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BLM manipulating gun law propaganda to get black support despite mass incarceration and racist history

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BLM pushes gun laws that may have led to deadly police shooting of black man

Twenty-five-year-old Jayland Walker, a black DoorDash delivery man from Akron, Ohio, was killed in a barrage of about 90 bullets as he tried to flee from a police officer who ordered him to pull over after spotting a broken taillight and license plate bulb on Walker’s car as he left a Subway sandwich shop.

Risking death over a broken light ticket?

Why would someone refuse a request from a police officer to stop their car, and instead risk their life by running from police, just to avoid a couple of tickets for driving with broken lights. The Walkers’ family lawyer explained,  “I think a fair inference can be drawn that my client was running away from the police because he was afraid.”

Afraid of what? 

Cars and guns

A handgun and a loaded magazine were found on the seat of Walker’s car. That may not sound like a problem being that Ohio is an open-carry state, allowing anyone who legally possesses a firearm to openly carry it in the state, even without a concealed handgun license.

Cars are different, though. If one doesn’t have a concealed handgun license, a gun inside a car must be unloaded. Even when unloaded, certain laws govern having it in a car:

An unloaded firearm may be transported in a vehicle only if it is (1) in a closed package, box, bag, or case; (2) in a compartment that can only be reached by leaving the vehicle; or (3) in plain sight and secured.

Walker’s gun was not secured and appears to have been loaded, as officers claimed he shot the gun from within the car as part of his attempt to escape.

Jail or run?

It has not been reported whether Walker had a concealed handgun license and some have speculated that the recent death of his fiancée may have affected his state of mind. One thing is clear though; if Walker did not have a license, then his gun could have sent him to jail for the first time in his life and a fear of prison could cause one to flee police. 

Not wanting to get caught with a gun, or to get identified as having been the driver with a gun in his car, may explain why he left his gun in the car and ran out with a ski mask covering his face.

BLM favors gun laws that put blacks in jail

Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors lists “Commonsense Gun Laws” as an issue the organization will “mobilize around,” as part of its nationwide initiative entitled, ‘What Matters 2020 - Issues That Impact Minority Communities.’ At the same time, BLM has not sought the pardon of blacks who are incarcerated for mere possession of an unregistered gun, without any aggravating act.

BLM aligns with Marxist support for gun laws

BLM’s support for gun control laws matches the close relationship of BLM and Marxism. In a 2015 interview, Cullors stated that she and her fellow BLM cofounder, Alicia Garza, (2 of the 3 cofounders) are trained Marxists:

We do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia, in particular, are trained organizers; we are trained Marxists. We are superversed on, sort of, ideological theories.

In fact-checking the claim that BLM was founded by Marxists, PolitiFact conceded:

the book publisher Penguin Random House has said Garza, an author, "describes herself as a queer social justice activist and Marxist."

It is thus no surprise that BLM chose the same wording for their support of anti-gun laws as a Communist Party Washington State Chair and Marxism expert Marc Brodine writes,

. . . the Communist Party USA . . . support[s] common sense restrictions on that [Second Amendment] right [to gun ownership]. [Emphasis added].

Gun laws are not the only thing BLM has in common with Marxists. The organization proudly declares, “We are anti-capitalist.”

BLM openly manipulating blacks

BLM not only adopted the “common sense gun laws” language of the Communists. It’s putting that language into action:

Groups aligned with Black Lives Matter have started taking part in weekly conference calls with Washington’s top gun control advocates. A group related to the Center for American Progress has been distributing new talking points to get away from language that they say alienates black communities. [Emphases added].

This puts BLM in the position of working to sway black people to support the very laws that jail a disproportionate number of young black men, and to do so by using their knowledge of the black community to manipulate the language used in pushing gun laws to sound less  “alienating” to blacks. 

Thus, rather than say that, “the government isn’t after their hunting rifles, a tactic that indirectly identifies urban minorities as the problem,” BLM officials say they’re just advocating Commonsense gun laws - and who’s against common sense?

But which gun laws are not common sense according to BLM? In fact, the phrase “common sense” used to qualify “gun control” is meaningless.  As Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) notes:

. . . there are over 20,000 gun control laws on the books of municipal, state and federal governments. . . . I doubt that gun control advocates would provide a list of candidates for gun control laws that defy common sense.

Not all blacks agree

The black community, like any other ethnic group, has, of course, a wide spectrum of thoughts. One person who disagrees with BLM on gun laws is Philip Smith, an “African-American Gun enthusiast and community organizer,” whose organization has this stated aim:

The goal of the National African American Gun Association is to have every African American introduced to firearm use for home protection, competitive shooting, and outdoor recreational activities. We are a pro 2nd amendment organization focused on the preservation of our community through armed protection and community building.

