Gun Control

The Reawakening of the Black Gun-Rights Movement

"I believe that I'm channeling my ancestors," says Second Amendment activist Brent Holmes, who carries an assault rifle to protests in Richmond, Virginia.

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When Second Amendment activist Brent Holmes started showing up at police brutality protests in Richmond, Virginia, over the summer while carrying an assault rifle across his chest, passersby would cheer him on. 

"'Yes, yes, he gets it,'" Holmes says. "He knows that he has those rights, too.'"

Holmes, who also wears a red baseball cap with the words "I CAN'T BREATHE" embroidered across the front, is part of a community of black gun-rights activists who have been showing up armed to protests in several American cities.

"You have this history well before the Civil War of organized black self-defense in Northern communities," says George Washington University Professor of Law Robert J. Cottrol, editor of Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment (1994). Guns have been essential for protecting black civil rights since the antebellum period, Cottrol tells Reason.

Following "the tremendous push" for black voter registration in the 1950s and '60s, when the Ku Klux Klan decided to try to "intimidate and kill" those who were involved, Cottrol says, "you have [armed] groups beginning to be formed designed to protect the black community and the Civil Rights community."

"I believe that I'm channeling my ancestors," says Holmes. 

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  1. Probably NOT an assault rifle. Assault rifles are select-fire; machine guns.

    Assault weapons, on the other hand, are a legal fiction of gun controllers, based entirely on fluid definition of cosmetic features.

    1. “Assault rifle” is a political term; therefore it need not have a basis in reality [nor how seldom such things are used to commit crimes].

      1. Actually “assault rifle” has a definition in the military: A select-fire weapon chambered in an intermediate cartridge

        “Assault [I]weapon[/I]” is the political invention

        1. Point taken.

          Nice ’73 Winchester that woman is holding, by the way.

            1. You peaked my curiosity; a cursory internet search revealed the following:

              Harriet Tubman carried a small pistol with her on her rescue missions, mostly for protection from slave catchers, but also to encourage weak-hearted runaways from turning back and risking the safety of the rest of the group. Tubman carried a sharpshooter’s rifle during the Civil War.

              and this

              But Harriet Tubman fought the institution of slavery well beyond her role as a conductor for the Underground Railroad. As a soldier and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, Tubman became the first woman to lead an armed military operation in the United States in what is known as the Combahee Ferry Raid.

              But a ’73 Winchester would not have been there. Maybe several years later.

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                1. For US currency, out of 7 distinct denominations ($1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100), all but 2 are former Presidents. The two exceptions are the first Secretary of the Treasury (Hamilton) and Ben Franklin.

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              1. Of note, she carried the rifle not (necessarily) because it was a civil right or because whitey was out to get her, but because her mail route was rife with natural predators and buffalo provide tasty meals and warm hides.

              2. I did some googling to confirm that was Harriet before the initial response. Much of the internet, as well as books, caption that picture as being Harriet Tubman.

                Not refuting your claim and link…just fascinating how there could be so much mis-information online over a historic fact.

                1. Not to imply anything, but it doesn’t look like Harriet Tubman to me. Both in features and in the fact that the woman with the rifle has always looked much bigger than the depictions I’ve seen of Tubman. The explanation that Fields was 6′ tall and weigh 200 lbs. made sense. Additionally, if you look around, there are other depictions of Fields with a/the rifle (as opposed to Tubman’s pistols).

                  Ultimately, I think both are the correct retort to the anti-gun, (anti-woman, anti-religion,) divisive revisionist bullshit. Tubman absolutely was not some one-off exception to the ‘Republicans hate blacks with guns’ narrative.

                  1. I’ve always admired Harriet Tubman’s life story. It’s a nice bonus to now learn about Mary Fields.

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        2. “Actually “assault rifle” has a definition in the military: ”

          Where? Like what publication or manual?

          1. Google “Sturmgewehr” (German, meaning “storm rifle”, with “storm” meant in the sense of “to assault”, like storming a castle) from whence the term “assault rifle” came.

