The Right To Bear Arms…If You’re White?

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The right to bear arms is going crazy. People, mostly white males, are carrying rifles everywhere. Their reason? Because if they do not do this, they’ll lose their rights…huh? There is a reason why they call it a right? No government official can take away your rights to have a firearm and since the Constitution does not say you are not allowed to carry in public, state rights allows people to carry in public. The disturbing trend though is, corporations allow people to carry their firearms in their place of business:

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So why do mostly conservative white males carry? Most common answer…to protect themselves and their loved ones. These gun nuts are staunch advocates of the Second Amendment…or openly quote the Second Amendment as though they are some Constitutional expert, carrying their pocket Constitution with them while marching around with their rifle or shotgun for all to see. Yet, one wonders, would they do the same when people of color do the same?

Looking back in history, the Mulford Act was a 1967 California bill prohibiting the public carrying of loaded firearms. Named after Republican assemblyman Don Mulford, the bill garnered national attention after the Black Panthers marched on the California Capitol to protest the bill. The bill was signed to law by Republican Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Even though the Republicans wanted to disarm the Panthers, because of the 14th Amendment, everyone was banned from open carry, and California was one a several states that prohibits open carry. Still, it makes you wonder, what would happen if the Tea Party were predominately people of color? Would the conservatives still be adamant in the right to carry? When Mulford wrote the bill the NRA sponsored legislation to have gun control.

Again would the conservatives support PoC carrying in Walmart, Home Depot, Toys R Us parks and other areas open to the public? From past history, apparently no. Still, typical of the conservatives logic, everything they do always seem to backfire (no pun intended). What was probably a ban against the Black Panther ended up banning everyone.

As a person of color, if I walked into a store with my rifle, would the people call the cops? If my Asian friend from Iran walked to a park with an AK-47 or AR-15, would the police be called? You know, as a possible member of the Taliban or Al Qaeda? Are gun rights for all or is there some limitation? Apparently, Mulford tried to limit the Panthers, but ended up, with the help of Reagan, make this state one of the most gun-controlled state in California…thank goodness. Ironically, under Governor Jerry Brown, I can buy an AR-15 with a 10 round locking magazine or a semi-auto 10 round magazine AK-47. Even funnier, all the bans in California were from Republican governors.

Honestly, I’m sort of glad that the RNC in California do want gun control and all of our governors were pro-choice, but it makes one wonder, if the Tea Party with all its glory was a conservative black organization, would the NRA still be this vocal? Gun nuts on the right are saying gun control is racist, because it banned blacks from owning firearms. I respond by saying that the idea of the ban was from a Republican, signed by a Republican but it was a Democrat who made sure either all folks were banned or no ban at all.

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77 Replies to “The Right To Bear Arms…If You’re White?”

  1. you have your right, just like everybody else…but the right of the public overrides your individual right especially if it is a public health and safety issue..morons don’t think because their brain will bleed! but they can intimidate people.

  2. This entire open carry situation has gotten out of control. These morons walking around with guns indiscriminately as though it’s Somalia or Yemen. You can bet if they were any persons of color, be it black, brown or other the police would be there pronto.

    The NRA, their lackeys, and spineless politicians are to blame for this nonsense. I am assuming they don’t feel safe what with a black guy in the White House cause you know he wants to take their precious guns. We need to restore some sanity in this country.

    I can only assume these are mostly people who were probably bullied as children. Now feel inadequate in their lives. With inadequate, uh, equipment size shall we say.

  3. The Founding Fathers did not intend for Americans to have access to all manner of weapons, nor did they intend for citizens to walk around armed to the teeth. The 2nd Amendment has been sliced and diced and misused for far too long.

    They can carry a copy of the Constitution with them, they can read the Bill of Rights over and over again as if reciting some mantra, but that does not give them understanding.

    The 2nd Amendment does not mean what these people think it means. It never has and no matter how loudly they scream up to the heavens about it, it never will.

