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  •  I got a kick (3+ / 0-)
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    filby, chickeee, Silvia Nightshade

    I got a kick out of seeing the lines for all the gun shows held this past weekend - long lines filled with white people.  I had to wonder if the politics of all this would have been different if it had been about arming African Americans in the name of fighting off the "government".  

    "If someone from the government comes into my house without knocking, I'll shoot them all dead,"; somehow sounds different depending on the skin color of who says it.  White America is not ready to agree with the shooting of police, even if they do sometimes over-step their boundaries.

    Am I off-base on this?
     

    •  There's a certain subset among a subset (2+ / 0-)
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      among a subset of gun owners in the US who seem to believe that if you're a white man and don't own a gun, there's something wrong with you, but if you're a black man and own a gun, there's something wrong with you. I've never heard it put quite this way, but the attitude seems implied. I'm talking about the militia types who like in the southern and Idaho backwoods.

      It's not unlike the mentality that if you're a rich white Christian man, you're a self-made success, e.g. Romney, but if you're a rich Jew, you're a greedy Jew, e.g. Soros. I'm Jewish, and my dad, a former businessman, had customers tell him things like "Hey, don't Jew me", i.e. don't chisel me.

      I think that race is at the heart of much (but not all) of the more extreme gun types we're seeing out there, especially since it's been established that the 2nd amendment was intended to protect slaveowners.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 03:14:06 PM PST

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      •  Well-put. (1+ / 0-)
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        stunvegas

        Additionally, I would simply say that if it were long lines of African Americans at these gun shows buying up all these semi-auto weapons, White America, Fox News, and the NRA would have a much much different view of it.

        •  Goes without saying (0+ / 0-)

          I don't believe that they're all or even most necessarily racist, but clearly there's a certain implied "For Whites Only" aspect to SOME gun supporters' view of gun rights, especially in light of the 2nd's true origins.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:23:39 PM PST

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