I’ve been hearing “decades long slow-motion hate crime,” to describe what’s happened to gun owners, for a long time now, which prompted me to see if the origin of the term could be found.Â I found a few sources.Â One is this quite excellent essay by Dr. Michael S. Brown called “The Radicalization of America’s Gun Culture.”Â But there, Dr. Brown only mentions:
American gun owners feel as if they are being slowly crushed. One writer recently described this decades-long campaign as a slow motion hate crime.
So he’s attributing it to someone else.Â That essay is from September of 2000, so I would be looking for a primary source around that time.Â I think I might have found it.Â This is actually an article on Canadian gun control by Dave Kopel from August of 2000, which was only a month before Dr. Brown’s article was published:
In short, Canadian gun control is a sort of slow-motion hate crime, perpetrated by the government. The real purpose is to harm a minority whom the government dislikes. In the United States, one need only attend a few anti-gun rallies â€” especially rallies put on by the dishonestly named Million Mom March â€” to find plenty of anti-gun activists for whom hatred is obviously the guiding value.
Given that it’s not attributed, and the passing manner in which it’s stated, I think it’s safe to say this is quite likely the primary source for the blog meme which has survived nearly a decade now.