  4. It is just like the ban on opium. Nobody thought anything about it until Chinese men started trying to date White women while under the influence. Opium was banned instantly.

  5. Well the conservatives may make fun of “looney liberal” California but I am happy that these open-carry nuts are not allowed here. Because we actually have the gall to believe in civilized behavior and human rights.

    They are not trying to stand up for their gun-rights, they are trying to let people know what would happen if someone “messes” with them.”Messes” means disagree. And who do they think are “messing” with them? Liberals and the government.

    They want to let people know that they are ready to fight. To kill everyone who stands in their way.

    Granted it is rather haphazard but the message is loud and clear.

    That is why it does not bother them at all that they are scaring people. THEY WANT THEM TO BE SCARED. Because if you are not for them then you are against them.

    I will take CA earthquakes over this lunacy ANY TIME.

  6. I read a story recently about guns and the old wild west. Did you know that there were laws about carrying your weapons into town, or into taverns and the like. In most of the cities out west, it was illegal to carry them into town. When you got into town you had to check them in to the local sheriff who would hold them until you left town. It seemed they had better sense back in those days then they do now.

  7. Well yeah. Even Ben Cartwright didn’t carry when he went to town. Nor did The Rifleman. I think they had it right. Take your gun to town, then head right for the local police station and check it until they can escort you back to your gas guzzler and send you on your way! That or we have to start taxing ammunition and banning ammo for the military weapons from being sold to anyone BUT the military.

  8. Do you notice anything else? You don’t see bunch of women walking around with rifles and trying to look scary. We are too busy working and taking care of our kids. How do these fools have so much time on their hands? And couldn’t they find a better use for it than terrorizing their towns?

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  11. I read a tongue-in-cheek statement in a novel recently. It said that our biggest “educational system” in the US is the movies (I would add TV as well). And maybe we should add unreliable websites too.

    That plus a concerted effort by conservatives to re-write history as taught in the schools and we have this kind of mess.

    One thing students are NOT taught is to think critically about history so we will not make the same mistakes in the future. While Patriotism is fine it should never be used to cover up the truth.

    Children should be not just taught the Constitution but should be required to know the exact REASONING that the Founding Fathers used in coming up with it.They should be familiar with the writings of the Founding Fathers.If you divorce it from its context then you can make it mean ANYTHING YOU WANT.

  12. With your comment, you just about summed up what us sane people have to deal with everyday with almost half of the population who revel in their ignorance.

  13. The famous, or infamous, Gunfight at the OK Corral was triggered when the town marshall, Virgil Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday went to arrest the Clanton faction for carrying guns within the city limits, in violation of a city ordinance.

  14. For alleged experts they have a hard time understanding the first bit of the second amendment…A Well regulated militia. Well regulated is easy enough to understand!

  15. In that photo, they all look like thugs with weapons. The only difference is one group of thugs is white and the other group is black.

  16. If I see a knucklehead wandering my local Target or Walmart or Olive Garden carrying a weapon, I’m calling the police and leaving the store. I’m apparently missing the gene that allows me to instantaneously determine whether someone is a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun. I’m not taking any chances.

  17. …tried to explain that to a gun nut…he said something about family tradition, and then he said he wasn’t gonna waste any more time with me “because you don’t and never will understand”…I thought “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!”

  18. This was an attempt to disarm the black panthers….
    Am I sthe only one that remembers what the black panthers did, and not what they stood for (or claimed to, for the skeptics)

  19. One way to combat this insanity could be whatever companies coddle these immature troglodytes is to boycott them. If target in Texas want to have people carry in their stores then boycott Target nationwide. Remember there are a lot more us sane people than them and one think I have learn about American capitalism is ,if you make them lose a dollar they will holler

  20. I would love to see a group of african americans or a group of middle eastern young men walking about america with their AK-47’s hanging out! Feeling nervous? It’s not you, it’s your prejudice hahahaha…

  21. I believe these idiotic morons ARE the bullies from school. Why else do they need to carry guns that intimidate and that they may one day kill? Chances are pretty good that if one carries a gun around, someone else will die from that gun, either deliberately or accidentally. These are nothing but thugs with guns, the color doesn’t matter. Still thugs.

