CNN’s Don Lemon has been ranting about guns since the first day of the Connecticut killings. On Saturday, he ranted on, and on, and on. HotAir has a good transcript of one of his last rants.
Listen, for the past three days, I have been on the verge of tears every second, and most of the people here have been crying 24 hours straight. Yes, we need to address mental health, but mental health in this particular issue — let’s not get it twisted — is a secondary issue. If someone who has a mental issue did not have access to guns that should only be available in war zones, we would not be dealing with this. Who needs a bullet piercing, armor piercing bullet to go hunting? Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting? You can’t even use the prey that you kill with an assault rifle if you indeed do it. no one needs an assault rifle to go out and shoot a deer. … That’s the issue that we need to deal with. So to say that gun violence is down does not make sense. To me, it’s insulting to everyone who lost a loved one here and who was dealing with that. It doesn’t matter if gun violence is down. 20 children are dead here and 6 adults are dead, and the mother of a person who was not mentally — who is mentally challenged in some way is dead. so to say that gun violence is down — we need to talk about mental health, yes. mental health is a secondary issue. We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets. They should only be available to police officers and to hunt al Qaeda and the Taliban and not hunt children.
When he’s had discussions with people who aren’t gun control fanatics, he cuts them off, interrupts them, and rants some more. Anyone listening to CNN in the last couple days has heard it.
I very briefly met Don Lemon years ago, back when he was just an anchor in Chicago (though it wasn’t as if we sat down and had a discussion about politics). I was working in an entry-level job for a company that did some home furnishings, and his apartment/condo happened to be one we worked at; a very nice place, high up, looking down on one of the big parks in Chicago. The whole city is violent, and a “gun-free” zone – I was glad I only stayed and worked there a short time and never really lived there. Don lives up above the city, and tells people how the world is for his job. He’s in an position of power, firmly rooted in the information-disseminating branch of the Ruling Class.
Something I didn’t know about him right away (but my co-workers and myself picked up on pretty quick) was that he’s gay. He’s openly gay now, don’t know if he was then, but it’s worth noting, and I’ll mention why again later.
Now, I’m going to be somewhat blunt, in case Mr. Lemon ever searches for something like this and digs up this blog (or if we ever strike it big, so I can go back to this and cite it). Mr. Lemon, I know this may come as a shock to you… but you’re black. Gun control laws were meant to disarm YOU. Historically, gun control laws were to prevent freed slaves from being armed. In the last century, gun control laws were enacted so racist white sheriffs (usually Democrats like Bull Connor) could deny black people permits. Black people were forced to live in fear of KKK night riders because racist white government denied them the use of arms. Modern arms have been important to defense of black folks – they were always needed, and almost always restricted. Somewhat famously, Condoleeza Rice’s father was a member of and led citizen patrols to protect black neighborhoods against KKK night riders and lynch mobs in the south.
Ownership and bearing of arms prevented violence. The knowledge that someone can resist and use arms reduces violence. Mobs faced with real resistance rapidly become cowards. Armed blacks prevented violence by racist whites in power.
Mr. Lemon, as if you needed reminding of this, too, you’re gay. That means you’re part of two groups that have been historically bashed, beaten, and lynched as well. Guys who hang around Boys Town in Chicago (I have no idea what Don did for fun in Chicago or if he ever went there, nor do I care, nor did I hang out in Boys Town, but I know what it is) – those guys still often keep quiet that they’re in “The Family” – because they remember how things were for years. A lot of gays who know how things were just a few years ago stay with one foot in the closet for just that reason – safety. They may have plenty of folks who accept them and plenty folks who disagree with some things they do but still respect them, but there are still many people who really, really despise them and do want to do them harm.
You might do well to learn about the Pink Pistols – a group for gays who understand that gay bashing isn’t stopped by calling for help that will arrive minutes after you’ve been curb-stomped by some violent homophobe.
To a man who’s part of the Ruling Class, high and mighty, living in a glass and steel tower looking down on “the audience”, beaming The Truth Of CNN to the world to which you are the gatekeeper of news, this may seem far away. Guns may seem bad because you know little of gun culture. But guns keep people safe in the real world. People expressly, specifically, like you, Mr. Lemon.
Armed blacks and armed gays have means to defend themselves. The police don’t magically arrive in the nick of time. When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away. And sometimes the police are the problem. (They’re also almost invariably Democrats.)
Sometimes, as in Athens, Tennessee, at the Battle of Athens, black (and white) WWII veterans weren’t even allowed to vote – there was no way to change things peaceably. That took use of force to kick out horrible corruption in government.
The election was held on 1 August. To intimidate voters, Mansfield brought in some 200 armed “deputies”. GI poll-watchers were beaten almost at once. At about 3 p.m., Tom Gillespie, an African-American voter, was told by a Sheriff’s deputy, “‘Nigger, you can’t vote here today!!'”. Despite being beaten, Gillespie persisted; the enraged deputy shot him.
Mr. Lemon, the actions of a madman as in Connecticut are reprehensible and horrible. We can do things to mitigate the risks, like better mental health treatment and reducing stigma attached to seeking mental health assistance, for both those who are ill or in need of help, and the families who would like to help them, but don’t want to destroy those relatives’ lives.
The actions of a government with a monopoly on force are far, far worse. In local governments, we have already seen violence and oppression easily within living memory; and within groups of people, we often see even more violence and oppression – and especially as someone who falls into two groups that have been oppressed and beaten – you should find it easy to understand that your position is ultimately one that’s self-destructive, and endangers yourself and people of your color and persuasion. You should find it easy to see that the 2nd Amendment, and gun rights – and that means modern firearms – are there for you and your protection. They’re there so the bashers and the lynch mobs can be kept at bay. They’re there so when a sad day comes that you need to use force to exert your rights, you have that force. It’s sad that right now you’re pushing against your own freedoms – ones that you should easily see are critical.
Not everyone gets along all the time, but when people are on equal footing, they don’t abuse each other, and they have to learn to get along. And armed society truly is a polite society. For someone who’s been part of groups both lynched and bashed, it’s worth it to consider that the Second Amendment was there so that liberty trumped democracy. A mob of 50 deciding one should die is democratic – they voted, you lost.
Liberty is you contesting the lynching vote with a modern, black gun.