Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Gunless: Disarmament in the Hood
Recent media accounts have reported and documented that during the Obama presidency unlike any other modern day presidency the gun sales in our nation have been brisk with sales of guns in excess of 65,000,000. The overwhelming purchasers of these guns have been white males. The proliferation of guns in our society has been stunning and staggering . America even before the election of it's first person of color was and remains the number #1 Arms Merchant on the planet. Our arms industry is the greatest manufacturer in the world when it comes to armaments and weapons of destruction. The gun lobbies from the NRA to those who shill to supply the Defense Department is unparallel. There is right now in the country a frenzy surrounding guns it stings the air with fear and in many venues a giddy aroma.
America is where democracy is exported often at the barrel of a gun. Our Department of Defense budget comes close to a trillion dollars a year every year. Our society is a culture where violence is worshipped and exported . In America the gun is worshipped as a sacred artifact. The fervor for guns is beyond any sense of reason and borders on insanity. Gun violence not only destroys lives but the health costs of gun violence is in the billions. The reality of suicides and gun mishaps in the homes of families is tragic and senseless.
It is critical that as a nation and culture we must take a life altering posture and position towards the possession and ownership of guns especially in communities of color where the carnage of guns is creating a killing fields. Many have even uttered the words that in Black venues folks are engaged in a self destructive community inflicted ethic cleansing . Into this gun abyss the staff of PLANE IDEAS has endorsed the total confiscation of all guns. We support government mandated gun confiscation ASAP.
For Black folks in many venues across the country we need to have a calibrated examination and analysis of gun confiscation. What is more lethal for the Black community and progressives, gun ownership where the majority of guns are owned by the majority population( read Whites) or the absence of all gun ownership even guns owned by Blacks and progressives.
We have to ask as a change agents which is safer and more secure for us as a people and a community. Clearly the loss of life at the hand of guns owned by the majority against Blacks and progressives is greater than the loss of life by Blacks against Blacks. Gun confiscation means a longer mortality and morbidity in the face of gun violence. Our communities are more secure and safe from gun violence with the absence of guns than the ownership and possession of guns in our homes and in the community .
Arguments that if Blacks give up guns it makes them vulnerable to the majority is still not as lethal or dangerous than guns overwhelmingly owned by whites.
We are safer as a community when NO ONE OWNS A GUN!. Gun Confiscation saves lives in both normal and crisis situations in our country even if the majority population wants to start a race riot without guns they cannot kill in with the same degree and scope even in a martial law race war scenario. Millions of whites with no guns is safer than the converse.
It is critical that the Black Community in America come to the reality that the proliferation of gun sales simply is not in our best interest and puts all of us at risk! Even the raw notion of the government taking away and confiscating all guns is still a more secure and safer proposition than the presence of millions of guns in a troubled and uncertain post industrial racial era.
Guns and people kill the absence of people with guns is less killing. It is that simple. Gun Confiscation is the best practice and policy in the new era for the living and sanctity of life in America especially for Blacks and progressives.
Gunless is the way to go. Disarmament Now!!