  22. And let Corporate Headquarters know you are boycotting all of their stores no matter where they are located and why. Don’t expect a reply though.

  23. I believe that these overweight mentally disturbed gun nuts along with their skinny bare arms shirt wearing friends have never been in the military. While, they carry their guns concealed and weapons in the open to show how masculine they are. So here, to all you gun nuts and your buddies. Join the military learn the differences between your gun and your weapon then go fight for the right to bear arms and bare arms. Why because most people, well those who can count to four, are tired of seeing your obtuse cowardly over weight (a.k.a.) fat presents on T.V. as well as in their shops and restaurants.

  24. Sick Sick people! I’ll warrant you couldn’t come up with 4 inches of penis between the 2 losers in that photo henceforth the “proxy penises” they carry. I wish these gun NUTS would take their 2nd Amend. “freedom” and stick it up their ignorant asses along with their guns! Real MEN don’t need guns!

  25. “well regulated” IS easy to understand; it means “in good working order” as in “a well regulated watch” or a “well regulated militia”. It does NOT mean “under government control”, or at least was not used that way when the constitution was written.

  26. First you have to have an understanding of what those “idiots” that open carry their rifles are doing. The statement they are making is it is legal to open carry an assault weapon and NOT a handgun. Texas will pass open carry soon and many people support this. If the fear id gun crimes, address the gang issue that accounts for 80% of all gun crimes or the antidepressants that account for 100% of the school shootings. Many states have open carry and I have yet to hear about someone shooting someone else while open carrying a handgun that is meant for their safety.

  27. No, in Texas a dozen WHITE GUYS with GUNS WOULD “STAND THEIR GROUND” and shoot him dead than call the Sheriff. Than go on shopping.

  28. Then who will regulate it? Sometimes reading your constitution is fundamental in understanding it

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 15/ 16: Militia Clause

    Clause 15. The Congress shall have Power *** To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.

    Clause 16. The Congress shall have Power *** To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.

  29. All rights apply to individuals. Those rights derive from God as stated in our Bill of Rights which exists to protect those rights for every individual. A person cannot be denied their rights without due process of law.
    Therefore, one segment of “the public” cannot deprive another segment of “the public” of their Second Amendment rights simply because they are not comfortable exercising that right themselves.

  30. What Bill of rights or the Constitution are you looking at? There is no derive from God in the text.
    And if I am not clear just go to the First amendment. You can count to one can you?

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  31. Why are conservative white men(mostly) so afraid of the broader public they feel the need to open carry? America is becoming so gun loony that foreigners are considering not visiting or vacationing here. I am a white guy and have no criminal record so I could have a personal arsenal if I wanted. I simply don’t want to live in fear of my fellow Americans to the point of carrying a gun. I have two fist and that is all I need.

  32. Women in Texas have time to do that at their local Target WITH their kids in tow. I feel sorry for their kids.

  33. Our biggest problem concerning guns? The Constitution has not been amended from the days of carrying muskets! I think I could outrun an idiot who had to reload one of those!

  34. To answer your question of “Who would Regulate” The State regulates and makes laws regarding their militias. Congress has the right to call up militias in the event they are needed (there are 3 I am sure you can find those reasons). I would challenge you to study WHO commits the gun crimes. I live in Texas, Black and carry concealed most of the time. I am aware most gun laws were put into effect to keep Black men from defending themselves. I am also aware the number of people that defend themselves with handguns, go unreported by blogs and the media. Its a choice and if someone choses not to carry, I respect that decision. But as for me I will conceal carry and support businesses that allow me to do so.

  35. Again you have not read the Constitution. I don’t give a rats ass on who commits crimes. The Constitution is very clear:Clause 16. The Congress shall have Power *** To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.

