a gun and is shooting, one should not be holding their gun when they show up if at all practical, just saying. Difficult and dangerous time for cops to sift through who’s good and who’s bad for their safety and to also be trying to terminate a shooter. What tv shows depict of the cop debating with guns drawn at the scene with an armed person they encounter is total fantasy.

    13. Our contemporary understanding of gun control laws stems from Jim Crow laws designed to disarm Southern black populations during Reconstruction. This legacy continues. Bloomberg, Kalesan and McCarthy are in fine company, right next to the Klan. A free people should be armed. That applies to all people. Deal with criminals as criminals. Leave the decent and law abiding majority alone.

      1. Kinda makes you wonder where it ended up. An auction should bring a pretty good price if it could be found.

    14. I have noticed several great contradictions in the left, but one of the greatest (and applicable here) is the simultaneous positions of “we can’t trust the police” -AND- “only the police should have guns.” Seriously?

      1. That one always struck me as odd. Police on one hand are called racist, brutal murderers but they should have all the guns.

        1. That s because the left, following their Marxist Socialist playbook, will only allow their “security” or “special police” to be armed once they gain the level of absolute power they crave…. You see, it’s all about the definition of “police” and who specifically those police serve…

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