So says Kansas City Star newspaper reporter Jason Whitlock, who, as a guest on a call-in radio show, compared the National Rifle Association (NRA) to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), as he further expounded on his support of gun control after sportscaster Bob Costas used Whitlock's anti-gun column as a reference as Bob Costas spoke in favor of banning handguns while announcing an NFL game on Monday night.
Whitlock said the following:
You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture, I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].What is ironic is that the first gun control laws in the United States were passed in order to keep guns out of the hands of black slaves (and newly-freed blacks after the Civil War), and these gun control laws were fully supported by none other than the KKK. I love that passive language of his: "the arming of so many black youths...." So who exactly is arming them? The NRA? Is the NRA walking down the streets of the ghettos and handing out guns to the poor wayward youth who would be sitting in church and feeding widows and orphans were it not for that dastardly NRA? And is Whitlock also saying that the NRA is handing out drugs at the same time?
I was thinking about this as I drove home from work today. I have been planning for quite a while to make a certain purchase, and after listening to a clip of Whitlock's comments - you know, the one where he called me a racist for owning guns - I decided that today was the day.
So, late this afternoon, I purchased this:
I paid a mere $700 for that beautiful thing. That is a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport. It is a semi-automatic rifle that fires the NATO 5.56x45mm (.223 Remington) round. It has a sliding adjustable stock, and peep-style iron sights, with the rear sight having the ability to be flipped up or down. There is mounting rail on top if I ever want to switch from iron sights to an optic sight. This rifle is essentially the same as the M16A2 that I fired during my years in the Army. Thanks to California's insane gun laws, I won't be able to pick up my new rifle for another ten days. I will just have to longingly stare at this picture until then.
If you are in the market for a firearm, I highly recommend going to The Gun Range, which is located near Watt Ave. and I-80. Here is their website.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson