Black NY Times Writer Says He Needs a Gun to Feel Safe

The New York Times had an op-ed where a man said that as a black man he needed a gun to feel safe in this country.

Contrary to what he might think, I cheered the sentiment (oh, not the stuff he went on to say, but his desire to own a gun).

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Are you a law abiding citizen? If so, then I _want_ you to have a gun. I don’t care if you’re black, white, or purple with green polka dots. If you are a law abiding American I want you to be able to have a gun if you choose.

I don’t care if you have an innie or an outie, whether you have an innie and think you would be better with an outie (or vice versa or anything in between).  I don’t care how you like to connect your particular arrangement of Tab A with Slot B, or whatever arrangement of tabs and slots you prefer (so long as it’s consensual).  If you are a law abiding American I want you to be able to have a gun if you choose.

To paraphrase an old TV character, I don’t care if you eat bagels, burritos or French toast.  I don’t care if you’re ancestors came across the land bridge from Siberia or got off the boat five years ago (minimum time living in the US to apply for citizenship).  If you are a law abiding American, I want you to be able to have a gun.

I don’t care if you vote D, R, L, S, I, X, Y, Z, W, T, or F.  I don’t care if you are rich, poor, or middle class.  I don’t care if you own, rent, or shelter under an overpass.  If you are a law abiding American, I want you to be able to have a gun if you choose.

Am I getting through to you here?  I have only one requirement on my desire that you be able to have a gun if you choose, that’s “are you a law abiding American.”

And that’s not even as restrictive as it might seem.  After all, those who are not law abiding can always get guns if they want them.  No laws we pass can change that.  Gun control in the US has been an abject failure every single time it has been tried.  Every.  Single.  Time.  Other countries?  Well, ask for a documentable example of a country that had high violent crime, passed gun control, and ended up with low violent crime.  It just doesn’t happen.  And, no, Australia isn’t an example.  Their violent crime rates were trending down before they passed their gun ban.  They continued trending down at about the same average rate afterward.  Some anti-gun folk pick a high point in the year to year random variation around the general trend before the ban to compare with a low point afterward to “prove” the gun ban reduced crime.  But that’s okay.  Some pro-gun people pick a low point before the ban and a high point afterward to “prove” that crime actually went up.  The truth is that the ban had no discernible effect (except the rise in the use of homemade guns by criminals.)

If you are a law abiding American, I want you to be able to have a gun if you choose.  I want to remove every possible restriction away from your ability to have a gun.  I want the regulations and taxes that drive up the cost making guns harder to afford gone.  I want the licensing and other restrictions that make it more difficult and troublesome to own a gun removed.

If you are a law abiding American, I want you to be able to have a gun if you choose.

And when you meet a real racist, sexist, transphobe, fascist, white supremacist, bigot of any stripe, or just plain ordinary garden-variety criminal, who puts you in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury, I want you to put several large holes in him both to stop his threat to you and “pour ecourager les autres.”

And if you expected anything different from me or my gun-owning friends then you are the one who needs to examine your assumptions.

One thought on “Black NY Times Writer Says He Needs a Gun to Feel Safe”

  1. Depending on who asks the question, “What kind of gun should I buy?” I either answer with what I really feel, “You should already own at least one gun.” or I smile and say, “Good question, let’s talk about it.”

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