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Guns Race

As an African American woman, the idea of more scared folks armed with guns is pretty frightening. I thought in writing this article, I would begin by presenting some fictional scenarios. Imagine this:.. As an African American woman, the idea of more scared folks armed with guns is pretty frightening. I thought in writing this article, I would begin by presenting some fictional scenarios. Imagine this:

You’re walking to the parking lot in a suburban shopping mall. You get to your car and a person is getting out of the passenger side of the car parked next to you. She screams when she sees you, reaches and gets a gun. As you’re riding to the hospital in an ambulance, you can remember hearing her say to the police that she was frightened, and that you “looked like” you were thinking about doing something to her.

You’re driving down the street and you accidentally bump the car in front of you at the stoplight. You get out to see if there is any damage. You go to reach inside of your purse or jacket to get an ink pen to write down the insurance information when suddenly, you hear shots ring out and you feel blood running down your face.

Yes, these are graphic descriptions. However, they are not out of the realm of possibility. The Senate File 842 which is the conceal and carry bill, is an add-on to the natural resources bill. I wanted to know how people on the street were thinking about the bill. The Chief Author of which is Pariseau, along with Olson, Marty, Saxhaug and Neuvillebill. The bill basically provides for Minnesota state government regulation in the enactment of the Minnesota Citizens’ Personal Protection Act of 2003. “Recognizing the inherent right of law-abiding citizens to self-protection through the lawful use of self-defense; providing a system under which responsible, competent adults can exercise their right to self-protection by authorizing them to obtain a permit to carry a pistol; providing that persons convicted of crimes of violence are prohibited from possessing, receiving, shipping, or transporting firearms for the remainder of the person’s lifetime; providing criminal penalties;”

I asked folks a couple of simple questions. “How do you feel about the possibility of a new conceal and carry law?” “Do you feel that you will be safer?” The following were their responses: People need to have protection in their home if they have children, but I Don’t know. I don’t have a gun in my home. I might consider having one now. Karen (White female)

This whole thing is wrong. People are going to act like they’re afraid and just shoot somebody, and there are going to be a lot more so-called “accidents.” Oscar (Black male)

I don’t know. It depends. If there are more weapons in the United States, more weapons will mean more danger. Sai, (Asian male)

It’s the worse thing that ever happened. Simply because with crime continually increasing, does having more weapons mean more police power or is it citizen power? And once you carry a weapon, a concealed weapon, the danger increases even more. Thomas (Black male)

Mixing more weapons with alcohol [consumption] I mean to me it’s just lethal. I think about young people and what this will mean. Jean (White female)

It’s not going to really do us any good anyway. You already have to go through a bunch of stuff to get a permit to carry a gun. They already don’t want to give us permission to carry bullets in the trunk or a weapon in the glove compartment. [Laughing as he says] Carry it concealed? They don’t care about Black people anyway. If some White person gets scared of you and calls the police, the police are going to have you down on the ground and it doesn’t matter if you have a permit to carry a gun. You’re going to jail. That gun law isn’t for us. I don’t feel safer. I’ve always said there’s going to be a civil war breaking out right over here all over again. It’s really scary because they’re disarming us and arming themselves. I just feel that we better get ready. You see all of the White business owners are getting guns, and if they see a N—-

May 5, 2003
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