Co-host of “The View,” Joy Behar, suggested gun laws will only change in this country “once black people get guns.”

The comments came during a segment on the gun control legislation being debated in Congress.

Guest host Lindsey Granger told a story about a black man who had witnessed a home invasion at a neighbor’s house in Connecticut which prompted him to build his own AR-15.

Behar interjected and blindly declared, “Here’s the thing, once black people get guns in this country, the gun laws will change. Trust me.”

It’s difficult to ascertain what is more asinine about this comment – the wild misinformation that black people don’t own guns or the racist implication that armed blacks would be so scary that it would cause a national uprising.

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Joy Behar: Black People Don’t Own Guns

Recent statistics and demographics don’t back up Joy Behar’s insinuation that black people don’t own guns or, at least, don’t own enough to sway gun laws in America.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade organization, “customers of all demographic backgrounds” are part of a recent surge in gun sales.

“The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women who show a 58.2 percent increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year,” they wrote in a report at the time.

Odd that Congress didn’t see that report and immediately implement new gun control legislation.

In a follow-up report, the NSSF said those holding “stereotypes on American gun ownership” are “just wrong.”

“Today’s gun buyer looks more like the rest of America.”

Surely such knowledge would prompt racist Republicans to abolish the Second Amendment rather than defending it as they have, as Joy insinuated?

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Know Your History

Sunny Hostin chimed in and defended Behar by apparently citing an incident from over 55 years ago.

“That’s what happened with the Black Panthers,” Hostin said. “Know your history.”

Indeed, the Mulford Act was a 1967 California bill that prohibited the public carrying of loaded firearms without a permit.

The bill was in response to armed members of the Black Panther Party who were conducting armed patrols of Oakland neighborhoods. It was signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan.

Hostin’s reference to the Mulford Act is an inadvertent reminder that gun control in America – championed by Democrats – has a history of being racially motivated.

In his book ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,’ UCLA law professor Adam Winkler writes, “Few people realize it, but the Ku Klux Klan began as a gun-control organization.”

“After the Civil War, the Klan and other violent racist groups sought to reaffirm white supremacy, which required confiscating the guns blacks had obtained for the first time during the conflict,” he wrote.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice once shared a story in which her father and their neighbors used guns as a means to protect their community from Klan racists.

“Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” Rice said. “I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late fifties, early sixties. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham Police were going to protect you.”

“And so when White Knight Riders would come through our neighborhood,” she continued, “my father and his friends would take their guns and they’d go to the head of the neighborhood, it’s a little cul-de-sac and they would fire in the air, if anybody came through.”

Any idea where she told that story? She told that to Behar, Hostin, and the other ladies of “The View.”

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