Reason.tv: Adam Winkler on Racism, Ron Paul and the Battle over the Right to Bear Arms

“Part of the way African Americans were kept as second class citizens in America was by denying them access to guns,” says Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, "I think America is a violent society not because of our guns, but because of our culture."

Winkler sat down with Reason.tv's Tracy Oppenheimer to "tell the amazing story of America's complicated history with guns" and share his revelations about the founding fathers, the NRA and even Ron Paul.

Approximately 5.45 minutes.

Shot by Paul Detrick and Zach Weissmueller; edited by Tracy Oppenheimer

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  • Other Matt||

  • Max||

    ”Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”--Ron Paul

  • Link||

    I'm new to Ron Paul, and frankly like much of what he says about economics.

    Can you post the link to those quotes, so I can understand that context.

    Thank you

  • Admiral Ackbar||

    IT'S A TRAP!!!!!

  • Hey, Link...||

    ...take the Admiral's advice.

    Max has been bitching here for years - all of it highly irrationally-tinged - about the "dangers" of Ron Paul. He claims every word in Paul's newsletters is dripping with racism, and further claims that Paul made millions of dollars off the printing of said newsletters.

    In other words... Max is a liar, and possibly a child molester.

  • Dave||

  • Realist||

    I do not know if this is a correct quote from RP, but if it is then, he is even smarter and more honest than I thought.
    If you remove the black contribution to violent crime in America...American violence is no higher than anywhere else.

  • Max||

    “The Criminals who terrorize our cities – in riots and on every non-riot day – are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are.” --Ron Paul

  • So?||

    Truth, Max. Try looking it up in the dictionary.

  • Brother Grimm||

    Yeah. And he's right about that. So what?

  • The Pointer-Outer||

    So what, indeed. I couldn't have summed it up any better.

    There is no "there", there, Max.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    He's been doing this bullshit for a long time, PO. If I were Ron Paul, I'd have a restraining order against Max.

  • Max||

    “Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action.”--Ron Paul

  • So?||

    What's the problem with what he said?

  • Brother Grimm||

    Still true. Still don't see the problem.

  • Max||

    “Immigrants can spread diseases for which we may have no immunity. There is also the question of crime and culture. Many immigrants come from countries with different legal structures and are not willing to behave in the way we expect American citizens to behave.”--Ron Paul

  • So?||

    Again, truth. How do it work?

  • Brother Grimm||

    Still not wrong.

  • Realist||

    "On average blacks score significantly lower on IQ tests, than do whites." - Anybody who knows the facts.

  • ||

    Jefferson said much the same 250 eaars ago.

  • Max||

    “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self-defense. For the animals are coming.” --Ron Paul

  • So?||

    Very sensible. If politicians have armed guards, we little people deserve to be able to defend ourselves as well.

  • Brother Grimm||

    Can't find any fault here either.

  • JM||

    Max is having fun today apparently.

  • ||

    He's our little dancing monkey, yes he is.

  • Max||

    Go suck Ron Pual's cock! I'm never posting here again!

  • So?||

    Good. Don't post here again.

    How many times have you promised to never return, again?

  • Brother Grimm||

    On no. Not that. Anything but that.

  • RoAun PauAl'z Cock||

    You promise that, but you always return for more, MaxiPad.

  • ||

    Homophobe! Hate speech!

  • Bill Maher||

    The hate-speech has to stop now!

    By the way... did I mention that Sarah Palin is a cunt?

  • shrike||

    Christ-fags need to be shot in the back of the head when they say mean things about liberals.

  • Sarah Palin's Cunt||

    I don't think Maher got the sentence right.

  • ||

    I like Tracy Oppenheimer's voice.

  • Eric||

    What makes a fact racist? If Ron Paul were Black, would it be ok? I think when Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby disagree with aspects of Black culture, they are called Uncle Toms or racist, not sure though.

  • ||

    You've heard of Thomas Sowell and Clarence Thomas, no?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    And who calls Sowell or Cosby "Uncle Toms", Eric?

    Why, it would be... liberals! You're familiar with liberals, right?

  • Eric||

    Heard of Clarence Thomas but not Thomas Sowell. I'm thinking that a "mean" fact should be labeled as offensive rather than racist. Semantics...

  • The Pointer-Outer||

    What "fact"? Neither man is an "Uncle Tom".

  • ||

    "I think America is a violent society not because of our guns, but because of our culture."

    Yeah, totally. Our 400/100,000 violent crime rate is so terrible. I mean, it's not Canada's 900/100,000, or Limetree Island's 2,000/100,000, but it's America, dudes, so let's opine about how violent we are.

  • Occupy Everything||

    When WE get violent, it's because we were FORCED to get violent... or the voices on MSNBC told us to.

    But it's for The Cause, so it's okay.

  • Barack the Jaunty Future King||

    Wait for My signal, minions. And don't shoot until you see the Whites.

  • POTUS||

    Hold on - I resemble that remark!

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