…and has been for quite some time.
This :30 spot, which went up on YouTube today and was linked by the Dead Pelican, is one reason why…
We’ve been waiting for some time for black conservative politicians not named Allen West to offer a full-throated 2nd Amendment push. Guillory, who most folks think might have been a party-switcher to the GOP some time ago but for the makeup of his district (he withstood a fairly stiff challenge from Donald Cravins in 2011, winning by a 56-44 margin), flies in the face of the black political establishment by identifying himself thus, and it’s great to see.
Because let’s face it – gun control has an extremely sordid and racist history. The first gun control in this country was aimed at keeping slaves from being able to have guns, for fear of a successful slave revolt. Next came the Klan, who demanded gun control because they found it inconvenient for blacks, Jews, Catholics and Republicans to use guns to defend themselves against cross-burnings on their lawns or the occasional lynching. And now, it’s generally rich white liberals who want gun control not because they’re afraid of Tea Partiers or nouveau-riche suburban Republicans, but rather black people with guns.
The patent racism involved in all of these never-ending attempts to deprive us of our 2nd Amendment rights simply screams out for a black conservative to come along and demand those rights be respected in his community because after all, all the bad guys have guns and the law-abiding folks in those bad neighborhoods can’t count on the police to protect them. And nobody seems to be asking the white suburban Republicans to give up their rights.
Guillory may not be ready to go whole hog with that message. But a new generation of Louisiana’s black conservatives, one we can’t get launched into politics fast enough, need to pick up what he’s doing with the 2nd Amendment and carry the message not just in the traditional “I’m pro-gun” way but into the face of the political establishment in cities like New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport.