Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lawful Carrying Of Guns = Edge Of Anarchy

...And that notion's from a man who seems dreadfully worried young African-Americans might openly carry unloaded guns in the (California) approved manner. The man happens to be an NAACP official:

Joe Brown, president of the Pasadena-branch NAACP demonstrated alongside the gun opponents.

With frequent incidents of gun violence ravaging Northwest Pasadena, Brown criticized the message being sent by the protesters.

"Could you imagine if many of the young people carried a unloaded weapon in their car and every time they got stopped they said they had a right to carry a weapon and pointed to the guys in Old Pasadena as an example," Brown asked. "That's almost on the edge of anarchy."

Since that is a right those young people do have -- assuming they're not too young or felons or otherwise barred by law from handling firearms -- I can only assume he's voicing some sort of racist concern over members of minorities realizing they have the same right to own and carry guns as any other citizen of California.

That's not anarchy, Mr. Brown, it's called liberty. And it's not dependant on your skin color or what side of town you live on. Perhaps you've read of the historic efforts along those lines, or are somewhat familiar with at least one the organizations that have worked to promote and retain such equality of freedom in the United States?

(H/T to Joe, who found another quote of amusing interest in the article).


rickn8or said...

Love how the writer of the artcle complains about those openly-concealed firearms.

Openly-concealed unloaded firearms = paperweight

perlhaqr said...

I'm impressed. The Brady Bunch managed to get the black folks to discriminate against themselves.

Now that's sure something.

It's not good, but it's sure something.

Drang said...

"Gun control isn't about guns, it's about control."

He's afraid of losing his constituency.

og said...

It is neither the edge of Anarchy, nor the edge of Chaos, which is probably what he means. It could very well, in fact, be the very opposite of chaos, under the right circumstances.

Like Tam says, it's not racism when they do it.

Chuck Kuecker said...

I wonder if Joe Brown has ever read the history of the Civil Rights movement?

The Deacons for Defense and Justice might have something to tell him.

He ought to look up the definition of anarchy while he's at it. I don't remember there being anything about being violent in there.

BornLib said...

Mr. Brown, meet Malcolm X. Perhaps you've heard of him?
Skip to 2:30 for the good stuff.