Bradley Moore, American Renaissance, August 21, 2019
Black MSNBC pundit Joy Reid understands that demography is destiny. “If [NRA Chief Executive] Wayne LaPierre doesn’t understand that the next generation and the next will be unavailable to him and his vile philosophy, he needs a quick lesson in demographic math,” she wrote in February 2018. “One way or another, the NRA and its extremist ideology are on a path to extinction. And good riddance to them in advance.” She also says rural voters are a “core threat to our democracy.”
Sen. Kamala Harris wants “domestic terrorism prevention orders” to let police or family members petition a judge for temporary seizure of weapons if someone is showing signs of violence. This would allegedly “stop violent, hate-fueled attacks before they begin.” Such “orders” could be used against white conservatives if judges start assuming—as many liberals do—that racial dissent is inherently violent.
In May 2019, Sen. Cory Booker said he would make gun owners get a permit and pass an FBI background check. Permits would be good for just five years.
After the El Paso shooting, Sen. Booker blamed America’s inherent racism. “The act of anti-Latino and anti-immigrant hatred we witnessed this weekend did not start with the hand that pulled the trigger,” he said. “Seeds were planted in fertile soil, because the contradictions that have shadowed this country since its founding remain a part of who we are.” He wants a White House Office on Hate Crimes and White Supremacist Violence and an IRS investigation of the NRA. He also would set up a group of “community stakeholders”—presumably left-wing activists—to bully federal agencies
Beto O’Rourke said the El Paso attack was “fueled by the racist rhetoric of Donald Trump.” He wants a nationwide gun licensing system, universal background checks, federal “red flag” laws, and domestic terrorism offices in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. He would also make large social media companies “create systems designed to remove hateful” content.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants a mandatory buyback program for “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines. She would prosecute unwilling sellers: “You don’t want to grandfather in all the assault weapons that are all across America.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also wants mandatory buyback.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said President Trump “at best condones and encourages white nationalism.” And at worst? He said America is “under attack from home grown white nationalist terrorists” and wants universal background checks, an “assault weapons” ban, and voluntary buyback. His “Douglass Plan” would dismantle “racist structures and systems” said to be holding back blacks—in other words, turn the entire government into a massive anti-racism program.
Of course, many Democrats think practically all white conservatives, including the president, are “white nationalists.” If you believe that, it’s logical to link “white nationalism” and gun ownership. Eighty-two percent of American gun owners are white, according to a 2013 Pew study. A recent Gallup poll found 61 percent of Republicans live in a household with firearms; just 28 percent of Democrats do. Fifty-three percent of conservatives live in a gun household; 29 percent of liberals do. Half of whites live in a gun household, compared to fewer than a third of blacks or Hispanics.
In 2014, Pew asked whether it was more important to “[protect] the right of Americans to own guns or [control] gun ownership.” Hispanics favored gun control by 62 percent to 36 percent and blacks by 71 percent to 26 percent. Whites supported gun rights by 59 percent to 39 percent.
Professor Adam Winkler at UCLA wrote in 2015 that the “NRA’s fall” is inevitable due to “demographics.” He said 80 percent of registered Asian American voters want stricter gun laws, as well as majorities of blacks and Hispanics. Unless it compromised, Professor Walker says, the NRA is “likely to become increasingly marginalized in a changing America.”
If mass non-white immigration continues, he’s right. Democrats link guns to “white nationalist terrorists,” so whites would be the first to lose Second Amendment rights, but if Democrats have their way, no private citizen will own guns.