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The big white gun Lie

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The big white gun Lie

By Kevin Palmer

The debate over gun ownership was never about the second amendment. It was about Jefferson’s fear of White extermination. However, in order to seize upon this fear, right-wing politicians and gun manufacturers have successfully deceived the masses and used the second amendment as a slogan for political advantage and profit. Their success has only validated the words of Adolph Hitler, who said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

However, honest scholars know the second amendment only applies to the military, not civilians. A passage in the 1777 Articles of Confederation, which were signed by many of the founders who later signed the U.S. Constitution, refutes the lie. Article 6, section 4 states, “Nor shall anybody of forces be kept up…except such number…deemed requisite to garrison the forts necessary for the defense of such State, but every State shall always keep up a well- regulated militia, sufficiently armed and accoutered [clothed].” Clearly, there was nothing to debate.

Nevertheless, there was something to hide, the reason for the big lie which is explained by history Professor Dr. Staughton Lynd in his work, Why the United States Did Not Abolish Slavery. Dr. Lynd wrote, “Thomas Jefferson…was unable to imagine an America in which free Whites and free Blacks would live together as equals and fellow citizens.” Quoting Jefferson, “Deep-rooted prejudices are entertained by Whites, ten thousand recollections of the Blacks of injuries they have sustained…will divide us into parties and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.”

Indeed, the election of Donald Trump and skyrocketing gun sales bear witness to the Jeffersonian fear.

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