Colossians 3: 10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
It’s no secret by now that U.S.firearms sales have exploded in the last year. As of this writing approximately nine million Americans have become lawful first time gun owners between first quarter 2020 and first quarter 2021. ( SEE HERE FOR INSTANCE )
The general reasons for this fascinating trend is not the purpose of this short piece. What I’d like to consider are some of the implications of the fact that the greatest rise in first time lawful gun ownership during this period has been among black Americans. ( SEE HERE FOR INSTANCE )
I live a few blocks from the Detroit city line and can personally confirm that every time I’m in one of the local gun shops or the range, black folks, including many black women, are well represented.
The reported reasons for this rising interest in personal firearm ownership run the gamut from diminished police presence, violent unrest in the nation’s cities, fear of white supremacists and fear of the police themselves, among others. However, exploring these reasons is not the focus of this article either.
What I would like to focus on is the political conundrum that lawful black American gun owners are even now finding themselves in.
It is well known that in recent decades the Democrats have been able to rely on ninety plus percent of the black vote. The obvious difficulty that this puts newly gun owning black Americans in, is that they are finding themselves torn between the self empowering experience of gun ownership and loyalty to the major political party that is hell bent on disarming America. Including them.
Many major figures in black American history were strong supporters of the second amendment and themselves personal gun owners. This would include union soldiers, some of them officers, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, among others. This is significant whatever one may think of these individuals.
In the last 40 years however, black Americans have largely bought into the lies of the left that demonize guns and gun owners. I would further argue that the onslaught of the nanny state since the 1970s has been highly successful.This has been a concentrated effort to use America’s past history of slavery and oppression to convince black Americans that white America owes them and that they, the nanny statists were just the folks to see to it. A ready made voting block if they can be brought onboard.
This is of necessity an abbreviated treatment, but once you’ve convinced a demographic to let you take care of them, using resources that you’ve convinced them are owed to them anyway, the psychological effect is for them to trust you and look to you for security and sustenance. Almost a parent/child relationship.
Therefore when the nanny state pounds into it’s children that they don’t need their own personal means of armed self defense, because they, the nanny statists will take care of everything, their figurative children eventually believe them. Particularly when the nanny statists come bearing gifts legally extorted from their alleged oppressors. In essence the legalized buying of votes.
Thankfully, at least to some significant degree, their appears to be some cracking in this now long and firmly laid foundation. That change is brought into focus by the decision of legions of first time black gun owners taking responsibility for their own security by the keeping and bearing of lawfully obtained arms. Even if it’s sometimes for the wrong reasons for now, the fact of this significant break from the apron strings of the leftist nanny state should be viewed as a good thing.
What remains to be seen is how this plays out as these new black gun owners are increasingly faced with the reality that their favorite political party would very much prefer that they not empower themselves for their own self defense.
A true test of priorities. It is nigh impossible to be both woke and a meaningful proponent of the right to keep and bear arms at the same time.
Interesting times ahead.
Contributed by Greg Smith