    Damn, did you take Civics when you were homeschooled?

  36. Kevin foreign tourists are staying away because the US has become too expensive not because there are a handful of people openly carrying guns. I don’t open carry but I do carry because I’m more of a realist than a lot of Liberals. I get up in the morning not expecting to deal with anything except honest rational people who mean nobody any harm. In general I have been right for years. The main difference between me and (a lot of) Liberals is that I realize that I might someday be wrong. If I am then I’ve taken what precautions are available to me. Just like home, life and health insurance I would prefer to never need them or it.

  37. Yawn

    Was in Australia some time back. Sidney to be exact. All people wanted to ask me about is why people have to carry guns. They would not even consider coming here

    I told them its a penis problem. And, like you problem you have, arrogance

  38. So fatso and skinny youngster have the right to carry a phallic compensator. Well guess what, the rest of us have the right to refuse to be in the same establishment with these dicks.

    If your company wants to allow open carry you will pay the price of lost business. Can 2-3 “patriots” each buying one pack of Oreos make up for 100 lost shoppers? They are doing their “cause” more harm then any weapons confiscation program ever could.

    The reason I put cause in quotation marks is because until this activist court changed the law the Second Amendment never had anything to do with the individual right to own or carry a weapon. The Second Amendment protects the right to belong to a state controlled militia. I thought the court conservatives believe in original intention. We know well what the writers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights meant by the Second Amendment. You do not have to guess what they meant. They made their intentions clear in writing. Original Intention my ass.

  39. djchefron, Do you not realize that the Constitution only contains 2 pertinent passages when being referenced by Gunuttz? The 2nd and the 10th amendments and even then all they see is “I can haz lots ‘n lots o’ guns!”

  40. It is rare, but some fools still amaze me with their self imposed ignorance and willingness to expose it to the world. Constitutions ALLOW us to exercise our rights? Really??
    What does a group of organizations that has a name of “Taxed Enough Already” have to do with the 2nd Amendment? According to this article, one would think only white, conservatives own and carry guns. Most of my liberal, black friends will find this hilarious, especially when we go to the range and practice defense drills.

    The penis comments. Risible. That is the best you have? 10 year old insults from the playground? Sounds more like penis envy. Are you wearing your strap-on?

  41. I don’t see it in the 10th. While it says Any power not listed, is left to the states or the people. Although the Tenth Amendment does not specify what these “powers” may be.

    Which bring us back to the 2nd. A well regulated militia the people right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Now well regulated militia is spelled out in Article 1 clause 15 and 16. The key word in there is CONGRESS not the states. The only power the states have is to appoint officers.

    Since Congress in its powers has the right to interstate commerce and guns are sold across state lines, then its Congress duty to regulate that trade. If they had any balls they could pass laws to limit one from amassing arms like a drug cartel. But no where in the Constitution does it say you can own any and all weapons you desire. The floor is theirs to prove what the Constitution says is wrong

  42. A Few Notes on Our Continuing Gun Derangement A week or so ago, the Rude Pundit was contacted by a self-identified gun owner and a supporter of Open Carry Texas. He called himself ex-military and retired law enforcement and, indeed, the Rude Pundit believed him. His tone was respectful and questioning,and the Rude Pundit answered him in the same way. In fact, through a few exchanges, they approached something of a dialogue. What prompted the initial email from, oh, hell, let’s call him “Jasper,” was the Rude Pundit’s assertion that the open display of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns in places where one might not normally see such things (like restaurants or downtown) is merely the desire of the gun owner to show his penis off. Jasper disagreed. His guns were not penis substitutes. They were guns. – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/?tw_p=twt#sthash.VO0TPaeR.dpuf

  43. You are all over the board here. For those that actually KNOW what we are talking about, your arguments seem weak. You mention the right wings insincere embrace of gun owners but you speak of Jim Crow laws that actually took guns away from Blacks. You support those SAME Jim Crow Laws?? You mentioned you don’t care about my statistics, if you don’t care who is doing the shooting, why do you care if I open carry? That is the part that you nor any other antigunner care to discuss. You, nor they really want to solve the issue of gun crime, you only want to be “comfortable” Problem is you are pretty good at name calling but present weak or incorrect information that mislead those to lazy to do their own research.

