Opinion: New gun control laws are a form of institutional racism. Here’s why.

Opinion: New gun control laws are a form of institutional racism. Here’s why.

(Courtesy of San Diego Police Department) Guns and cash discovered Wednesday at a Normal Heights home. SWAT officers and narcotics detectives raided the 32nd Street home as part of a two-month drug investigation. Schwartz is executive director of San Diego County Gun Owners, a political action committee. You’ve heard of “institutional racism.” The phrase is heated, controversial and divisive in the usual partisan way. However, I’m here to tell you that new gun-control laws are a form of institutional racism. That’s right. We provide this platform for community commentary free of charge. Thank you to all the Union-Tribune subscribers whose support makes our journalism possible. If you are not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today. Institutional racism describes the negative, debilitating effects implemented by an institution, such as a government, on a particular racial group. Consider this question: Which racial groups suffer the most as a result of extreme gun-control laws? When ignorant and arrogant politicians proudly pass new gun-control laws, who is most affected? What does institutional racism have to do with gun laws? Here’s the answer: When elected officials pass more and increasingly extreme gun laws, all with harsh and lasting penalties, the results show that it’s people of color, especially Black men, who suffer the effects and are disproportionately incarcerated because of it. Living life as a felon and long-term incarceration have a debilitating negative impact. Gun violations make up a disproportionate number of convictions of those incarcerated. Taking a look at some facts: In […]

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