Dramatic gun control ad invokes painful memories of lynchings

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Star Parker: “Taking guns from the law-abiding many puts too much power in the hands of an ill-intended few.”
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The “Never Again Campaign’s” new 30-second ad supporting the Second Amendment was produced by Star Parker’s organization, CURE — Center for Urban Renewal and Education.

Against the backdrop of a young African-American being forced from his home by hooded Klansmen, the text begins, “Gun control is not a new idea in America.”

“A call for background checks invokes painful memories of Jim Crow and black codes,” the text continues, and as an example cites an 1865 Mississippi law that provided, “No freedman, Negro or mulatto shall carry or keep firearms or ammunition….”

As the young man who was ripped from the comfort of his home is being hanged from a tree, the video closes with a Parker quote, “Taking guns from the law-abiding many puts too much power in the hands of an ill-intended few.”

So far as I can tell, there’s been no criticism from the left — yet. However, when the National Rifle Association hired African-American gun rights activist and YouTube personality Colion Noir to join its team, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY was unimpressed.

“I think it’s an insult to the American people’s intelligence,” Rangel said on MSNBC, according to Mediaite.

“There’s no question” that the NRA “just creates things about minorities,” adding that “we don’t need these guns in the inner city and we don’t need assault weapons in the rural areas.”

Parker’s ad is both powerful and controversial — because it’s also painfully true.

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