“Tactical Jim Crow-Style Segregation” One of the Dumbest Pro Gun Arguments I’ve Ever Heard!
As Media Matters points out, Colion Noir is the host of a show put together by the NRA. No surprise this ridiculous argument was made by an NRA spokesmen!
This is one of the dumbest arguments I’ve ever heard. “Tactical Jim Crow Segregation?” Seriously? Guns are not people. They’re not even animals. They don’t feel pain or have thoughts of their own, so isn’t the term “tactical Jim Crow Segregation” a bit insensitive to past generations of black people? You know, the ones who had to live under that inherently unjust system?
Beyond that, there actually are meaningful differences between guns, that make banning bans on certain guns more justified than others. Guns for example that are completely automatic aren’t really meant for hunting, and are designed to kill large numbers of people and would rarely be needed for self defense outside a war zone.
Nations also can have much stricter gun laws than ours without turning into a tyranny. It also doesn’t make any sense to have no limits on civilian gun ownership to prevent America from turning into a tyranny, unless you think that civilians could take on law enforcement and the US military. If anything Australian gun violence drastically decreased after the country banned most fire arms, and most of its citizens support the law. It seems to have worked for them. Despite what the NRA and other people obsessed with guns would have you believe, gun control works. The UK also has incredibly strict gun control laws, and it has hardly led to a high rate of violent crime, or its people being oppressed.
Even if the differences between assault weapons and other guns was just cosmetic as some gun rights advocates claim, comparing laws banning certain guns to Jim Crow laws would be silly at best, and highly offensive at worst. Such laws were inherently discriminatory, totally unjustified, unjustifiable, and unconstitutional. On the other hand there are plenty of good arguments for limiting access to firearms.