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Professor Thanks 'Four Black Men And A Gun.'

Publication Date: 
July 22, 2010
San Franciso Examiner
David Codrea

A blogger from the San Francisco Examiner comments on Professor Marcus Cole’s opinion on gun control rights:

"I thought I should take a moment to mention four Americans who have made a relatively uncelebrated contribution to the freedom I cherish and enjoy," Stanford Law Professor Marcus Cole writes at "I owe a special debt to four black men, and one gun."

Which four men? And why?

The first was his father, who, after being severely beaten in front of his children to the point of needing reconstructive surgery, bought a gun.

There were no more incidents, at least not any that I can recall, after my father exercised his Second Amendment right. It was his contribution to “non-violence” in our neighborhood.

Indeed. Read this tribute. And learn of the other influences acknowledged by Professor Cole:

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who maintained "[c]itizenship...rested upon three boxes: 'the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.'”

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who "bravely read the constitution the way it was written, with little regard for how his opinion would be attacked from both the left and the right. His opinion acknowledged that the right to bear arms was clearly one contemplated by the framers of the 'privileges or immunities' clause."

Otis McDonald, who pressed the recent landmark Supreme Court case and "is that black man, the fourth to whom I owe so much. As I attempt to raise my two sons to be strong, confident and secure Christian men, I am grateful that this 76-year-old grandfather fought for my right to protect them from those who might try to do them harm."

As the truism goes, slaves don't own guns. The Second Amendment is the ultimate right of all free men.

All too often we see media-crowned "leaders" within both the black and the academic communities who reject the wisdom Marcus Cole shares with us here, and instead disparage and attack the right to keep and bear arms as both a way of obtaining attention and maintaining their political influence. And all too often we see true leaders who reject marching in politically correct lockstep ostracized and repudiated by that faction.

So there is one other black man I would like to thank: Professor Cole, although, in truth, I look forward to the day when the color notation is considered irrelevant.

Bravo, sir. I appreciate the bravery you show, "with little regard for how [your] opinion would be attacked."