Republican Senators’ New Argument Against Stronger Gun Control: It’s Racist

Republican Senators’ New Argument Against Stronger Gun Control: It’s Racist

Greg Nash / Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz listens during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on March 23 in Washington, DC. WASHINGTON — Republicans are taking up the language of social justice as they dig in against universal background checks and other policies designed to limit access to firearms. As the country processes two deadly mass shootings in back-to-back weeks and reckons with growing rates of violence against Asian Americans, Republicans are shifting to oppose gun control measures on the basis of protecting Black, Latino, and Asian communities. GOP senators on Tuesday framed gun control as part of a long and racist history of restricting the rights of minority groups during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. While they still put forward traditional arguments that gun laws infringe on Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding gun owners, much of their questions to witnesses focused on minority communities needing guns to protect themselves. “Very often, inevitably in American history but even prior to American history, we’ve seen it’s rarely the empowered, very rarely the wealthy or those with political connections to the government, who have their rights interfered with,” said Republican Sen. Mike Lee. Chris Cheng, a witness invited by Senate Republicans and a sports shooter who won the season four championship of the History Channel show Top Shot , related gun control to a historic pattern of infringing on minority rights that included the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War […]

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