Here's what you need to know about Kentucky's permitless concealed carry law that goes into effect June 27. Kala Kachmar, @NewsQuip
Your life has no meaning to the irresponsible politicians in Frankfort who time and time again choose the National Rifle Association over your life.
Their support for Senate Bill 150, which allows Kentuckians to carry concealed weapons without a permit, is yet another warning: They've put a price tag on your life and decided that the blood money they receive from the NRA is more valuable.
Every time lawmakers vote against gun safety, and thus the lives of our most vulnerable, they show that their hearts can be as cold as the steel of the guns they praise.
When the data showed that 91% of Kentuckians and 90% of gun owners in the state favored the old permitting system for carrying concealed weapons, it didn't matter.
When I traveled to Washington, D.C., to make sure slain African American youth like Dequante Hobbs Jr., Savannah Walker and Jordan Edwards were included in the conversation, it didn't matter.
It didn't matter because these lawmakers don't care about facts, stats, safety, empathy — none of that.
Kentucky's concealed carry law: Here's what you should know
And it's not because they are "snowflakes" carrying a victim mentality, whining and complaining that the government is infringing on their natural right of self-defense.
That might be the narrative they bought from the NRA and sold to their constituents to maintain their power, but it's not simply about gun ownership.
If it was, why would this 18-year-old, "inner-city" black male even want to own and carry a concealed gun without a permit, trained or untrained?
That sounds like a death sentence.
It was for Philando Castile, the 32-year-old black gun owner WITH a concealed carry permit who was shot seven times by a frightful cop during a traffic stop.
It was for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III, two of the "law-abiding citizens" Republicans love so much, who were both shot dead by police for publicly carrying fake guns in Ohio, an open carry state.
State Rep. Charles Booker, a Democrat from Jefferson County, already explained the racial consequences in his heartfelt testimony on the Kentucky House floor, where he also mentioned Harith Augustus, Jemel Roberson and E.J. Bradford — all law-abiding citizens murdered for exercising their Second Amendment right.
But what's a law-abiding citizen when the law abides certain citizens differently?
If enslaved blacks were considered people in 1789, this is how the Second Amendment probably would have read: "A well regulated white Militia being necessary to the security of a free white State, the rights of white men to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
At that time, the good, law-abiding guys were slave patrols (our early police force), state militias preventing slave rebellions and the poor whites who received privileges for not assisting the resurrections that threatened the security of their white state.
Once the law finally recognized black Americans in 1868 (an amendment Kentucky didn't ratify until 1976), it didn't take long for the law to abide to those it was made for.
The bad guys were the ignorant, dishonest, lazy, free Negroes looking to attack white men and rape white women. To secure their white state, white politicians gave the greenlight to law-abiding poor whites to unleash their campaign of racial terror.
The good guys didn't look like W.E.B Dubois, who wrote, "If that white mob had come onto my campus, I would without hesitation have spread their guts over the grass."
Once black Americans continued to threaten the status quo in the country with the civil rights and black power movements, the law fought back.
The good guys weren't Martin Luther King Jr., who once had a house full of guns and also was denied a permit to conceal carry. They weren't the Black Panthers who legally open carried in California. That's why Republicans and the NRA passed the Mulford Act, a California bill prohibiting the open carry of loaded firearms.
When he signed the bill, NRA-backed Ronald Reagan, who was governor of California at the time, said: "There's no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons."
However, neither reason nor logic mattered to him, the Republicans and the NRA then, and they don't matter to them now.
Politicians and lobbyists will continue to push the narrative of socialists, criminal brown immigrants and unlawful black thugs as long as it persuades you to maintain their white capitalist patriarchy masked as a democracy.
They've had the power and resources to reduce gun violence and enact common-sense gun reform, and they've yet to do so. And they never will as long as it benefits them in some way.
To them, your life doesn't matter. And until we elect politicians who are truly committed to democracy and human rights, who truly believe that all people are created equal — rather they be undocumented immigrants, trans people, or unhoused people — we must continue to disrupt, resist and fight for humanity.