            1. Intentionally or not, you’re walking out Á àß äẞç ãþÇđ âÞ¢Đæ ǎB€Ðëf ảhf’s stupid insintuation that the Wehrmacht was a) nonpolitical and b) should have some bearing on US law.

      2. As I said, assault rifle is a machine gun, assault weapon is a legal fiction.

        1. …So the only argument here about terminology is you guys, and no one even tried to make a point other than to insinuate something.
          And why doesn’t anyone try to parse the “Well-regulated militia” part of the second amendment? Gun nuts are nuts.

          1. Does your post come in version written in coherent English?

          2. Because when the 2nd Amendment says ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed’, it uses the term ‘the people’ in the same way its used in every other part of the Constitution, to refer to the whole people. It doesn’t say ‘the right of members of the well-regulated militia shall not be infringed’.

    2. You can say the same thing about race.

      1. It’s a good thing nobody told sickle cell anemia and Tay-Sachs disease that race is a social construct.

        1. The fact that certain populations of humans are more likely to have certain genetic disorders does not make race a scientifically valid category.

          1. Not really, that would largely depend on one’s own defintion of what race is.

          2. LMFAO

            “Just because these genetic illnesses almost exclusively effect people of a particular race does not make race a scientifically valid category”

            Fantastic! Let’s not waste a dime of public money warning black people and Jews to get screened for genetic illnesses. Let’s also remove those inconvenient tidbits from actuarial tables too.

            1. Fantastic! Let’s not waste a dime of public money warning black people and Jews to get screened for genetic illnesses. Let’s also remove those inconvenient tidbits from actuarial tables too.

              We don’t waste a dime screening Norwegians for sickle cell anemia. Does that make “Norwegian” a biological category? Of course not. “Norwegian” is still a social construct, but because of historical accident, it correlates with the absence of sickle cell anemia.

              1. The best time to screen someone for sickle cell anemia is when someone shows symptoms of sickle cell anemia. After all, the disease is a result of a genetic mutation; it’s not impossible for it to occur spontaneously.

                It’s also not impossible for a Norwegian to have a sickle-celled ancestor or two and not even realize it.

                1. Not impossible, but the odds are against it since going viking stopped being a national pastime about 9 centuries ago. (Yes, I know there were traders long after that, but the arguments remains.)

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              2. Norwegian is a better genetic classification than “white” is.

                1. “Norwegian” is a political concept, not a genetic classification.

                  1. People groups share genetic code. Are you saying there is no genetic people group in Norway?

                    Or is it only the Welsh that managed that feat?

                    The Jews manage it. I wonder how that is.

            2. What does that have to do with the validity of race as a way to subdivide humans? You can say that people with ancestry from certain parts of Africa are far more likely to have sickle cell disease and not mention race.

          3. Zeb is absolutely correct. Race is not a scientifically valid category. There is absolutely no evidence of species differentiation within the classification homo sapiens sapiens. The real science shows that attributes associated with ‘race’ are akin to familial traits, the result of past geographical isolation and limited breeding populations.

            You would likely get screened for genetical illnesses if they run in your family. It is no different for people who share Semitic, African or Norwegian ancestry.

            In the wake of the 20th century’s removal of geographical boundaries, racial differences are an anachronism that will be remedied over time.

            1. In the wake of the 20th century’s removal of geographical boundaries, racial differences are an anachronism that will be remedied over time.

              Ah, yes, the communist/socialist/progressive vision of the future: a homogenized world population with a single, rational ideology.

              Sorry, not going to happen. Rather, differences between human populations will get larger over time, eventually leading to speciation.

              1. If I have not established my credentials as a hater of everything communist/socialist/progressive, it is certainly not from lack of trying. I was speaking more to the fact that the genetic genie is out of the bottle with more and more mixture among the previously isolated cultures and fewer and fewer caring about ‘racial purity’.

