Many Americans were shot and killed over the last weekend, and some of the shootings apparently involved racial hatred. First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their family members.

As usual, after any such violence, the Left has started talking about and promoting gun control. Such talk makes me nervous whenever I hear it because any time the government succeeds in taking rights away from Americans, it becomes almost impossible to regain them.

With the Left’s promotion of hatred, especially teaching racial divisiveness in government schools, it’s not surprising that we have many citizens with so little regard for human life. Gun control is never effective in controlling people of evil intent but instead reduces the ability of their potential victims to defend themselves.

Thank God we have the literary legacy of Frederick Douglass to refute the false rhetoric of the Left and their effort to take away the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

In his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, he wrote that a man’s rights rest in three boxes: the Ballot Box, the Jury Box and the Cartridge Box. Douglass, like our founders, recognized that the last of those is also our final protection against a tyrannical government that tries to take away our God-given rights and our lives.

We don’t need more gun control. We need more armed law-abiding citizens because the perpetrators of violence never want to have any chance of encountering such an armed citizen who would act to protect himself and others. Gun control is a hoax that makes some people feel more secure while they are actually more vulnerable.

The perpetrators of violence always want to commit their acts of violence against easy targets: innocent people who are unable to defend themselves. The potential of encountering an armed citizen in a church, in a grocery store or in an educational setting reduces crimes by such people of evil intent, arguably even more than the threat of receiving a death penalty from our court system today.

During the days of Frederick Douglass, Black Americans needed guns to protect themselves from racial violence by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), which acted as the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party. In his lengthy and wrongful majority opinion in the Dred Scott Case, Democrat Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney pointed out that the differences between a free man and a slave included the rights to speak, travel freely, hold assemblies and own and carry guns.

As Frederick Douglass often pointed out, our lives and our rights are given to us by God, and the purpose of our U.S. Constitution and the government instituted by it is to secure our God-given freedom and equal rights.

That purpose is not, as the government has recently done, to limit our ability to freely assemble and worship in our churches, to close small businesses while allowing big box stores and abortion clinics to remain open, or to threaten our ability to defend ourselves.

A former member of President Trump’s Coalition Advisory Board, KCarl Smith is the President and CEO of KCarl Consulting Group, empowering freedom advocates with the confidence, knowledge and skills to trump the race card. His column appears every Thursday in 1819 News. To contact KCarl or request him for a speaking engagement, go to . The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to [email protected].

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