Yay For White Privilege!

The Baltimore Sun publishes a piece by a woman whose judgment is... remarkable.
I'm less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore's illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by "the game."
So... segregation is a good thing now, from the white liberal perspective? 'You know, I'm not endorsing it, but it does keep me safe...'

Also, by the way since her framing story happens in Florida: those permitted gun owners in Florida are extremely well-behaved.
“Since 1987, the state of Florida has issued 2.5 million concealed-carry permits,” Raso says in his latest opinion piece for the NRA News network. “Of those, only 168 people have committed firearms crimes. That’s .00672 percent of the total amount issued.”*
It's not a bad idea to discuss gun safety with the parents of your children's friends, of course. You can make an informed judgment about whether you want your kids playing with them based on the outcomes of those conversations. What she wants instead is universal gun registration worked into a "searchable database" that would identify gun owners for her convenience -- or that of criminals who want to steal guns, or government officials who want to round them up. That's a much less reasonable proposal.

8 comments:

Eric Blair said...

She's either stupid or foolish or both.

Gringo said...

From the link:
Guns in the home are far more likely to be used accidentally, in suicides or family disputes than in self defense, according to studies based on anecdotal evidence.

But I thought that anecdote didn't count in trying to prove something.

I'm less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners.
I would like her to go to a black neighborhood and start shouting that.

ColoComment said...

I would like to ask her to walk down her busiest local commercial street and tell me which of the other pedestrians, shop owners, or those driving by are carrying concealed.

It makes me laugh when the complaint is that they're afraid of what legal gun owners/CCW permit holders might do, when they haven't a clue who is or is not carrying a weapon, and probably in their ignorance walk around multitudes of concealed weapons every day, without incident.

Ymar Sakar said...

The Leftist alliance is the real Concealed Weapon.

Edith Hook said...

I think the comment by this woman is more revealing of a failure in imagination and an inability to walk in someone else's shoes. It's rather typical of the one size fits all crowd.
As for her magnifying the threat by the law abiding citizens around her, it is not surprising for someone who lives a safe, insulated, and cocooned life.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

"...city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods..."

Ah, so that's how it works. I didn't know there were assigned quotas per neighborhood.

ColoComment said...

Found this just now & it nicely complements my comment above:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2016/01/09/man-sat-next-train-gun-owner-you-hate/aSTz3mB9lYC0n3xyObLd5L/story.html#comments

Grim said...

I try to combine concealed carry with clear indications that I'm not to be messed around with. I think it's only fair.