                Look at Central and South America. Mexicans don’t differentiate indigenous from European ancestry. Look at the way China is eradicating the Uighars by forced marriages. Regimes have learned that attempting to eradicate a culture breeds resentment and rebellion, so instead they have adopted a strategy to subsume it in their own.

                Your reference to speciation is spurious at best. The time scale that it takes for that to occur is at least a magnitude longer than the entirety of human civilization.

        1. Damn, that’s good! Catchier than the “Pink Pistols” crusade to get gay folk to start carrying, “Black guns matter” picks up on the current campaign.

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  2. They have their reasons, and I have mine; but we both have the 2A.

    1. Yes. and I’m glad they, yes they, are finally realizing it.

  3. Don’t tell the dildo. He’s certain black people could never get away with exercising 2A.

  4. Yes, it’s a tool. It’s not the gun’s fault if the person carrying it is a tool. I mean, hypothetically.

  5. Meh. I’m getting tired of all the ‘black’ movements, tbh. Segregation is not the solution, it just adds to all of this pollution.

    1. When black people are targeted by racists, they tend to react to the implied segregation by pointing out the segregationist racism. They are pretty tired of it too. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away.

      1. So are you informing us that only racists target black people or that black people rightly assume that, when they’re targeted, it’s because of their race?

        1. I guess you are saying that when targeted people complain of being targeted, they have been targeted because of their targets.

          No wonder K-mart had so much trouble.

          1. I guess you are saying that when targeted people complain of being targeted, they have been targeted because of their targets.

            I didn’t say anything. I asked. The act of targeting doesn’t necessarily or irrefutably indicate any given motivation. I’m asking you to clarify how you/they know the motivations.

            I’d prefer something better than a guess, but considering you can’t seem to tell the difference between a question and a statement, I’m not optimistic.

      2. So which racist whitey was it that forced, say, Talcum X to support black separatism by “targeting” him?

      3. When black people are targeted by racists, they tend to react to the implied segregation by pointing out the segregationist racism. They are pretty tired of it too. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away.

        You know what else won’t make it go away? Complaining about it.

        If you are a member of a minority and you want to succeed in the US, the burden is on you to put in the work to succeed, even in the presence of racism. Many minorities in the US have done so, but for some reason a few have not and are struggling.

        It’s not fair, but life isn’t fair.

    2. Right?!? Everyone who mentions race is a socialist.

      1. Everyone who mentions race is, de facto, racist.

        1. That makes you a racist, you know.

          If someone mugs me, and I mention it, am I a mugger?

          If someone mugs me and says while doing so that he is doing it because of my race, and I mention that, am I a racist mugger?

          1. That makes you a racist, you know.

            No shit dumbass.

            If someone mugs me, and I mention it, am I a mugger?

            No. It sheds a lot of light on the topic you that you’re incapable of distinquishing acts from speech from ideology.

            1. It’s SQRLSY. What did you expect?

          2. If someone mugs me, and I mention it, am I a mugger?

            No, it makes you someone who at accepts the validity of legal terms and categories.

            Likewise, if you distinguish people by race, you accept the validity of racist terms and categories, which makes you a racist.

  6. Probably NOT an assault rifle. Assault rifles are select-fire; machine guns.

    Assault weapons, on the other hand, are a legal fiction of gun controllers, based entirely on fluid definition of cosmetic features.
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    1. hui is the hawaiian term for club/combine/join/unite so your term is oddly apt here. let’s hope more blacks get themselves armed and defend their persons and property

  7. You go, man. Suggestion — get out in front of black-owned businesses and neighborhoods and protect them from WhiteAntifa arsonists and BLM looters since neo-progressives want to remove government-funded protection — paid for with your taxes — from your neighborhoods.

  8. >>”I believe that I’m channeling my ancestors,”

    dude everybody gets to defend themselves you’re still just an ant like the rest of us.

