and why do they hate the poor?
Detroit resident General Laney is the founder and prime mover behind a
little-publicized organization known as the National Black Sportsman's
Association, often referred to as "the black gun lobby." Laney pulls no
punches when asked his opinion of gun control: "Gun control is really race control. People who embrace gun control are really racists in nature. All gun laws have been enacted to control certain classes of people, mainly black people, but the same laws used to control blacks are being used to disarm white people as well."
Those who argue that the concern about cheap handguns is justified
because these guns are used in most crimes should take note of Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime, and Violence in America,
by sociologists James D. Wright, Peter H. Rossi, and Kathleen Daly. The
authors, who undertook an exhaustive, federally funded, critical review
of gun issue research, found no conclusive proof that cheap handguns are used in crime more often than expensive handguns.
(Interestingly, the makers of quality arms, trying to stifle
competition, have sometimes supported bans on cheap handguns and on the
importation of cheap military surplus weapons. Kates observes that the
Gun Control Act of 1968, which banned mail-order gun sales and the
importation of military surplus firearms, "was something domestic
manufacturers had been impotently urging for decades.") But the evidence
leads one to the conclusion that cheap handguns are considered
threatening primarily because minorities and poor whites can afford