Black men with guns

Posted: June 7, 2008 in Commentary

Kenneth V.F. Blanchard of blackmanwithagun.com writes:

“When an African American man goes into a shoe store, a police station or a church to turn in his gun for $100 or gifts and clothing, he sells himself short as a man and as an intelligent human being. On a psychological level, he trades in his manhood; his ability to protect himself and his loved ones,

for little or nothing. On a dollar and cents level, guns are becoming a valuable commodity due to the laws that place restrictions on the public’s access to them. The gun traded in for $100, is probably worth at least $400.”

[…]

“African Americans have a 40 percent greater chance of being a victim of a violent crime than any other person in America, yet African Americans own fewer guns than anyone else.

There is ample evidence that local and federal governments have actively sought to keep African Americans from obtaining firearms. The infamous “Brady Bill” that has recently become law has

pacified many people as a first step toward crime control.

The bill provides a waiting period to purchase a gun, but; as all police officers know, career criminals always know where they can purchase a gun when they want it. The bill will have its greatest impact in a more subtle way, affecting you directly when you decide to bring a firearm into your home. In addition, the bill will ultimately generate new taxes that will increase the price of firearms. The higher prices will discourage many African Americans from purchasing guns. Laws like these have occurred almost every thirty years since the 1600’s.”

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“…the Nation’s Capital serves as an excellent example of maintained inequality of gun ownership

even with the fact of anti-gun laws. Private handgun ownership in Washington, DC has been outlawed since 1976. On Capitol Hill, three police agencies overlap jurisdictional boundaries in their duties to protect politicians from the native population. Yet, privy Congressional officials seek to be deputized as US Marshals so they can legally carry handguns in spite of the city’s laws against it.” (source–pdf)

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  1. Wizz says:

    The bill provides a waiting period to purchase a gun, but; as all police officers know, career criminals always know where they can purchase a gun when they want it.

    Isn’t this the point?… This is why we need control laws. Not a reason to get rid of them. Why can they purchase guns when they want them? They don’t just appear from nowhere. They don’t grow them on gun trees. They come from the same factories that the legitimate guns come from… The only difference is some uncaring, money hungry a**hole decided to buy a whole bunch of them, sell them to some middle man, who ends up selling them to idiots who like to shoot themselves up. It’s not rocket science. Everyone knows how the guns are getting on the streets.. Only some don’t give a damn… Going through a background check and waiting a few days to get a gun is not going to inconvenience anyone that much… If you are in that much of imminent danger then you should be in constant contact with the police. If you need a gun in your hand to make you feel like a man then something is wrong with you.

  2. Wizz says:

    … career criminals always know where they can purchase a gun when they want it.

    Isn’t this the point?… This is why we need control laws. Not a reason to get rid of them. Why can they purchase guns when they want them? They don’t just appear from nowhere. They don’t grow them on gun trees. They come from the same factories that the legitimate guns come from… The only difference is some uncaring, money hungry a**hole decided to buy a whole bunch of them, sell them to some middle man, who ends up selling them to idiots who like to shoot themselves up. It’s not rocket science. Everyone knows how the guns are getting on the streets.. Only some don’t give a damn… Going through a background check and waiting a few days to get a gun is not going to inconvenience anyone that much… If you are in that much of imminent danger then you should be in constant contact with the police. If you need a gun in your hand to make you feel like a man then something is wrong with you.

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  3. Wizz says:

    Why can they purchase guns when they want them? They don’t just appear from nowhere. They don’t grow them on gun trees. They come from the same factories that the legitimate guns come from… The only difference is some uncaring, money hungry a**hole decided to buy a whole bunch of them, sell them to some middle man, who ends up selling them to idiots who like to shoot themselves up. It’s not rocket science. Everyone knows how the guns are getting on the streets.. Only some don’t give a damn… Going through a background check and waiting a few days to get a gun is not going to inconvenience anyone that much… If you are in that much of imminent danger then you should be in constant contact with the police. If you need a gun in your hand to make you feel like a man then something is wrong with you.

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  4. Wizz says:

    Why can they purchase guns when they want them? They don’t just appear from nowhere. They don’t grow them on gun trees. They come from the same factories that the legitimate guns come from… Answer that question and thats the answer to why we need gun contol laws.

  5. Duane says:

    Then be prepared to also implement government control of knives, cars, tools, matches, razors, etc. as they also are used to kill people.

