All Of A Sudden There’s A New Group Protecting America With Their AR-15’s.

Yesterday Gun-nut Nation finally saw its most fervent hopes and dreams realized when a small group of African-American gun guys showed up at the State Capitol in East Lansing, MI toting their AR-15’s to ‘protect’ a legislator who spoke out against the previous week’s demonstration by White gun nuts to protest the lockdown and social distancing rules imposed in their state.

What could be more perfect to advance the agenda of the alt-right than a bunch of Black guys walking around with guns? The last time this happened was back in 1967, when the Black Panthers showed up at the State House in California protesting the repeal of the state’s open-carry law, which was signed by then-Governor Ronnie Reagan, remember him?

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The NRA took a very low-keyed position to the appearance of the Panthers, just as the ‘responsible’ alt-right led by big-mouth Sean Hannity cautioned the gun nuts who brought their guns into the State Senate chamber to ‘leave your guns at home.’ But let’s not sell America’s super-patriots short. Gun-nut Nation has been hoping and preying for years that they could finally promote themselves as America’s first line of defense against anyone and everyone who might threaten us in our homes or on our streets. What greater threat could there be than a bunch of Black guys coming around with their AR’s?

If anyone reading this column actually believes that the pro-gun, alt-right movement doesn’t have a significant racial (i.e., racist) component behind its appeal, you haven’t been following the news. Remember a guy named Cliven ‘let me tell you about your Negro’ Bundy? Remember how all those White schmucks who had nothing better to do showed up at his ranch to make a ‘hard stand’ against the federal government’s attempt to make him pay grazing fees for using public lands? Remember how that fearless journalist Sean Hannity backed off from lionizing Bundy as soon as the idiot-rancher shot off his mouth?

So here we go again. If you’re a White man walking around with an AR, you’re protecting the infringement of Constitutional ‘rights’ by you-know-who, the you-know-who’s being tree-huggers, liberals, members of the Democrat Party, baby-killers, vaccinators and worst of all, anyone and everyone who doesn’t support Donald Trump. If, on the other hand,  you’re a Black dude who shows up with your AR which you’re going to stick in the face of those God-fearing, freedom-loving White guys, what does the alt-right have to say about them?

The bottom line is that the whole issue of gun ownership has never really been about gun ‘rights.’ The NRA can talk on and on about how it’s the ‘oldest civil rights’ organization in the United States, but that’s nothing but pure, unadulterated crap. When most people use the term ‘civil rights’ they’re talking about racial equality, gender equality, sexual equality, they’re not talking about walking around with a gun.

The term ‘2nd-Amendment rights’ has always been a code-word for promoting a political stance that really has little, if anything, to do with guns. It has to do with a cultural war which heats up when the GOP makes a turn to the more conservative side of its constituency, and then cools down when the same group of politicians and media noisemakers decide that they have to move the needle back towards the center-right. If a more moderate Republican were sitting in the Oval Office right now, nobody would be paying attention to these alt-right putzes at all.

By the same token, I don’t notice my friends in Gun-control Nation getting all hot and bothered when a Black firefighter and a few of his friends show up at the State Capitol in Michigan toting their guns. How come I haven’t received a ‘desperate’ appeal from Brady or Giffords telling me that if we don’t ban assault rifles, the world will come to an end?

And by the way, I always refer to my assault rifles as  ‘black guns’ because that’s how they’re finished and that’s how they’re made. Oh well, I guess I’m just not in tune with how things change.

4 thoughts on “All Of A Sudden There’s A New Group Protecting America With Their AR-15’s.

  1. If you don’t believe that “white privilege” is real, consider this. When white guys showed up with locked & loaded ARs, they were screaming at the cops and behaving like a pack of 10 year olds. The African Americans were quiet, well disciplined and wearing masks.

    I used to scoff at the term “white privilege”. No longer. It is quite real.

    • When my wife, a retired college professor/tree hugger/animal right activist/registered Democrat/choice champion, talks about white privilege, she is usually referring to one of two things. One, that white folks already have a rung up on the ladder when they exit the womb because this is still a racially biased nation. Two, that the upper crust snooty folks who live out in those McMansions in northwest Santa Fe county and who are overwhelmingly white liberals think they are genuinely better than anyone else, including working class white folks otherwise known as baskets of deplorables. OTOH, when she sees the equivalent of Duck Dynasty types walking around toting black rifles, she thinks not of white privilege but utter morons and looks at me as if to say “and you own guns too…?”

      Mike is right about the NRA and the FAUX News folks being rather understated when it comes to black folks having “Second Amendment rights”. If I recall correctly, no one on the right stood with the Panthers when Ronnie Rayguns signed the overwhelmingly bipartisan Mulford Act after the Panthers started patrolling their neighborhoods, armed, and made a visit to the state capitol while toting Second Amendment Symbology. And of course I don’t recall much being said by Wayne et al after Philando Castile, holding a lawful concealed carry permit, got blown into the Hereafter by an undertrained, trigger happy cop.

      But you are right in one sense. The 2A is seen as a “white privilege” in some but not all quarters. There are a few left leaning gun groups and a black pro gun group or four. But considering the demographics of gun ownership (Deep South, U.S. midwest and mountain states) that is no surprise.

      Speaking of deep south, has anyone come to the defense of those two latest armed Patriots to make the news, Greg and Travis McMichael?

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