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Sharpton, Et Al Preach Against Violence

From a hypocrisy proof New York Times:

At Sharpton’s King Day Forum, a Focus on Gun Violence

January 17, 2011

Of the many events on Monday honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the gathering held by the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem was one with a wide audience and a narrow focus: the toll of gun violence, from a parking lot in Tucson to the streets of New York.

Why just talk about gun violence? Why not talk about how heated rhetoric can incite violence? Mr. Sharpton is an expert on that subject as we recall.

Senator Charles E. Schumer said that no constitutional amendment was sacrosanct and that “there’s nothing wrong in putting reasonable limits on guns.”

There, in a nutshell, is the problem with Mr. Schumer and too many of our politicians. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘sacrosanct’ as: Secured by a religious sanction from violation, infringement, or encroachment; inviolable, sacred.

In fact, Constitutional amendments are sacrosanct. Indeed, that is the whole point of having a Constitution and amending it.

Or can the 14th Amendment be tinkered with so that we still can have some slaves under certain circumstances. Or can the 22nd Amendment be tweaked so that Mr. Obama can run for a third term. (We are looking at you, Mr. Bloomberg.)

Former Mayor David N. Dinkins remarked, “It is absolutely ridiculous that any idiot can get a gun and kill people.”

New York City has had the most stringent gun control in the country for one hundred years.

Indeed, the 1911 Sullivan Act not only outlaws carrying or possessing a concealed firearm, it also made the possession or carrying of other weapons such as brass knuckles, blackjacks, bombs, knives or even razors a felony.

And we see how well that kept the denizens of New York City from killing each other.

But it was the host of the gathering who brought the message about gun control, wishful as it was, closest to home.

“Our grandmothers are afraid to go to the corner store,” Mr. Sharpton said. “That might not be highfalutin philosophical for my academician friends, but that’s real life.”

They should be afraid if the corner story is Freddie’s Fashion Mart. A riot could spontaneously break out there at any moment. And for the record, more people were killed at Freddie’s Fashion Mart (8) than were just killed in Tucson (6). (The gunman/arsonist who was whipped up by Sharpton’s rhetoric shot himself after setting fire to the store. The fire killed seven others.)

And that is just one of Reverend Sharpton’s success stories.

About 200 people packed the storefront on West 145th Street known as the House of Justice, where Mr. Sharpton holds court every Saturday, delivering sermons much like the one he delivered on Monday, about violence, social inequalities and economic struggles. When there were no more chairs, people stood along the sides of the room. When the room was full, they convened on the sidewalk, their faces pressed against the door.

It was one of dozens of gatherings marking Dr. King’s birthday and probably not the only one to have the issue of gun violence as a theme. Mr. Sharpton’s event has become a tradition, though, and a required pit stop in Democratic circles, in part because it has functioned as a reliable barometer on the issues and the people of importance to black voters.

Because, after all, who better represents the ‘black community’ than Reverend Sharpton?

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was greeted by boos, which he did not acknowledge…though the booing returned when he said that President Obama considered New York City a model in public education reform. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, on the other hand, was received by applause. She spoke of the rampage in Tucson, which left six people dead, and the anonymous people victimized by guns every day.

“We have to take this moment, and we need to come together, and we need to begin to have a political discourse in this country, where we can recognize our differences but move this country forward,” Ms. Gillibrand said.

Were Mr. Sharpton’s ears ringing? Who has been more of a hate monger than Mr. Sharpton in his long and illustrious career as a race baiter?

Representative Charles B. Rangel got the loudest response of all when he issued a call for action, saying: “Why don’t you help me form a group of mothers whose sons murdered the sons and daughters of other mothers? It ain’t no white folks down South killing our boys.”

Clearly they got out all the moral paragons to preach to us.

Dignitaries spoke from behind a lectern on the stage and audience members spoke from a microphone on the floor, lining up for several hours to tell their stories. One young man challenged legislators to “tell us what banks are funding the gun trade so we the people will pull our money out of those banks.”

This sounds like a young Barack Obama. Of course it is the fault of the ‘bankers.’ (Mr. Sharpton would call them something else.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Sharpton, Et Al Preach Against Violence”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Sounds like good-time Charlie had
    a mental lapse, not blaming all their
    troubles on the whites. I’m sure he’ll
    correct his mis-spoken comment we
    all misunderstood. Can’t have that.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    [UNCIVIL COMMENT] That gathering was what we’d call a target rich environment.[/ UNCIVIL COMMENT]

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