In recent years, there have been several mass shootings in the United States, and these shootings have taken place in every public place imaginable. Movie theater, churches, nightclub, schools, concert venue, you name the location and I'm pretty sure it has happened there. And this is not including the bombings and various methods of vehicular homicide that has taken place over the years. But when you hear about mass killings in the news, they are executed by majority white males by use of assault weapons of some sort. You would think that the NRA would be concerned about reforming gun laws and tighten the ease of purchasing assault style weaponry, which includes thorough background checks; if this means anything.
So why is it that whenever there is a crime committed by whites, the issue of gun control is silenced, accusations of domestic terrorism is muted, and mental illness is claimed; but when any non-white person executes a mass killing, it is deemed as "an act of terror" and these individuals should face harsh punishment=?
So exactly what are they looking for when you go to apply for a gun permit? Looking at recent killings committed by mass shooters, there always seems to be some sort of mental illness tied to the response given by government officials. One would think that after all of these frequent mass murders over the last several years that psychological test would be given to show whether or not a person is mentally stable. The main issue with background checks is that a prior crime committed will not be visible on a background check if that individual has not been charged and convicted; therefore, a background check is not sufficient in preventing disturbed individuals from having access to a plethora of weapons.
But I honestly have to wonder what prevents non-whites from owning hand guns as opposed to whites? Or could it be the disinterest in the need for blacks to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights? After all, the 2nd Amendment was written to protect whites from blacks basically. If you think about how guns are used now, and the fact that triggers are pulled quickly when aimed at the black man, it all makes sense doesn't it? Blacks were never made to feel that they have the right to adequate protection for their families. They made us feel as though we should use guns to protect ourselves from one another. They'd rather see us use a gun to shield ourselves from our neighbors, as opposed to turning a gun on them. They try to use these types of tactics to control us and prevent us from using our mental intelligence to aid in protecting our own families.
I grew up with uncles and cousins spending our summers in rural Alabama at our grandmother's childhood home. My family has a lot of land there and they would spend hours walking miles hunting. They would bring back deer and fish, and my grandmother and aunts would prepare everything. Never have they used their guns in an effort to harm another individual. Not all blacks carry to murder.
Philando Castile, killed in July 2016 by Jeronimo Yanez in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota had a license to carry. However, they managed to dig up every irrelevant detail about his past, regardless of the fact that his background cleared well enough to allow him a gun permit in the first place. Yanez was freed of all charges as marijuana became the focus of Castile's murder, despite his killing going live on Facebook and his ability to cooperate with law enforcement officials.
Devin Patrick Kelley received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, and knowingly has a history of domestic abuse against his estranged wife and daughter. He was able to receive a permit to carry despite his questionable past, with the USAF claiming that they failed to relay this information in order to prevent him from obtaining a firearm. He took the lives of 26 members of a small baptist church in Southerland Springs, Texas on Nov. 5, 2017 during a Sunday morning service. This is almost similar to Dylan Roof who claimed the lives of 9 black parishioners of an AME church in Charleston, SC in June 2015. Not to mention Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza, who took the lives of 28 staff members and students in December 2012. All claiming mental health illness as the issue. They find reasoning as to why these mass shootings are being committed when they are giving them the right to carry in the first place.
Black people carry a gun and shoot up the south side of Chicago for an entire summer; they call that black-on-black crimes and send in the National Guard to sweep the streets. They nickname Chicago "Chiraq" in an attempt to put emphasis on how dangerous the city has become, yet no excuses are given for us. We are simply expected to be thrown into the wilderness with no way of survival other than to fight our own. But you let them tell it, we still don't have a legitimate excuse and no good reason to feel the need to protect ourselves. In case you haven't noticed, they aren't just handing over gun permits to black people in the same manner they do whites. I'm just calling it like I see it on this one. Listening closely to discussions taking place on the need to crack down on gun laws, I can clearly see the divisiveness when it comes to gun laws between blacks and whites. The bias is becoming extremely blatant and evident than ever before. They don't want us having any power of any sort. That's why we have to start using our mental wisdom so that we're not kept trapped in their thinking and under their ruling; which is what they fear most.
It's time for black people to wake up and see the big picture. We have to start using our knowledge as weapons of mass destruction and start doing bigger things in larger numbers. we have to let our voices be heard and our faces shown. There are dozens of grassroots movements taking off to be the voice of black activism and stand up for our individual rights in this country. For example, Tiffany ware of the Brown Girls Project (BGP), an initiative that aims to encourage and inspire black women and teaches them to responsibly own and use firearms.
We need more black activists to speak up for the gun rights of blacks owners and continue to put pressure on the NRA to tighten up and place stricter regulations on gun laws that equally favor everyone in this country. My wish may seem far-fetched, but we all deserve the equal right to protect ourselves and our families, just like white citizens of America. The NRA shuts down the discussion of stricter laws at the expense of "mentally ill" white mass shooters, but as soon as a black man uses his weapon in defense, it's time to do something about it.
Fair game?? I think not!