  9. But Ta-Nehisi Cotes said that… oh never mind.

  10. Some context on who Mr. Holmes is. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: https://www.reviewjournal.com/videos/black-lives-matter-murals-at-former-moulin-rouge-site-video/

    Multidisciplinary artist and community activist Brent Holmes discusses murals being painted at the Moulin Rouge lot near downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

    Probably a lot closer to the NFAC, than to anyone Libertarian.

    Was Collion Noir not taking Reason’s calls?

    1. Are only the right black people allowed to express their right to keep and bear arms?

      1. When the wrong ones want to shoot me and burn my shit down if I don’t take a knee for them? Yes, only the right ones. I’m not keen on Antifa exercising their imagined Second Amendment rights either.

        That’s the problem with violent polarization of political culture.

        1. Antifa exercising their imagined Second Amendment rights either.

          I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Ask Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, Gaige Grosskreutz and Garrett Foster how good it feels to LARP as a tuff gai exercising your 2nd amendment rights.

        2. the problem is “wrong ones”

      2. As are only the “right” white people, or people of any color?

        If I am not leading a life a crime you have no reason to be concerned about my owning, and carrying, a firearm. That goes for everyone of any color.

        1. I’m more nervous of BLM people toting guns, regardless of their skin color, than I am of any random yahoo toting guns. This is in no small part due to the portions of the “mostly peaceful” BLM/Antifa protests that aren’t exactly peaceful.

          I am, however, pleased to see people on the Left seeing the light on the 2nd Amendment, even if I’m afraid to see them marching down the streets (after having seen the damage they have done). Even if I disagree with them on other issues (and it’s a mixed bag — I’m not in favor of “defunding the police”, but I nonetheless suspect that BLM would agree with me on police reforms I’d like to see), it’s nice to have allies on this particularly important issue!

    2. don’t artist have a right to self defense as well as anyone else

    3. Does Mr. Noir have his own “movement”, or does he just back a more general 2A organization (2A Foundation, NRA, etc)?

      I don’t remember much of his youtube content being particularly political, although I know he does get into it some in interviews.

      1. His recent interview with Rogan was quite good. I do not believe the Spotify activists were able to delete that one, though I’m pretty certain they’d like to.

  11. Mr. Holmes, as interviewed by Channel 6 in Richmond, Virginia: https://www.wtvr.com/news/local-news/until-we-are-all-free-no-one-is-free-richmond-man-says-on-fourth-of-july

    RICHMOND, Va. — Dozens of people flocked to the statue to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond’s iconic Monument Avenue Saturday to simply hang out, take pictures next to the monument or grill and pass out free food.

    “Nothing but peace and unity,” Brent Holmes explained. “We’re out here just enjoying each other’s company. You got people over there registering people to vote — the most important thing on the planet.”

    Holmes was one of many who came to Monument Avenue on Independence Day. He’s been peacefully protesting daily at the monument and around the city. While many across the country celebrated the nation’s 244th birthday, Holmes said it was just another day for him.

    “People can enjoy what they want to enjoy but you can’t tell me to enjoy a holiday that wasn’t meant for black people, period,” Holmes said….

    …Although he sees progress locally because of the Black Lives Matter movement, Holmes believes more work still needs to be done.

    “If we can get together for a common goal, such as the Second Amendment, such as a ‘no-knock’ warrant, such as police brutality, then why can’t we dig deeper and get together as a people,” Holmes pondered. “We don’t want anything more than you do. All we want to do is be equal.”

    1. I don’t see much in there to disagree with.

      1. Except 4th of July not being for him?

        It’s a stance of separate nations.

        The Black National Anthem and Black Independence Day are postures for separate nations.

        I’m fine with it if they want to separate and have their own nation, but it’s not going to work to view yourself as separate from “White America” and attempting to overthrow it to install “Black America”.

        There needs to be some attempt at unifying or there needs to be separation.

        1. I’m fine with it if they want to separate and have their own nation, but it’s not going to work to view yourself as separate from “White America” and attempting to overthrow it to install “Black America”.

          AFAICT, there’ve been 3 national-level black nationalist movements in US history. 2 culturally appropriated their political ideology from Marx and the other from Muhammed.

