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The racial divide and guns don’t mix
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By David Conde

The sale of guns in El Paso went through the roof after the attack at the Walmart store. An employee of a different store stated that before the incident, he sold 4 or 5 guns a day.

Afterward, he is selling 50-60 guns a day. People are afraid.

Also, there is a Latino that went to the gun store and bought 4 hand guns: one for himself, one for his wife and one for each of his two kids. All of this because there may be a person with a gun coming to his neighborhood, his street, or his home, to kill him and his family.

Gun ownership in Texas allows for free and open carry. The theory appears to be that the best way to deal with a “bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

At least that is the theory advanced by such organizations as the NRA. Well, how did that work in El Paso when the gunman opened fire and there were “good guys” with guns around?

There is another theory that states that the answer to gun violence is more guns. This theory implies that a safer country is a country armed to the teeth.

If that is the case, we should be among the safest countries in the world. After all, we own 120 guns for every 100 people.

Yet the report, Safest Countries in the World 2019, puts the United States 118th in a list of 151 nations. The factors for the report include: number of internal and external violent conflicts, level of distrust, political instability, potential for terrorist acts, the number of homicides and military expenditures as a percentage of GDP.

So, we are not as safe as people may think we are and the overwhelming number of guns, especially the military style weapons of mass destruction, are making us less secure every day. A compounding problem is the ethnic and racial politics that is now out in the open.

It has been documented that the majority, by far, of the mass killings in America are attributed to White supremacists. Egged on by the President of the United States, the violence and the killing promises to continue.

At this point, the attacks are being done by “Lone Wolves” who see themselves as followers of accepted national leadership. At the same time, we are seeing an increase of White militia groups running around the woods, trying to take federal lands and participating in rallies like that of Charlottesville, Virginia where they threatened Jews, people of color and religious minorities.

Charlottesville was a close call because one of these participants actually killed an innocent person and injured dozens of others with his car. What would happen however, when and if these terrorists actually attacked people they don’t like in their homes, businesses, towns and cities as groups rather than as individuals?

Do you think Latinos, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, Jews and other minorities would react with the restrain they are practicing now?

Our institutions are being tested in this regard as well as in other areas of the Constitutional order by an administration that is out of control. Institutions are the major protection against chaos.

I don’t put it past folks that see themselves as losing to go on the road to violence. They tried it before in something called the Civil War and lost.





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