Now, c'mon. Are they trying to say there is such a thing as a law-abiding citizen who wears baggy pants and cornrows? Is there something wrong with identifying the "gangsta stereotype" and declaring them prohibited persons?
Law-abiding African Americans and Hispanics would take it on the chin under a bill now moving through the Illinois General Assembly. Sponsored by Rep. Harry Osterman (D-14), HB6123 would prohibit any person or entity from selling a firearm to a so-called "street gang member." This prohibition applies even if the individual has passed a Brady Law FBI background check. Making a prohibited sale would result in Class 1 felony charges and possible jail time for the seller. Although the ISRA supports genuine efforts to curb criminal violence, the organization is strongly opposed to HB6123 as the bill's provisions are arbitrary and pose an unreasonable intrusion on the rights of law-abiding Illinois citizens.
"HB6123 promotes racial profiling at its worst," commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "Popular culture has branded urban minorities with the 'gangsta' stereotype that is pervasive well beyond the confines of actual criminal enterprises. Today's fashion, music, slang and lifestyle are all heavily influenced by the urban experience. Given that the provisions of HB6123 establish no test for determining 'street gang' membership, and given the harsh penalties for violating the proposed law, it is understandable that retailers would shy away from selling firearms to persons whose speech, dress, mannerisms, or taste in music reflect the urban lifestyle."
Those were jokes. Those were examples of the sometimes elusive Mikeb humor.
The only thing good about a law like this is it finally gives me an opportunity to point out a gun control law that I don't support.
What's your opinion? Is this an example of the racism inherent in the gun control movement? That's interestingly ironic since we often point the racist stick at the pro-gun folks.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.