Do you support the Second Amendment as it is written? If so, you just might be a seething bigot (according to a Notre Dame college professor).
Notre Dame philosophy professor Gary Gutting recently penned an absurd op-ed for the New York Times. In his preposterous diatribe, Gutting asserted that those who fight to preserve Second Amendment liberties do so out of… wait for it… bigotry.
Yes, that ol’ go-to that is the gold standard of liberal moonbat thinking. Because in the liberal world, everything stems from a deep longing for a return to the Jim Crow era….
Gutting argued “permissive gun laws are a manifestation of racism” and claimed that “hatred of racism” is what drives today’s anti-Second Amendment movement.
Gutting notes that gun control proponents are losing the fight because those who love freedom are more organized and more impassioned.
In this regard, I whole-heartedly agree.
“The intensity gap exists because opponents of gun violence have no corresponding deep motivation. We cite suicide rates, urban violence, and, especially, mass shootings as horrors requiring more effective gun laws. But few of us actually see guns as existential threats to fundamental American values. In this, however, we are mistaken. Our permissive gun laws are a manifestation of racism, an evil that, in other contexts, most gun-control advocates see as a fundamental threat to American society.”
Ignoring the fact that black-on-black crimes is a near epidemic in inner cities throughout the country thanks to restrictive gun control laws, Gutting asserts that failure to clamp-down on Second Amendment advocates condemns black communities to live in fear of armed whites.
“If we fail to oppose with equal passion and vigor the relentless political pressure of (mostly white) gun advocates, we force a large number of black citizens to live with the constant threat of gun violence. We’re in effect letting the Second Amendment trump the Fourteenth Amendment, implicitly preferring the right of gun ownership to the right of black people to live free from fear,” Gutting argues.
Gutting outlines his ridiculous argument, saying,
“How does racism enter into this picture? Let me put it in personal terms. I spend a fair amount of time in Chicago, where the newspapers regularly offer front-page reports of shootings from the previous night. Checking The Tribune on a recent morning, I learned that two people were killed and a dozen wounded. You might think that a steady stream of such reports (this year, Chicago will have over 2,700 shootings, with over 400 people killed) would induce high levels of fear, especially since many shootings occur on the streets. In fact, I’m not particularly afraid, since — like most Chicagoans — I’m hardly ever where the violence occurs. There’s something to worry about only if you live in certain overwhelmingly black communities on the West and South sides of town. (The papers publish helpful maps showing how the killings are distributed.) These are where almost all the shootings occur, and the large majority of victims (and perpetrators) are black. The patterns are similar in other large American cities, so that those who live with gun violence as an imminent, personal threat are mostly black.
“But imagine if there regularly were shootings in previously “safe” white areas. Now there are frequent killings on the Magnificent Mile, the Gold Coast and in Lincoln Park. Both the perpetrators and the victims are white, and, despite greatly increased police protection, the violence continues. Given the strong support for gun control among residents of these areas, the cause would quickly become very personal. Chicago has relatively strong gun laws, but the city borders on Indiana, where the laws are much laxer. My neighbors and I would join a vigorous and relentless campaign for stricter national gun laws.
This isn’t our reaction to gun violence in black parts of town. Does this mean that we’re racists? Perhaps not. Perhaps we just haven’t realized the extent to which gun violence is destroying urban black communities. But once we realize this, our passion for justice and hatred of racism should galvanize us to action. Here the parallel to the Black Lives Matter movement is instructive. When black protesters convinced whites that striking examples of unjustified police violence were not just occasional aberrations, the whites supported protests against what they now saw as a racist practice. Similarly, white supporters of gun control should join with blacks — including mayors of major cities — who have recognized the racist effects of gun proliferation.
The Second Amendment is not only remarkable as a guarantee of a right that is restricted to so many in so many countries; it is remarkable in that it provides a basis for ensuring equality and fair treatment. Black and white, men and women, rich and poor- all may enjoy their Second Amendment rights and these firearms serve as terrific equalizers.
The poor who cannot afford state-of-the-art security can shoot intruders. 5-foot-tall women can walk unafraid down dark alleyways, content in the knowledge that she can take-down a 6’4” assailant.
And as for blacks? There was always a reason why white oppressors feared allowing slaves and freedmen alike access to firearms.
Truly, those who support the Second Amendment are the supporters of freedom. Only those who insist that government should be the deciders of who should and should not retain their civil rights are the proponents of racism, bigotry and outright tyranny as such a belief system strives to restrict, not enhance, equality.
As for Mr. Gutting and his band of guilty liberals, if he were truly interested in aiding the plight of the black community, he would be preaching for an end to draconian anti-Second Amendment gun laws which, after a half-century, have proven to be only useful to the criminal elements of society who do not hold laws in high regard.