Racist history of gun control laws

National Review provides a brief, problematic history of gun laws in America which makes BLM support for them even more inexplicable:

Gun control in the U.S. has historically been rooted in racism of the blatant “no blacks allowed” variety. Fundamentally, it is difficult to subjugate a group if it’s armed. This is why restrictions on minority gun ownership pre-date not only the institution of slavery in the U.S. but the Founding itself. The modern gun-control movement has supported a more insidious method of using police discretion and biased background checks to suppress firearms-license issuance.

New York’s Sullivan Act is one of the best examples of gun-control laws that put minorities at a disadvantage, and it has been widely copied. Passed in 1911, the law addressed what was considered a growing problem of gun ownership among minorities, immigrants, labor organizers, and anyone seen as a threat.

The law accomplished this by allowing majority-white police departments broad leeway to determine licensing requirements. Police departments can add their own requirements; even if applicants deemed undesirable checked all the required boxes, the law’s “good moral character” clause could be used as a catchall to deny them …

The NAACP and other civil-rights groups have denounced these impediments as unfairly putting blacks and other minorities at a disadvantage. Organizations that support such discretionary licensing requirements, such as Brady United Against Gun Violence, seem to believe that the same police who allegedly beat, shoot, and asphyxiate people of color in the street would turn around and equitably issue them firearms permits. This makes no sense.

And what about background checks, the holy grail of the gun-control agenda? The public seems to have little idea of what goes into them. For example, the NYPD License Division’s background check includes marijuana offenses — and not just convictions, but mere arrests. The ACLU’s research shows that African Americans are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession …

This disparate treatment doesn’t end with blacks being more likely to be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Many people unable to legally purchase a gun will still do so if they feel that they need to be armed to protect themselves. In these cases, gun control laws lead to the criminalization of blacks exercising self-defense.

Black crimes against the government

Police departments devote only about 4 percent of their time to handling violent crime, spending 4 times that amount on traffic stops and additional time actively looking for violations of so-called “crimes against the government” in which no person has been robbed, assaulted, or otherwise harmed, such as possession crimes (e.g., illegal firearms, drugs or even just drug paraphernalia). 

BLM officially issued a call for an end to mass incarceration, “THE DEMAND: Divest from surveillance, policing, mass criminalization, incarceration and deportation.” [Emphasis added].

Yet, BLM does not support rescinding many of the very “crimes against the government” that cause so many blacks to get stopped, arrested and imprisoned, nor do they support pardons for peaceful offenders of those crimes, including firearm “possession” crimes. In fact, in 2019

42% of all people arrested for weapon offenses in the United States were Black, while Blacks accounted for . . . 26% of arrests for all other offenses [and make up just 14% of the population]. [Emphasis added].

Some public defenders disagree with BLM, praising a Supreme Court ruling striking down New York’s handgun ban,

. . . gun-permitting rules like New York's have long been a license for racial discrimination. By making it a crime for most people to carry a handgun, New York and a few other states have ended up putting people — overwhelmingly people of color — behind bars for conduct that would be legal elsewhere

New York’s gun licensing regulations have been arbitrarily and discriminatorily applied, disproportionately ensnaring the people we represent, the majority of whom are from communities of color.  [Emphases added].

Drugs and prostitution are different

The highly disparate treatment of blacks in prosecuting drug crimes has been reported by Reuters:

Black Americans are 10 times more likely to be imprisoned for illegal drug offenses than whites, even though both groups use and sell drugs at the same rate

BLM does support amnesty for drug as well as prostitution crimes:

The Retroactive Decriminalization, Immediate Release, and Record Expungement of All Drug Related Offenses and Prostitution … Pass legislation decriminalizing drug possession and sale. Pass legislation decriminalizing prostitution.

Weaponized Prosecution

Please see our recent article on BLM’s attack on black pro-lifers as ‘white supremacists,’ as well as previous articles in our series on the politicization of prosecution: 

FBI - No time to interview rape victims; plenty for Jan 6 trespass

Police chiefs discourage violent crime complaints to give appearance of reduced crime

Police plant drugs on minorities to meet arrest quotas

FBI fails to act on evidence of planned shootings

FBI/DOJ/Court jail Dr Simone Gold for trespass, politicizing medicine

Meet the judge sentencing January 6th attendees to prison

Will ‘Colbert 7’ get January 6 treatment?

Judge in Dr Gold case applauded anti-free speech socialists disrupting SCOTUS

Stephen Colbert explains why his staffers are not insurrectionists

Feds pressure Jan 6 defendants to falsely confess to ‘knowingly’ trespassing

Few arrests as preferred protesters get away with insurrection

Official AFLDS press release on founder Dr. Simone Gold’s Jan 6 sentencing

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