“I have a dream that one day … schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn,” Thaddeus Russell writes in a compelling review on Reason.com of “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible,” by Charles E. Cobb Jr.
“Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned … a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote,” Russell recounts. “After one confrontation … a pistol-packing Chinn forced the notoriously racist and brutal local sheriff to stand down inside the county courthouse during a hearing for a civil rights worker…”
So would the monopoly of violence cultists deem Chinn and other armed civil rights activists, like the Deacons for Defense and Justice domestic terrorists? Anti-government extremists? Haters? Sexually inadequate and obviously compensating for their shortcomings?
Such accusations, routinely leveled at white gun owners, have been pretty much absent from that “national conversation on guns” the antis say they want to have. In their place are “progressives” hurling racist ridicule at gun rights advocates of color, but those attacks have mostly been for daring to depart from the official party loyalty line demanded by collectivist plantation overseers.
Not that some don’t think racism is humorous, adding unintended meaning to “Funny or Die.” A “comedic” effort, featuring the emotionally-challenged Sarah Silverman, who probably should avoid guns herself, received an appropriate ZoNATION response that skewered the “liberal” presumption that black people should not own guns (see embedded video, above).
Remembering the maxim that for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day, it’s instructive to note those who portray themselves as champions of tolerance and social justice employ intolerance and injustice as a matter of course. The strong individual who dares declare his independence is condemned as a race traitor, and a mere lackey to white special interests.
That black gun rights activists are treated differently than white ones over the same advocacy issue is racist, pure and simple. But then again, what do I know, being what an official representative of a national gun ban group dismissed as “a white gun nut”?
By their roots you shall know them. And their motives haven’t changed.
For more relevant and insightful commentary on Cobb’s book juxtaposed against the ranting of hypocritical citizen disarmament cultists, take a few moments to read (and share) “New book will confound purveyors of ‘gun rights advocacy is racist’ myth” by St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hofmann.
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