    2. registering people to vote — the most important thing on the planet

      sigh

  12. “reawakening”

    Interesting term to obscure the active gaslighting and propagandizing of the Dems towards the african-american communities. Gun control is a racist invention of the left designed solely as a lever against poor urban communities.

    1. “Gun control is a racist invention of the left designed solely as a lever against poor urban communities.”

      And so it will be again. Just as soon as the Left gets solidly back into power.

    2. Bingo! Then governor Reagan peed his panties and outlawed open carry when Black Panthers started exercising their right to open carry in California.

      NO JUSTICE
      NO PEACE!

  13. Well, the Second Amendment applies to all Americans, by incorporation.

    On the other hand, you can’t have a Marxist rebellion if the Marxist rebels aren’t armed, so no surprise if leftists suddenly get more accommodating to the Second. Even the 9th Circuit Court acknowledged its existence earlier this year.

    1. Well, the Second Amendment applies to all Americans, by incorporation.

      No, by its plain language and the supremacy clause.

      1. The 2A was unambiguously recognized as an individual right that transcended state boundaries by SCOTUS in 1856 by Chief Justice Taney when he listed it directly in line with the rights of the 1A that citizenship confers.

        “For if they were so received, and entitled to the privileges and immunities of citizens, it would exempt them from the operation of the special laws and from the police regulations which they considered to be necessary for their own safety. It would give to persons… who were recognised as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law… and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went…”

  14. I can’t think of anything that will spark calls by Republicans for gun control more than the thought of armed blacks.

    1. Your own party stopped blowing that dog whistle years ago. The only reason I can surmise that you’re still doing it is because you just realy like making your dogs hunt for you.

      1. It’s just something Democrats say. Like “Democrats are for the working class”. Or “Democrats are the party of science”. Or “Republicans are all super wealth elites” (five seconds later) “Republicans are all dirty working class yabbos that you keep around to help you fix your car”.

    2. ‘I can’t think’ better sums up your point.

    3. Your projection is noted you racist piece of shit.

    4. Now that so many prominent Dems have advocated for and clearly stated an intention to “come for your guns”, with groups like “the squad” calling for bans on a category (all semiautomatic weapons) that would cover something like 90% of all privately owned firearms (possibly more if they were to broaden the interpretation of “semiautomatic” to include double-action revolvers), I’m guessing the GOP leadership would be thrilled by the emergence of a strong pro-2A movement among black Americans. The political CW seems to still be that the Dems would have real trouble in national elections if their support among black voters fell much below 80-90%, and that would provide a solid “wedge” issue to get a lot of them to split from the Democrat party again.

      1. In the video, complaints were made in the Castille case, where the police officer had shot someone reaching for his concealed carry permit.

        It’s not entirely clear why the NRA was silent in this particular case, but having been plugged into the gun blogosphere for years now, I am well aware that this was discussed at length among the rank-and-file, including by Colion Noir, mentioned above.

        Some of us speculated that this silence may have been because this event pitted two NRA constituencies against each other: civilians carrying guns privately, and police officers.

        I, for one, wished that the NRA had come out against “Inform the Police” requirements only some States have, and suggest that we needed to look into better police training. Such a statement would have addressed this particular incident without getting the police up in arms.

        1. “It’s not entirely clear why the NRA was silent in this particular case”

          my understanding is that the NRA is silent on ALL particular cases. They are a lobbying organization and by policy only make public comment about governmental policy/action/election, etc.

          It is a common refrain from the anti-gun crowd to castigate the NRA for not supporting minority gun owners, ignoring the fact that the NRA supports no specific gun owners, just the rights in abstract

        2. I’m not a fan of the NRA in particular, and have passed on multiple direct invitations to join. The criticism about their silence on the Castille case is disingenuous from anyone who can’t name another “particular case” which they did comment on publicly, though.

