MCJ Editorial

Written by admin   // June 30, 2011   // 0 Comments

New concealed carry law will open a Pandora’s box of problems for minorities

You may want to think twice before debating a controversial topic in public with a friend or casual acquaintance.

The person you would be debating may be “strapped,” which—as most of you know—is a slang term for someone who is carrying a gun.

Too often, topical debates get heated, going from a respectful discourse, to angry epithets being shouted back and forth, to flying fists in the blink of an eye.

But thanks to the Republican controlled state legislature, bullets will more likely be flying instead of fists.

The legislature recently passed the Conceal Carry Bill, making it legal for Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons. Once signed, Wisconsin becomes the 49th state in the nation to have such a law.

Under the bill, the state Department of Justice would have to issue a gun permit to any resident over the age of 21 who underwent proper training and successfully passed a background check revealing no felony convictions.

To say the least, the bill—once signed by the governor—will open the proverbial Pandora’s box.

Expect to see an increase in the number of shootings—accidental or intentional—in and outside our community.

Also expect to see a large number of victims of these increased shooting incidences to be Black and/or Latino.

The law, to us, is part of the conservative agenda that is running roughshod over the state.

We don’t know for sure if the law is in response to fear of crime or fear of “non-White” individuals who are seen by the majority community as the stereotypical criminal element often depicted by the mass media, especially news programs and “talking-head” shows on one particular news network that paints minorities as soul-less thugs running amok in the streets.

If you do get into a debate, we ask that you choose your words carefully and be willing to lose the argument even though what you’re saying is correct. The person you’re debating might be “strapped.”

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