It’s generally well known that the the vast majority of gun control laws have a racist origins, so I was surprised to see the headline here. But this one can’t be filed under the category of winning:
â€œI want you to connect one more dot on that chain of African-American history in this country, and tell me if Iâ€™m crazy: Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers, across this country, that are killing black and brown children,â€ he said according to an WMAQ-Channel 5 story that aired Thursday.
I hate to tell you, chief, but it’s not the guns, it is, unfortunately, mostly other black and brown children who are killing black and brown children. You don’t get to dodge that by blaming federal gun laws. He suggests â€œeverybody is afraid of race. Iâ€™m not afraid of race.â€ No, I think you’re quite afraid of it, because you’re helping these communities find scapegoats for their problems, rather than helping them look within. Violence, with guns or otherwise, is symptom of a much larger and more difficult to solve problem.Â He ends with this bit of twisted logic:
In a statement Thursday, McCarthy said â€œstrong gun laws against illegal firearms are critical in order to maintain public safety and private rights.â€
If they are illegal firearms, wouldn’t that suggest there are already strong laws against them? I mean, the federal penalties are generally ten years for illegal trafficking, and handguns were illegal in Chicago for more almost 30 years. This guy would do well to remember the fence.