A Supreme Court ruling on 2nd Amendment could lead to more deaths of Black people | Solomon Jones

A Supreme Court ruling on 2nd Amendment could lead to more deaths of Black people | Solomon Jones

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty on July 13, 2013. Last summer, for the first time in my five-plus decades of life, I purchased a firearm to protect my home. I did so not because of the violence in the urban communities that have shaped me. I did so because I felt that America’s racism was about to boil over in violence. I’d watched with growing alarm as Donald Trump’s lies and racist rhetoric emboldened white supremacists. Goaded by Trump, they spoke their hate and laid siege to the capital in Michigan. By August 2020, I’d seen enough, writing that “President Donald Trump has emboldened America’s racists, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be irresponsible to leave my family defenseless.” Five months later, when an overwhelmingly white mob armed with weapons, Confederate flags and other racist symbols stormed the capital in an attempt to overturn the election, I was proven right. If such people could attack the very seat of democracy and assault armed police officers in the process, they could surely go further if given the chance. » READ MORE: I bought my first gun because I no longer feel safe in America | Solomon Jones That’s why I’m concerned that the Supreme Court is preparing to hear a challenge to a New York state law limiting the right to carry concealed handguns to those who can demonstrate special need to do so. If the conservative-leaning court strikes […]

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