The Nation: Depressing to See Black and White Americans Unite Against Gun Control

RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 20: Gun rights advocates attend a rally organized by The Virginia Citizens Defense League on Capitol Square near the state capitol building on January 20, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. During elections last year, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam promised to enact sweeping gun control laws in 2020, …
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The Nation is running a column this week which laments that black and white Americans have united in common cause against gun control.

The column, written by the outlet’s justice correspondent, Elie Mystal, points out that a group of urban, black criminal defense attorneys have joined a fight against New York gun control that was heretofore led by “mostly upstate and rural” New Yorkers.

The black criminal defense attorneys are from “the Bronx Defenders, the Brooklyn Defender Services, and the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid.”

Mystal observes:

In a decent world, upstate white people and downstate Black people would agree about, I don’t know, the fundamental equality of all peoples, or the dignity of labor, or WAP, or literally anything else. The fact that these two interest groups have found common cause in obliterating state gun regulations is just a depressing example of why we can’t have nice things.

He goes on to note that he finds it “even more depressing” that the black attorney’s arguments against gun control are sound. He notes they “argue that New York’s gun licensing requirements unconstitutionally deprive poor people of their rights to bear arms and give law enforcement an excuse to harass and incarcerate otherwise law-abiding Black and brown citizens, severely penalizing them for the kind of minor misconduct white people routinely get away with.”

On July 18, 2021, Breitbart News observed Latino Rifle Association founder P.B. Gomez’s warning that new gun controls in San Jose,  California, could hurt minorities. Gomez specifically focused on San Jose’s new liability insurance requirement for gun owners, suggesting that police’s approach to the insurance enforcement will impact the poor and people of color the most, as they are prone to police contact.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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