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Is the Second Amendment Color Blind?

Kyle Rittenhouse and double-standards in the enforcement of U.S. gun laws.

If Kyle Rittenhouse had been Black, would he have been allowed to patrol the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, carrying a loaded AR-15?

“I'm a Black man and I've never been able to walk down the street with a gun," the writer and activist Richard Franklin III said in a recent panel discussion with Roundtable's Rob Nelson. "White men are allowed to carry guns in America with impunity. Everyone else, beware." 

Bill Blum, a former California state judge who writes at Blum’s Law, noted that the Gun Control Act of 1968 followed closely on the heels of the Black Panthers' promotion of guns for community and individual self-defense in Black neighborhoods. "Guns and race are not separate issues," he said. "They overlap." 

Cliff Schecter, a journalist who has covered gun policy for decades, noted that the National Rifle Association routinely deploys racial tropes in promoting guns and gun culture. "The NRA sells guns using inflammatory language," he said. "The strategy is to play on race to scare people." 

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Schecter went on to note that the vast majority of Americans support common-sense gun reforms opposed by the organized gun lobby. "You can't get Americans to agree on what ice cream they want to eat, but 90% of the country agrees on universal background checks. On registration of firearms, it's above 70% in every poll, state after state." 

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