          My main memory of the dash-cam video in that case was that the body language of the cop involved seemed skittish, and he probably shouldn’t have been assigned to a solo patrol in that kind of a mental state. The general reaction from pretty much every CCW holder that I know is that Castille shouldn’t have moved after informing the cop that he had a weapon present; mostly (including one practicing lawyer I know who carries concelaed/open as the law allows whenever he can) they said that after informing the cop that he was armed and permitted, he should have asked how the officer wanted to proceed about safing/removing his weapon for the remainder of the encounter.

        3. Whether or not the law requires it, it does seem prudent to inform the cops in an encounter like a traffic stop and allow the officer to determine the course of temporarily disarming the citizen involved; even though laws requiring CCW holders to “inform the police” vary, the laws that will lead to a cop claiming to have believed they were in danger being cleared in almost any fatal shooting are quite consistent.

          The incident I’m most familiar with was my father getting pulled over once and handing the cop his CCW card along with his license, the cop then said he hadn’t asked about the CCW, but my dad then responded that he’d handed that over since the cop was going to see a pistol in the glove box when he opened it to get his registration out. Making it clear that you’re not looking to surprise someone that’s armed is generally the wiser path unless you’re looking to provoke a life-ending conflict of some sort.

    5. That’s funny, considering the first chapters of the NRA that were founded, were founded by former slaves to defend themselves against the KKK, an organization founded by Democrats.

      And that laws against open carry, concealed carry, and “Saturday night specials” (which is a particularly racist term, btw) were passed by Democrats with a wink and a nod that they were only to be enforced against black people, and to a lesser extent, “carpetbagging” Republicans.

      And that Republicans are more than happy to see Colion Noir and others encouraging all people to carry guns.

      And that Curtis McDonald, of Chicago vs McDonald fame, was an elderly black man who wanted to defend himself from Chicago gangs, which at this point are practically in league with Chicago Democrats in their control of the city.

      Yep, all it takes for Republicans to call for gun control is the mere thought of armed blacks! It’s going to happen any day now, I guarantee it!

      (Well, maybe after Amy Coney Barrett gets confirmed to the Supreme Court; after all, she’s a well known enemy of the 2nd Amendment, having recently supported the idea that … it’s unConstitutional to prevent non-violent felons from keeping and bearing arms … maybe she’ll change her mind, once she learns that all these positions support the possibility of a non-violent black felon owning a gun!)

    6. Very unsurprising that you fall back on tried-and-true reconstruction era Democrat tropes to slander the opposing party with your racism. You clearly can’t envision a racially integrated crowd of armed citizens in support of each other.

      God, I feel slimy just for responding to your vile trolling.

    7. I can’t think

      That much is obvious.

    8. The republican party fully supports the rights of Black people to be armed

    9. Ye gods you are such a bullshit artist.

  15. Mr. Holes is channeling the human races’ innate dignity.

    1. Mr. Holmes is channeling every “Bubba” that thought he was right and liked to hear things go ‘bang!’.

  16. I second, pun intended, the point about Colion Noir and add Maj Touré. Holmes seems interesting, but surface-deep, as dim as a zealot can be. Bowles, on the other hand is sharp, if his statements are any indicator.

    1. Bowles, on the other hand is sharp, if his statements are any indicator.

      The focus on Holmes to the near exclusion of Bowles is pretty obnoxiously deliberate. Almost to the point of baiting.

  17. Holmes seems interesting, but surface-deep, as dim as a zealot can be.

    @0:25 in the video. If Holmes were white, people would be calling him a ‘mall ninja’.

    He shouts “dead center” when shooting from ~15′ at a static target, with a shotgun. He shoots daily, but his targets are tacked to trees and there isn’t even a path worn between his shooting position and the targets. His involvement in gun culture is pretty apparently only, metaphorically speaking, skin deep.

    Colion Noir has videos of himself driving hours to learn long range shooting from the legendary Buck Doyle on The Q Ranch. Admittedly, not everyone has the budget to get out to N. Mexico to shoot $2000 rifles with $2 ammo out to 1000-1600 yards, but if you’re gonna claim you shoot every day, at least have some decent targets set up, have worn a path to them, and act like you didn’t just score a touchdown when you only made a layup.

