Skip to comments.Column: Is California ready for more Black people to legally carry guns in public?
Posted on 06/27/2022 11:17:38 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
Nathan W. Jones leads the Bay Area chapter of the Black Gun Owners Assn. But until a few years ago, he wasn't even into guns.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, sending racial justice protesters into the streets. And white supremacists trashed the U.S. Capitol in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Suddenly, it seemed as if America was on the brink. And with the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe vs. Wade on Friday, emboldening a militant array of white Christian nationalists, we clearly still are.
"I had visions of mobs dragging people through the streets, and something just kind of switched," Jones told me. "We can't rely on anybody else to come and save us. It has to be us."
So, on Thursday, while many were apoplectic over the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the rights of gun owners to carry a loaded weapon in public — throwing gun control laws in California and New York into limbo at a time when shootings are increasing — Jones was thoughtful.
On the one hand, he wants it to be easy for law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves "if and when the time arises." But on the other hand, he's a 50-year-old realist who knows that fear and hatred of Black people run deep in the United States, especially when we're armed.
"There's no overt racism when we go to the gun range, but we know how people are looking at us," Jones said of the dozens of Black members who meet up to go shooting. "We know the things that people think."
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Why is the left so racist?
Yahoo sows nothing but lies and propaganda to fools.
Avoid at all costs. 😜
The “racial justice protestors” were the true “supremacists”, not the Jan 6 protestors.
Black people legally using guns isn’t the problem....
Very tough background check in Cali. Just saying.
As opposed to the miniscule number that now carry illegaly? Is Cali ready for white folks to ccw? Hispanics? Asians? Glbtqrtxyx? Pacific islanders? Little people? 🤔
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” - Robert Heinlein...
“Is California ready for more Black people to legally carry guns in public?”
What a racist and completely inept question... lol
As long as they are not gang members, BLM, or have had problems with their neighbors, and without a criminal record, but also pass the safety test
Erika D. Smith is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times writing about the diversity of people and places across California. She joined The Times in 2018 as an assistant editor and helped expand coverage of the state’s housing and homelessness crisis. She previously worked at the Sacramento Bee, where she was a columnist and editorial board member covering housing, homelessness and social justice issues. Before the Bee, Smith wrote for the Indianapolis Star and Akron Beacon Journal. She is a recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for column writing, a graduate of Ohio University and a native of the long-suffering sports town of Cleveland.
It sounds like liberals don’t like blacks getting the power to protect themselves against criminals and the government. Sorry for repeating myself.
When the left tries to instill fear about blacks getting armed, it exposes that they think blacks are dangerous criminals. That lines up with what they think about voter ID laws and pretty much everything else.
Underlying this question is the widespread liberal conviction that gun owners are racists fearful of minorities possessing the means of self-defense. You can’t talk them out of it, I’ve tried.
The only blacks carrying guns now are the criminals. The new wave of blacks carrying guns are the law abiding. Bring it on, baby! Welcome aboad.
“There’s no overt racism when we go to the gun range, but we know how people are looking at us,“
No, you don’t.
“We know the things that people think.”
No you don’t....but thank you MSM for making you believe that.
This whole question is a straw man. A fallacy.
An increase in blacks legally carrying guns for self-defense poses no threat to anyone whatsoever, because self-defense is non-threatening by definition.
If anything, more people (black and white) carrying for self-defense can only serve to deter gun violence, as perpetrators will consider the odds that their intended victims might be carrying.
“Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade on Friday, emboldening a militant array of white Christian nationalists, we clearly still are.”