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LA Times’ Gun Rights Melodrama Is Way Too Melodramatic

There is all sorts of bigotry in this column.

LA Times via Newsbreak:

Column: Is California ready for more Black people to legally carry guns in public?

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. Read more h/t Brad.


12 Comments on LA Times’ Gun Rights Melodrama Is Way Too Melodramatic

  1. “And white supremacists trashed the U.S. Capitol in the Jan. 6 insurrection.”

    Wow, 3 lies in one sentence! That ties the previous record for the LA Times!

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  2. What a racist, idiotic, uneducated column.
    If you didn’t know it was serious you might think it was parody.

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  3. does anyone here actually know a white supremacist? one? ever?

    OK, 43 years back I lived in Mississippi. but, since then, no.

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  4. explainist, I knew one. He fell asleep in the back of a stolen car. And he did’t steal it, and it wasn’t his fault. I knew him for about the 9 months he wasn’t in jail… and then, POP! he was gone.

    I remember asking Tammy where her brother got off to, so I could avoid the mofo. Phil, Tammy’s husband, stopped her from speaking and said, “He went Fed.”

    That was the end of the discussion.

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