Oliver North: Gun Owners Are As Oppressed As Blacks Were Under Jim Crow

Oliver North speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr

Oliver North said the NRA was the victim of "civil terrorism" perpetrated by gun control activists.

President of the National Rifle Association Oliver North accused gun control activists of intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking last week and said the NRA had fallen victim to civil terrorism, comparing the organizations experience to that of victims of the Jim Crow era.

The former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, known largely for his role in the Iran-contra scandal during the Reagan administration, made the remarks during an interview with The Washington Times.

Via The New York Times:

> This is civil terrorism, he told The Washington Times, reportedly in reference to activists splashing fake blood on the home of an N.R.A. official. This is the kind of thing thats never been seen against a civil rights organization in America.

> You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things even there you didnt have this kind of thing, he said.

> During the Jim Crow era, many states and cities passed laws that institutionalized racial discrimination and segregation. Lynchings were common. Civil rights activists were beaten and killed.

Norths remarks drew sharp criticism from high school students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year in Parkland, Florida.

> Hes just continuing to spread fear. Hes definitely a good fit for his new job, Ryan Deitsch, a senior at the school, said in an interview during his lunch period on Friday.

> Mr. Deitsch said he wants to sit down and speak with Mr. North to understand his perspective. But he expressed frustration that, with their criticism of gun control activists, Mr. North and the N.R.A. seemed more focused on attacking the speaker and not the speech.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland shooting, also answered Norths remarks via Twitter:

> We will end your reign of terror and we will pass common sense gun safety in this country. Your remarks sound like the remarks of a lobby that has already lost the argument and so you attack us, he said in a series of tweets.

North insisted in his interview with The Times that the Parkland students had been taken advantage of by political actors pushing anti-gun propaganda:

> What they did very successfully with a frontal assault, and now intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking, is they confused the American people, he told The Washington Times. Our job is to get the straight story out about what happened there, and to make sure that kind of thing doesnt happen again because the proper things are being done with the advocacy of the N.R.A.

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Oh, this sounds only too familiar. I was shocked years ago when a friend came across with this analogy. I figured it was just a late night booze inflamed rant. I really had to marvel that he would draw such a comparison, but as time has gone by, I have come to realize that the perception of oppression seeks whatever comparisons it thinks will garner sympathy for their angst. It is not that guys like Ollie North really give a shit about slavery or blacks, but it is about garnering the outrage from others that they perceive goes with the comparison.


North is right. The rabid Left is using school shootings and the people who suffered from them as propaganda tools, in a political campaign to attack gun owners through intimidation and harassment. The sad truth is that school shootings are the diseased result of the insanity known as "gun free zones." Those ridiculous things disarm good people, while doing nothing to stop murderers. They create safe "killing fields" for the killers, by forbidding good people from being able to shoot back. Such monumental idiocy could only come from the delusional denizens of the Left.


The only delusional ones are idiots like YOU and North.


Hello? Are you unable to make intelligent replies, trump hater?