  44. Why do we care if you open carry? Because you are mentally not balanced. If you have to open carry thats pretty obvious now isnt it?

  45. When did I call you a name? All I ask was did you take civics being homeschooled. Now back to my original question have you read the Constitution? If you had, which I doubt show me where it does not say that Congress meaning Federal if I am going to fast for you, is the law when it comes to militias?

    But I keep it simple for you since you are a 2nd amendment absolutist, Please read the first part of it.

  46. There is really NO debate. The Supreme Court has ruled on more than one occasion in favor of an individuals right to own and carry a gun. District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court protected an individuals right to possess and carry firearms.

    With that said, why is it that there are no new laws in Chicago that stops the dozen or so shootings each weekend?? Instead, the Mayor makes the news by wanting to videotape each gun transaction in gun store. Yea that will stop those gang shootings!

  47. Actually they only ruled on that one case saying the ban of handguns for home self defense was unconstitutional. But the Court did not cite a specific standard in making its determination like everything else the 5 conservative justices have made a ruling on. So in effect instead of upholding the Constitution as it was written they decided to make new law. Funny how that works.

  48. No one is saying you cannot own a gun.

    Have a gun if it makes you feel better; have one to hunt with if that makes you happy.

    But there is NO reason for people to carry guns around with them everywhere they go; there is no reason for people to walk the streets with assault rifles strapped across their backs; and there is no reason for citizens to own high capacity magazine clips.

    Recite the 2nd Amendment all you want, but you will not find reason or justification there – not for this unfettered access to all manner of weapons as if we’re some backwoods civilization with no government, no laws, no communities.

    It just isn’t there.

  49. the repubs primarily are the gun nuts. It includes the sovereign citizens movement and racism, eg Clive Bundy, and in TN – it was last year or the year before the rednecks killed 32 police officers by speeding down a country road,, they’d get stopped and kill the officer

    These people are insane, but its all about turning america into a mess like Iraq and at its roots, its a combination of history and yes hatred of our first black president

    The second amendment is about the days when there were no organized police forces

    But its a self fullfilling profecty of more and more nuts doing multiple killings

    I think I’ve mentioned before that the IN legislature and gov passed a bill that if you think a policeperson is doing something illegal you can use deadly force. A nut job neo nazi and his from IN went to Nev, killed a couple police officers, then into a walmart, killed another they they both committed suicide, I presume to make themselves martyrs

    It feeds the reps …

  50. the right to kill people derives from God

    Hell of a lousy god you have. Bet your one of those right wing xtians that are also racist.

  51. Actually, the federal government can take away your rights, it’s called an amending your rights. If for example the ACA was deemed unconstitutional by the SCOTUS, and they say the ACA needs to be amended yet the Congress says no, guess who wins?

    Congress

    The Congress can create laws that the SCOTUS cannot overturn. As for your gun rights, there is no such thing as a God-given-right, as there is no God. The rights are given to the people who make the law. The Congress can then say, we will put stronger gun control laws on the book…not remove the Second Amendment…but can ad an addendum and your rights may be limited…not taken away, limited.

  52. Why don’t all the gun freaks take their toys and build a tree fort in the woods away from everyone else so they don’t stink up the civilized areas.

  53. Hey Tim when I first read that I had to see for myself and the southern delegation led by George Mason pushed for this amendment because they knew the Feds would not put down slave rebellions. But its not taught and like all US history the whitewashing is strong. For those who are interested if you haven’t read it I suggest you do especially our white brothers and sisters

    The Case for Reparations

    Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

    By Ta-Nehisi Coates
    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

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