Republicans’ Latest Anti-Gun-Control Excuse: It Hurts Minorities

Republicans’ Latest Anti-Gun-Control Excuse: It Hurts Minorities

By BILL CLARK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images. If you’ve paid any attention at all to the Republican Party recently or not so recently, one thing you’ve probably noticed is that racism is basically one of its core tenets. Whether it’s suppressing the Black vote, glorifying lynchings , whitewashing history , or just coming out and saying they’re afraid of Black people, members of the GOP’s feelings about nonwhite people are clear. Yet according to Republican lawmakers, they care deeply about minorities and other disenfranchised groups, which is why they are…opposing gun control legislation. During Tuesday’s hearing on gun violence—in the wake of two mass shootings in the span of a week—Senator Mike Lee explained that the party refuses to restrict access to guns because it would infringe on the rights of minority communities. Per BuzzFeed : 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 senator Mike Lee. Chris Cheng, a witness invited by Senate […]

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