Skip to comments.JESSE JACKSON: Can America Break Its Gun Addiction? (No puedes inventar esto)
Posted on 09/22/2019 12:36:55 PM PDT by Eddie01
After mass shootings in Southaven, Mississippi; Dayton, Ohio; and Midland, El Paso and Odessa, Texas, public demand for sensible gun reform once more soared.
And once more, Republican politicians, led by President Donald Trump, were intimidated into inaction by the gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association.
Remarkably, it was Americas largest retailer Walmart that exhibited the courage politicians lacked.
It was in a Walmart store in El Paso where a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle, roused by the hate-filled rhetoric about a Latino invasion of our country, shot 48 people, killing 22.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, a lifelong hunter, realized that they had to take action to protect workers and customers in their stores. Walmart announced that it would ban open carry of guns in its stores.
In addition, it would discontinue selling handgun ammunition and ammunition that can be used in large-capacity clips on assault-style weapons. This was no small step.
The NRA and other gun lobbies immediately called on members to boycott Walmart. Walmart itself projected that it would lose about half of its ammunition sales with this decision and also called on the federal government to act to strengthen background checks and to consider reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban.
Walmarts action moved other retailers to act, as Kroger, the nations largest grocery chain, CVS, Walgreens and Wegmans also announced bans on open carry. (Other chains like Target, Starbucks and Chipotle have had policies against open carry for years.)
The laws on open carry and concealed carry of handguns vary from state to state, but open carry is legal in most states, often without any requirement for a permit.
Walmarts example should now lead to a broader nonviolent movement to limit the carrying of guns, even as citizens push for legislative reforms at the state and national level.
In many states, like Texas, open carry is legal in churches. Churches across the country should follow Walmarts lead and post signs banning the carrying of guns open or concealed on church property.
On university campuses, states laws vary dramatically, but most allow institutions to limit open or concealed carry. Students across the country should ensure that their university has acted to limit guns to the extent the laws allow.
At athletic events, again laws vary. Generally, it is illegal to carry guns into professional athletic events from the NFL to the MLB.
Most states also ban guns from high school or interscholastic sporting events. But as a college level, laws vary.
In many states, concealed carry is legal unless the university posts signs banning guns. Surely every campus should act to keep guns out of the stands at athletic events.
If more retailers follow Walmart, and if churches and universities and concert halls and movie theaters act to ban weapons from their premises, a movement for common sense gun regulation can continue to build.
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called America the most violent nation on earth, he was widely condemned, but he was right. No other nation suffers the level of gun violence that we endure. No other nation fights in as many wars on as many continents as we do.
Other nations savaged by civil war or outside invasion may suffer greater casualties in a conflict, but we have made violence and victims of violence routine.
King argued that we have a choice in the end between nonviolence and nonexistence.
The only hope for sensible gun regulation is to challenge the corruption represented by the NRA by nonviolent demonstrations and action, enlisting the overwhelming majority of Americans in a movement for change.
You dumb fk.
How about all who irrefutably commit murder with a fire arm during the commission of a crime enjoy a public execution within 48 hours?
Black lives don’t matter as much as latino lives.
Americans are addicted to liberty.
Liberals are addicted.to government.
Jesse, you live half your time in Chicago.
Haven’t the slightest idea of how to put a picture up here, so a little help is needed.
I’m wondering if the dear Reverend is okay with these guns?
...King argued that we have a choice in the end between nonviolence and nonexistence..
We have a choice between being a victim or not.
Until government takes that choice away.
I thought Jesse Jackson died? Is this felon junior? Anxious to disarm law-abiding African-Americans? How’s that working in Chicago and elsewhere around the US?
Can America’s “teens” break their addiction of attacking and killing elderly white people and lone white people who are sucker punched?
STFU You race baiting money grubbing hack
It’s a freedom addiction, Jesse.
A gun is freedom from the tyranny of men.
I will never give up my freedom, Jesse.
Makes one wonder what the shakedown angle is on this gambit. The man is always after the easy money.
Here’s a guaranteed way to cut violent crime in half. Prohibit blacks from possessing firearms. Over half of all violent crimes involving a gun are committed by blacks.
What? You don’t like that? Why? Because it unconstitutionally deprives blacks of their right to self defense?
So if you make everyone equally defenseless then it’s okay?
Can urban America break its gangs, drugs, welfare, and murder addiction?
Why don’t you ask your homies in Baltimore? Or Chicago?
Perhaps Jesse should tell his homies to quit stealing guns and murdering people.
see “how to add images” on that page
Guns are tools but not for fools.
When you and your Thug Party stop threatening to kill us, take our property, steal everything we’ve worked for.... THEN we’ll maybe THINK about breaking our “Gun Addiction”.
But on second thought, no... probably not. GFYourself.
Tell you what, Jackson......YOU and NotSo Sharpton give up your RACE CARDs for about 10 years or so and then come back and talk to us.
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