Blacks Should Embrace NRA Gun Proposal|
December 31, 2012
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What is the essence of freedom? Property and a gun.
I never met my grandfather, but that's the lesson I took from his life. He was
one generation out of slavery and bought property and guns.
It's so predictable that today's discussion on gun control is similar to the
noise we hear from liberals every time there is a mass shooting. What is new
this time is that the NRA, under the direction of Wayne LaPierre, David Keene
and Asa Hutchinson, has put forth a concrete plan that most American parents
should appreciate will keep children safer at school.
Why is it that liberals find it sensible to expand the reach of government each
time a crisis arises, yet solutions that protect our freedoms and our ability to
control our own lives they invariably find irrational?
Consider even the question of cost, which has been one point of contention
regarding the NRA’s proposal to provide armed security for our schools. Does
anyone believe there are not significant enforcement costs in expanding our gun
The first parents that I believe should rally behind the NRA’s proposal are
those who have been forced for generations to send their children to dangerous
urban schools with no recourse or protection - low income, minority parents.
I have argued for 25 years that poor parents should get vouchers so they can
move their kids out of schools where they don’t learn and are not safe. But who
would have thought that the tragic loss of innocent babes in Connecticut would
open the door to force liberals and unions to finally address school safety?
Why are Gun-control advocates never challenged to answer on behalf of the most
vulnerable how you take the gun from the underground, the criminal, a racist cop
or tyrannical government?
Blacks of all people should know that taking arms from the law-abiding many puts
too much power in the hands of a perhaps ill-intending few.
In polling done by the Pew Research Center in 2009, only 38 percent of blacks,
compared to 69 percent of whites, expressed a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of
“confidence in local police to treat blacks and whites equally.”
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in McDonald v. Chicago, that the 2nd
Amendment, which articulates the “right to bear arms,” applies to the states.
This overturned an appeals court decision, which upheld a local ordinance in
Chicago prohibiting handgun ownership.
The man who filed the lawsuit, Otis McDonald, was a black man who wanted to
protect himself in the deteriorating neighborhood where he lived where he felt
unsafe because of gangs and drugs.
G. Marcus Cole, a black man from Pittsburgh, now a professor at Stanford Law
School, and a member of the national advisory board of my organization CURE,
blogged about the case, and his childhood memories of his father buying a gun to
protect his family.
“…burned into my memory is the Sunday evening when my father was beaten with a
tire iron on the street in front of our home, and in front of us, his four
little children. Those three young white men were never caught.”
“When my father, with his surgically reconstructed eye socket and jaw, was
released from the hospital and returned home, he did something he never once
considered when we lived in the projects. He bought a gun….My sense of security
did not come from the Pittsburgh police, or from the law. My sense of security
came from my father, and his gun.”
Cole quotes Frederick Douglass, “the self educated runaway slave, turned
abolitionist newspaper editor and orator,” who said citizenship requires three
boxes: “the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
Blacks should put politics aside and heed the wisdom of Douglass, Marcus Cole’s
father, and my grandfather and fight to protect freedom for which we have
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal
and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based
public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle
Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do