    Your argument suggest that despite the fact that millions of Americans have a long history of being responsible with their guns, the actions of a few knuckleheads justifies the government squashing my right to bear arms. Again, apply your logic to things like knives, cars, etc.

  6. Wizz says:

    Cars already have some government control… And it is ridiculous to compare knives and razors, which require you to actually be within reaching distance of a person with Uzis, AK47s, and other highly deadly weapons that are in no way used for hunting or self-defense purposes.

    Also no one is trying to take away your right to bear arms. Requiring a person to go through a back ground check and waiting a few days will not prevent you from obtaining a gun if you so choose. If you want an AK-47 on the other hand then join the military.

  7. Duane says:

    Cars already have some government control

    10-day cooling off periods? Limit to the type of car you can get? I think not.

    And it is ridiculous to compare knives and razors,which require you to actually be within reaching distance of a person…

    Ever heard of someone being shot at ‘point-blank’ range? If most homicides take place between people who know each other, what difference does range make?

    Also no one is trying to take away your right to bear arms.

    No, just over-regulate the market enough until it makes it impractical to buy one if you are a law-abiding citizen. On the other hand, do you really believe the REAL criminals are affected by regulation?

    If you want an AK-47 on the other hand then join the military.

    If you can’t handle it, don’t project your fears on the number of folks that can.

    Background checks are a good thing, but some of the additional steps many jurisdictions are taking are just plain ridiculous and proven ineffective towards crime.

  8. Wizz says:

    Not just anyone can buy a car. Must be licensed, insured, etc., Can’t drink and drive, etc.. Also there are countless regulations on cars… I can’t drive a race car on the streets.. Speed regulations… air quality regulation… So yea.. There are limits.

    What difference does range make?? LOL.. A lot. I can fight you over a knife or a razor.. I am a hell of a lot less likely to die. That’s a big difference to me. Also a gun is designed to kill. That’s the whole point of gun.. A knife or razor is not. Hell I could kill you with a toothbrush too. Why don’t you just list everything in the grocery store.. The difference is that they are not designed to kill… Guns easily kill with little to no effort. And are mostly used by cowards.

    On the other hand, do you really believe the REAL criminals are affected by regulation?

    Absolutely!!! The heartless, gutless, money hungry individuals who buy truck loads of guns and sell them to shady middle men who they know will end up putting them in the street to sell to idiots who like to kill themselves and innocent bystanders.

  9. Duane says:

    Again, if you are afraid of guns, don’t project that fear on the majority who are not and have the sense enough to handle them correctly. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with your toothbrush.

    If you really believe that gun control really works, I suggest you look at cities like D.C.—but again, that is if you really want to know.

    Guns maybe designed to kill, but they are not designed to commit crime. My guess is that if I were to take you to the local firing range, your view would probably change.

  10. Wizz says:

    A gun is for targets like a razor is for killing people. Yea you can do that but that ain’t what it is made for. That’s why the targets are shaped like people.

    I am not afraid of holding or shooting a gun. Why would I be? I am however afraid of being shot by one. And I live in a neighborhood where they are all over the place, in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. I’ve seen cowards having shootouts up close. I still have a bullet hole in the side of my house. Something is wrong with anybody that needs a gun in their hand to feel like a man.

  11. Larry 55x says:

    Just like selling a car, I dont think its so controling to try and insure guns are not getting into the hands of criminals and underage. Using a title for the weapon will insure that only qualified will be able to obtain a weapon. This tracking method could also enforce the illegal transfer by charging the seller (unlawful) if his tranfer of the weapon was not correctly done. The same standards are applied to cars to insure cars not being transferred to kids and unliscened drivers. I know this is cumbersome but my race needs some special coddling because of the out of norms in the faulty use of guns. Please African Americans stop defending and excusing our negative behaviors.

  12. Larry 55x says:

    Also.. I know some African-American will attack spelling… Typed in a hurry with personel emotions attached. After living in two Americas pre-post civil rights I am embarrashed to have to turn on the morning news and see my people faulty/illegal use of guns the previous night. Too bad we can not require only A-A to buy weapons with super-restrictions. This will benefit the Black race because each night in America the death toll of Black-on-Black homicide is more that the death count in Iraq. Also Viet-Nam I was there. So “self-genocide” is a term that we know but dont say.

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