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Gun Control Won't Happen Because of Profit-driven Racism

NRA propaganda whipping up fear of Black and Latino people for gun industry profits is behind crazy permissive gun laws.

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Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot to death are all over the news today, but history tells us that the public reaction to the most recent massacre will go away in a few weeks. This is why the NRA keeps quiet.

The Parkview massacre is related to the massacre that happens every day in predominantly Black and Latino inner cities in one key way: gun manufacturers and their lobby, the NRA, have made sure that this country is awash with millions of weapons, many illegal and many more that should be illegal.

Gang members in inner cities don't use pistols or assault rifles stolen from grandpa's attic. They have the latest weapons and ammunition. How? Straw sales. Weapons are distributed to gun stores where they are purchased legally by people who then sell the weapons illegally to the people who sell them to the gangs.

The simplest way to achieve the "well-regulated" militia specified in the Second Amendment is to hold firearms and ammunition manufacturers responsible for their chain of sale. It would be a very easy thing to trace serial numbers to gun shops where the last legal sale occurred. If the manufacturers were liable, they would fix this overnight by not selling weapons to gun stores that are known outlets for straw sales. Ammunition could be barcoded and tracked similarly.

The Republican Congress, however, has moved in the opposite direction, passing laws that protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

American massacres with legally purchased guns have one common theme – large capacity magazines. I am a veteran, I earned an expert pistol medal and I am a master rated rifleman. From that perspective I can tell you no American needs a magazine with more than a five-round capacity. Today, I can go to the store and buy an AR-15 with a 100-round drum magazine and a bump stock (making the AR an automatic weapon, which was used in the Las Vegas massacre). All I need is my Florida driver's license. Lunacy.

It would be easy to enforce a law against large capacity magazines, even though there are millions of them in circulation right now. In New Jersey, if you cause an accident where people are hurt and you have no car insurance, you go to jail immediately. Same thing should happen for possession of large capacity magazines. Go to jail for 30 days. Immediately.

Many people have no idea how we got here or why we're seemingly stuck.

Money and racism is the answer. If you compare weapons manufacturing with the number of legal weapons owners, there's a gap. The gap is those weapons that end up being sold to gang members and other criminals. It's hundreds of millions of dollars a year. There's more money to be made – our country has come a long way since police carried six-round revolvers – police are militarized, every Podunk police department has a SWAT team. More hundreds of millions of dollars are being made selling military capable weapons to fight the 50-year-old racist (and failed) war on drugs. Billions more in annual sales.

Further, the NRA specializes in creating propaganda to whip up fear – fear of Black and Latino marauders. This is what's behind their support of Trump. Trump's hate speech against every minority group feeds right into the fears of scared racist white people who are the president's core 35 percent support. A perfect circular partnership.

Meanwhile, over 80 percent of white people are killed by other white people.

It is racism that feeds both desire for guns and refusal to enact logical gun control. And racism is responsible for the massacre of inner city citizens and students in leafy suburbs.

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Students Wearing MAGA Hats Disrespect Native American Elder: Video

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall,'" said Nathan Phillips, who is a Vietnam veteran.

Screen shot of Instagram video by Kaya Taitano

Students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, K.Y., were in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the anti-abortion March for Life rally. When they encountered Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, at the Lincoln Memorial, they mocked him.

The incident occurred as the Indigenous Peoples March was ending. Videos showing their despicable behavior went viral on social media on Saturday.

What is particularly disturbing to watch is one of the students, standing less than a foot away, trying to intimidate Phillips by staring him down with a mocking smirk on his face. Phillips was in the midst of drumming and singing a song of unity:

Kaya Taitano, who shot the video, told CNN that MAGA hat-wearing-students and four Black teens, who'd been preaching about the Bible nearby, started yelling and calling each other names. That's why Phillips started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

President Trump, whom the students apparently idolize, posted a tweet last week to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who plans to run for president in the 2020 election.

Trump made fun of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in response to a video Warren posted on Instagram.

Phillips, a Vietnam veteran who said he served between 1972 and 1976, is in tears as he explains in a video how the incident on Friday made him feel:

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall, build that wall.' This in indigenous land. You know, we're not supposed to have walls here. We never did …"

He continued, "Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders. We took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong."

He said he wishes the young men who taunted him would use "that energy to make this country really great."

Robert "Bob" Rowe is the principal of Covington Catholic High School (email: browe@covcath.org).

An investigation is now taking place, and the MAGA teens could be expelled. The Diocese of Covington and the high school issued the following statement on Saturday:

"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding changes at the high school.

Many are saying on social media that the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students mimics how whites tried to intimidate Blacks during the civil rights movement:

Soul Legend Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. There's mixed reactions on social media.

Gladys Knight

It has been confirmed that legendary soul singer, Gladys Knight, will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 3.

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Vermont Continues to Fail Black Legislator Racially Harassed By White Nationalist

Kiah Morris resigned from her position because of the harassment, but Vermont's attorney general said he will not file charges against the perpetrators, including Max Misch.

Kiah Morris was the only Black woman in the Vermont House of Representatives, until she resigned from her position in September, after enduring years of racially motivated harassment.

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Update: White Man Who Assaulted 11-Year-Old Black Girl is Due in Court Next Month

David Steven Bell's attorney said he wasn't motivated by anything other than defending himself, but nothing spells racist like referring to a group of Black girls as "a pack of youth who trapped and surrounded" his client.

David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.

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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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Roku Pulls Racist 'Infowars' After Social Media Backlash

Alex Jones, founder of Infowars, has also been accused of sexual harassment. He allegedly grabbed a Black employee's backside saying: "Who wouldn't want a Black wife?"

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Six months after major social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter banned Alex Jones' Infowars, Roku, a streaming service, added a channel for the show's 24 million users. Apparently, there has been a channel for the show on Roku for years, according to Roku spokesman Eric Savitz.

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