With lines such as “Millions of Americans instinctively grasp that private ownership of guns makes them safer” and “most cops are neither racists nor thugs,” Jeff Jacoby’s “Black and white Americans are embracing the Second Amendment” (Opinion, June 24) reads a little tone-deaf to the times we are living in now.
I don’t accept the suggestion that self-preservation is the most important act we can carry out while alive. [!?] Think of the civil rights protesters in the 1960s who knew they were taking their lives into their own hands when they marched through racist strongholds like Alabama.
Being willing to die for a cause is a far more powerful force for change than the urge to protect your own life and family and property and to heck with everyone else, which seems to be the mentality of the predominantly white gun-owning populace in this country.
It is critical to practice pacifism and not engage in the techniques of the enemy, whether it is Donald Trump supporters who, armed, storm state capitols in protest over pandemic regulations or cops who pepper spray demonstrators.
Martin Luther King Jr. said that if you haven’t found something you are willing to die for, you aren’t fit to live.