Gun Control Is Totally Racist Against Guns, Says Former NRA President

The hard right in this country would like us all to know that they are fighting for the civil rights cause of our time.

According to former National Rifle Association president Marion Hammer, there is no group more discriminated against than gun enthusiasts. It’s gotten so bad, Hammer insists, supporters of gun control legislation are basically just racists. Against guns.  Said Hammer “”[b]anning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago. But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”

Hammer, of course, is referencing Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal that would ban some high-capacity magazines and assault rifles. A proposal that is obviously, totally racist.

As Media Matters reports, the NRA is quite comfortable co-opting the imagery and rhetoric of the civil rights movement for its own agenda. When the University of Colorado decided to house students who wished to carry guns on campus in their own dorm the NRA called the decision “segregation” just like the “separate but equal” standard articulated in the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision. And while such comparisons are laughable in addition to being historically tone deaf, the truth is that the right is increasingly borrowing from this collective history in an attempt to push back against what it perceives is a lurch left under the Obama administration.

Take reproductive rights. The anti-choice movement has been increasingly dressing itself up in the history of the civil rights movement as a way to frame their cause as one of moral civic right. Traditionally, the anti-choice community borrowed civil rights framing in the abortion debate, comparing abortion to slavery and invoking the history of the 14th Amendment to make the case for fetal personhood. But with the contraception mandate that’s changed.

Now instead of merely and lazily borrowing imagery from the civil rights movement, the right is pushing the case for actual civil disobedience. Hobby Lobby announced it will bravely take on millions of dollars in fines per day rather than comply with federal court orders requiring it to provide insurance that covers contraception to its employees. Supporters liken this move to the Birmingham bus boycotts. In the same interview where Hammer compared an assault weapons ban to racial discrimination Hammer suggested citizens be prepared for what she warned was a coming mass firearm confiscation “in order to control the masses.” Said Hammer “Well we’ve tried to tell people that in order to control the masses they have to take your guns. We saw it in Cuba. I mean we have so many Cuban-Americans who understand. But there are just too many people who don’t believe it can happen here.”

The right won’t stop borrowing from the civil rights movement anytime soon. It can’t. It’s in a crucial fight to try and remain relevant in the national political landscape. But in reality this new “civil rights movement” is nothing more than a bunch of angry white guys with a lot of guns and problems with women. Come to think of it, that sounds an awful lot like the original segregationist movement not the civil rights movement at all.


Related Stories:

White Masculinity’s Ties To Rape and Gun Culture

6 Worst Reactions To The Newtown Massacre

Senator Feinstein Promises Action on Gun Control. Can Congress Deliver?


Photo from daveparker via flickr.


J. William H.
J. William Hays4 years ago


Eric Hurner
Eric Hurner4 years ago

Have gun owners grown to adore their equipment to such an extent that they want to raise it to human status, with equal rights?!

I don't fear legitimate gun owners, nor do I wish to deprive them of their right to own a gun for a number of perfectly legitimate reasons. But I should be blind not to see the innate violence behind much that enters into society through the expression of such views, which do not serve to put people's minds at rest, but to make them even more insecure.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Thank you Albert, I think it is an important issue and a tough one for me, because I am both a liberal AND a lifelong gunowner.

Albert L.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin B. I wanted to send you a star for every one of your lengthy posts. Well stated and great information! Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

Racist against an inanimate object???

Christine Jones
Christine J4 years ago

What a load of guff. I don't care what colour a gun is, or how it looks, or the colour or looks of the owner. I just don't want to see them in my community except in the hands of trained, supervised law enforcement officials.

Beth M.
Beth M4 years ago

Get a grip, Hammer!

John Doe
james rico4 years ago

as i see it wanda b does not want to be crime victim. like all you gun banners don/t mind being

Angelica Caniense
Patrice M5 years ago

Was Marion Hammer drunk when she compared racism to gun control?

Carla van der Meer
Carla v5 years ago

@Ken H, what Wanda was doing was more than a small book.. it was a one woman diatribe of NRA talking points and all out bullying and name calling of anyone who disagrees with her extremist views.