To hell with your gun control laws

To hell with your gun control laws

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett. This case has the potential of further empowering the Second Amendment for its original intent and gutting any states attempt at gun control.

“Henry feared that without checks upon it [Article 1, Section 8], Congress could undermine the ability of militias in Virginia and elsewhere in the South to suppress slave uprisings and pursue runaway slaves.”

2019, Nicolaus Mills, “How Slave Owners Dictated the Language of the 2nd Amendment” Daily Beast

The police are not the only tools that enforce racism and anti-blackness. The police is one of several institutions that contain authorities that maintain white power.

Most institutional authority functionaries act cruelly towards Black people. This assertion isn’t solely from personal experience. It is documented from health care to even preschool.

For instance, in areas where it is legal to beat children in school, Black children are up to 500 percent more likely to be beaten than white children. Black children are likely to be beaten than any race of children.

Areas where there are more Black children are more likely to legally allow beating children.

Teachers in 42 states signed up for gun use in school training.

You can take the police out the school, as you should, but you have teachers signing up for shooting lessons. You can sign up for them through TASER  TASER’s mission, “empower those who educate our children.”

2019, Madeline will,” Teachers in 42 States to Get Training on How to Shoot Guns” Edweek

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett has the capacity to strengthen the power of the gun via the Second Amendment or allow states to continue to make individual gun control measures.

At its core and spirit, the Second Amendment’s purpose is murdering and controlling Black people.

Nowhere in the world can citizenry have unfettered access to a legal gun and then legally have the right to kill people. Nowhere in the world does that exist.

It is unique to here, so individual white citizens can murder and control Black people.

James Madison even rewrote the Second Amendment into its current form during the 1788 Virginia Ratifying Convention in response to that state’s largest slaveholder, Patrick Henry, demanding that Virginia’s slave patrols be explicitly protected.

2019, Thom Hartman, “Latest massacre shows the Second Amendment model of “slave patrols” is still in effect” Salon

Of course, they kill people who aren’t Black with it, but none of this barbarity would be possible without the dog whistle of anti-blackness.

You think I’m exaggerating. OK.

The number of homicides of Black people deemed justifiable more than doubled in Stand Your Ground states between 2005 and 2011, while remaining unchanged in the rest of the country.

Controlled for population. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, National Urban League, and VoteVets, “Shoot First: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws and Their Effect on Violent Crime and the Criminal Justice System,” (September 2013)

A white hegemony ruling on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett would strip the right of the state to deny a member of the public their god-given right to carry permit. It will allow virtually anyone who wants —to carry a gun in public. Your gun control laws be damned, at least for white men.

A gun makes any white man with a gun a de facto authority of the state. He can act like the police, and he will legally be able to kill you, if you’re Black. It makes anyone with a messianic-grade superiority complex across race and gender lines even scarier.

A terrifying prospect, well, if you are Black, not white, or married to a guy with a gun.

Defund the police, take away their guns, possibly create some nonlethal weaponry on drones, then the Second Amendment empowers John Waynes’ gunthat seems to still be bad.

Without some real advocacy on dismantling the Second Amendment and the disempowering of individuals from the ability to carry out covert Lost Cause de facto anti-blackness, we continue to leave the door open for a literal bloody mess.


Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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