Black conservative leaders spoke out about Barack Obama’s call for more gun control legislation on Friday, claiming that what he is putting forward have “racist” origins. Obama had met with other black leaders at the White House, including Al Sharpton, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and executive director of the National Council of Negro Women Avis Jones-DeWeever.
Columnist Star Parker said,
“We know that gun control laws have racist origins.”
Parker then introduced Stacy Swimp, President and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, who elaborated on those origins.
“The first gun laws were put into place to register black folks to make sure they would know who we were, that we could not defend ourselves,” Swimp said. “If you look at the Emancipation Proclamation, what was going on down in the Southern States, it’s very clear that the ‘Dixiecrats’ wanted to disarm black people to keep us from defending ourselves against the Klansmen, who were murdering white and black Republicans to control the ballot box.”
“There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” he added.
Swimp went on to state that he was “not always this conservative” and spoke about growing up in home and community filled with liberals. He told how when he was younger he engaged in some things that were considered criminal and then he referenced 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
He said that he spoke from experience and he confirmed that those who are looking to commit a crime look for homes in which they assume there is not a gun owner in the house. Swimp also spoke of a man that lived across the street from him, as well as his father who both owned firearms and it was known that they did. He said that young people in the neighborhood knew that they had to go “outside the community” if they wanted to commit a crime and that no one get the idea of messing around those homes.
He then declared,
“If you think for one minute that gun control is going to do anything about reducing crime, what you have done is that you have just played into the hands of criminals and they’re having a party and thanking the Democrat Party for making it much easier for them to take the lives of law abiding citizens.”
The president of the Black Chamber of Commerce, Harry Alford, gave high praise for the National Rifle Association. “The National Rifle Association was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan,” said Alford.
“They would raise money, buy arms, show the free slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. God bless you. Many of us probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the NRA.”
Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality said, “For black Americans, we know that gun control has ultimately been about people control. It sprouts from racist soil; be it after the, or during the infamous Dred Scott case where black man’s humanity was not recognized.”
Many of those that spoke at the press conference said what we have said here at Freedom Outpost and that is that the cities with the strictest gun laws have the most crime.
Former linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Washington state Ken Hutcherson asked, “How many children have to die, black and white, for us to come to the conclusion that most of the gun violence is in cities with the most gun control? When are we going to change our minds and put some common sense in there?”
Founder of God, Guns and the Constitution William Owens, Jr. said, “This current administration is far from the truth.”
“When they take our guns, they will also seek to take our God, and that’s when Americans will fight back,” he added.
The press conference was sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.
What I appreciated was that this was a significant blow coming from American blacks (yes, I don’t like the term African-American, because they are simply Americans with dark skin). It demonstrates that the issue of firearms and the duty and responsibility one has before God is to defend their families and others in their community against aggressors and tyranny.
Hopefully this will get out to many in the black community and open their eyes to those who claim to speak for blacks, but yet are really out to ensure they continue to have a organization or pulpit to preach their own racism. I’m glad these leaders gave voice to the gun issue. They are most definitely a fly in the ointment for the Obama administration.
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