    Moreover, if you’re going to talk about a “reawakening” of black gun rights/culture, probably best to at least mention guys like Noir, Doyle, and Tourè.

    1. ROFLMAO! ~@6:25, he’s shoulder carrying two 30-rd. glocks. He’s too Hollywood for John Fucking Wick! What a joke.

    2. It’s a re-awokening. Something entirely different.

  18. He’s channeling his ancestors who were being shot for going to polls to vote.

    George Floyd was a criminal who was being arrested for fraudulently passing counterfeit money.

    It is not at all the same thing.

  19. Carrying a rifle in the open is not the best strategy for a protester when it turns into a riot. Sure you will intimidate people more than just by hitting them with skateboards, rocks or bags of poop, but bearing arms near the homes of those your trying to intimidate might put you in the sights of another person’s gun.

    1. At the very least, even for whites, it sends the message that your intent isn’t 100% peaceful. It’s not like everyone just shrugs and says, “meh.” when guys march with rifles slung at a “White Lives Matter” rally and even a fair number of exceedingly pro-2A people all across the country will glance sideways at someone open carrying a handgun into a Starbucks (let alone 3 handguns and 2 rifles).

  20. As Qinling Li, the author might or might not know, Reason, the publication certainly should know, the possession of Assault Rifles by the private citizen is restricted under Federal Law. Semiautomatic rifles are not subject to such federal restrictions. Additionally, some of the several states forbid possession/ownership of Assault Rifles by the private citizen while others do not. Given that the above stated is No Secret, how come the author is seemingly ignorant of the facts. Even more interesting is the following. How come Reason is seemingly ignorant of the facts also?

    As to Blacks or Negroes, whichever term is currently at the top of The Hit Parade, under Federal Law, Law Abiding Citizens, regardless of color, may possess firearms. The U.S.Constitution says the same thing as I understand that document. The fact that some states and or jurisdictions have opted to say otherwise is sad. Even sadder is the fact that the courts allow such transgressions, though for how much longer, who knows. The U.S. Supreme Court might well quit speaking from both sides of it’s mouth, such action from The Court being long overdue.

    In short, let’s quit the silly word games some opt to play, and properly utilize The English Language, which a great many of us share. It’s about time, I would think.

  21. Oops, the following slipped my mind. Given Federal Law, as it exists, while Mr. Holmes might well possess and carry a Semiautomatic Rifle, it’s unlikely, though not impossible that he legally possesses an Assault Rifle, the differences between the two should not be glossed over, as so often happens. As to Assault Weapons, being an even tempered individual, I await the definition thereof. Please, in such definition, be specific. This should not be overly difficult, as we are dealing with manufactured items, not things that grow wild in the forest right.

  22. Blacks seem to have plenty of guns in America and they tend to use them against other black people.

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  24. Black Americans, like all other citizens, have a right to keep and bear arms. I encourage them to do so. The more blacks who exercise their rights, the less likely the Democrats are to usurp those right through gun control. My grandfather in Arkansas had an old ‘73 Winchester that was originally purchased in bulk by a black community to protect itself from white Democrats bent on destroying them.

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  26. good for them…it’s about time they sacked up and drew a line in the sand. the leftists will strive mightily to disarm them, and everyone else, but let’s hope they stand firm and simply say no to the usurpation of their rights.

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    1. Should this election result in Democrat control over both houses and the executive branch, Barrett along with Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Alito will be the only thing standing between us and a great diminishment all of our current rights. And it will all be in the name of “progress” and a “great awokening.”

  27. …and it drives the leftist race-baiters nuts!

    Do we all remember “Chris,” the “racist hate-group member” who showed up to a Phoenix Obama rally in the summer of 2009 open-carrying his loaded AR15, painstakingly photographed by the liars in the MSM to purposely obscure the fact that he was black?

    https://youtu.be/fvBQDHqdCck?t=135

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