By Elmer G. Roldan, @grand.supreme.chapin
600,000 people have been killed by guns in America since 1999: the year that Dr. Dre released The Chronic 2001.
358,000 of those were suicides. The rest were victims of what we see in movies and listen to in our music: bang, bang, muthafucka!
That’s almost as many tamales as your mom makes for Christmas and almost as many firecrackers as Latinos pop each year from June 15 through July 23rd!
Oh, you want a serious example? Dodger Stadium seats 56,000 people. Now imagine filling it up with dead bodies, eleven times over.
The people we elected to represent us in the U.S. Congress have failed to stop the bodies from piling up.
Some say they can’t, but sure they can. The government regulates a lot of things and they choose not to regulate guns. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of goods and services that are regulated more heavily than guns:
1. Taxes- those at the top pay zero and those at the bottom are too poor to pay – so the middle gets all the joys of paying more than their fair share.
2. Labor Laws- everything including how long employees work, how much they get paid, and workplace safety, etc.
3. Toys- your kid’s, not your sex toys. There are heavier regulations on the former.
4. Anti-Trust Laws- corporations wanna make sure they can fuck consumers, they just need to know they ain’t fucking each other.
5. Advertising- they can’t purposefully lie to you to get you to buy their products, but can intentionally curve the truth to make you believe their commercials
So, if the government goes out of its way to regulate our lives under the guise of “public safety” with so many other chingaderas, why is it having such a hard time keeping guns away from killers?
The answer is simple: America fears Black Men.
Don’t get me wrong, America is afraid of vatos locos and Asian mafiosos too, but it’s really afraid of Black men.
You can blame law enforcement agencies, Hollywood, and virtually every goddamn police show on television for amping up the false personification of the “worst criminals in America”.
The greatest show ever made, The Wire, got it right when they described the all-inclusive suspect by using the acronym “BNBG”.
America’s biggest fear is that big Black gangstas and hardcore looking vatos are gonna come to their homes, churches, theaters, concerts, and jobs and commit mass killings.
See the irony there?
This country cannot believe that it’s precious white sons are not only capable of but actively carrying out these vicious acts.
It’s in denial that it’s not Black men, cholos, Asians, or Arabs who are claiming the vast number of lives of their white neighbors and relatives.
White people own high caliber, semi-automatic guns cause they’re afraid of a race war popping off.
You can cut the bullshit that they use them for sport. Because if you need an AR-15, releasing fifteen shots per minute, to hunt deer and quail…. well, you should stick to League of Legends and badminton, buddy.
The shit that’s so upsetting about all of this is that these mass shootings are only happening more frequently and becoming increasingly more macabre.
Let me get real technical for dat ass.
“A mass shooting is defined as a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms, within one event, and in one or more locations in close proximity”
After the tweets and press releases go out with thoughts and prayers, your elected officials explain that something must be done to keep guns away from people with “mental health issues”.
Well, a study in the American Journal of Public Health found that, between 2001-2010, less than 5% of 120,000 gun-related killings in the U.S. were committed by people with a diagnosed mental illness.
If you add it all up, the NRA has spent $200 million on political activities since 1999: the year that Rage Against The Machine dropped The Battle for Los Angeles.
You’d think that following the heinous massacres in recent years, these beacons of Constitutional protection would show some scruples. Pero no. Les vale verga.
Here are a few examples of the innocents whose blood is in the hands of the U.S. Congress and National Rifle Association (NRA):
1. Twenty children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut.
2. Twenty-six worshippers at a rural Texas church.
3. Forty-nine people dead and fifty-eight wounded at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
4. Fourteen government employees killed and twenty-two wounded in a San Bernardino, California.
5. Fifty-eight concert goers killed and 546 injured in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And the list goes on and on.
Americans, and poor white people in particular, have an opportunity to stop and realize that we all keep getting played.
My Euro-settler friends, you’ve had 400 years to figure out who your real oppressor is, but you’re too stuck in your fears of people of color, to accept it.
Poor whites as a whole are the only oppressed group in America that has never waged a sustained liberation movement the way other marginalized communities have.
I mean, y’all got movements, but they’re mostly aimed at non-Christians, non-European descendants, new immigrants, Blacks, and Jews. Problem is, that ain’t who’s been “fucking” you since 1608.
We’ve had blips of genuine solidarity from white folks. Since 1608, poor white people have participated in uprisings that could’ve changed racism and Capitalism as we know it.
But the wealthy ain’t having peons come for their cake.
That’s why “race” was invented as a social structure. Degrees of freedoms and rights were decided by the person’s skin color and sex. One of the most important moments happened during populism.
I won’t go into too much detail about it cause you’re getting tired of reading this and wanna go back to scrolling your Instafeed.
Populism happened after the end of slavery. It was a multiracial movement of working people questioning their conditions and realizing they all had something in common: they were poor due cause their labor was being exploited by the landowners.
So, the bosses got smart and used racist propaganda to convince poor whites that former slaves were “taking their jobs”.
Damn. Where have we heard that same rhetoric?
So, there you have it, folks.
You’re better off putting down that bible and picking up a real history book. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn is a great one. He was a white man in case you’re wondering. Cause I know y’all only pay attention to words that come from white men’s mouths.
We need gun reform like we need to end racism. We need to smarten up and unite before we end up the victims of more gun violence.
I don’t want a fuckboy politician tweeting “thoughts and prayers” about me. You can keep those and give me gun control legislation instead.
Until we get there, I’m gonna leave you with a little saying I have.
“Only the prey pray. Cause the wolf’s too busy hunting to stop and ask God for a favor today”