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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Dr Phillip
Dr Phillip

I went to a large public high school; graduated in 1961. There were no guns in school, There were no gun deaths in schools back then even though people had guns at home. Most of the guns were for hunting or some persons had a pistol permit for a handgun. No assault weapons. What has changed is America's attitude about firearms. Oliver North is a warmongering idiot and a disgraced former Army officer and conspiracy theorist. That the NRA chose him as their leader is proof that the NRA is no longer a legitimate organization.

Zaidi
Zaidi

So, according to Oliver North, my ancestors being hung, shot, and burned alive, all for being black, is not near as bad when compared to gun owners' unfounded fear that their guns will be taken away from them--let alone, having an open discussion of responsible, common-sense gun control laws!!! Rather than look at America's obsession with, and the possession of, weapons of mass destruction; and how the N.R.A. can take, for the first time in its existence, responsible leadership to put an end to the mass slaughter of our kids while in school, he prefers stoking the flames of fear and hatred, with irresponsible lies, which in turn, will lead to more deaths of kids while in school!!!

HumboldtRick
HumboldtRick

Oliver North: YOU belong in prison. You are a fascist, anti-American TRAITOR and you WILL be treated as such.

FoxValleySpirit
FoxValleySpirit

So in a gun-safe zone, how do I know which gunmen are the safe ones? How do I stay out of the crossfire? Which ones are the Clantons and which ones are the Earps? They dress alike, talk alike, strut around with their guns alike. At times they even laugh alike. You can lose your mind when gunmen are two of a kind.

Skycastle
Skycastle

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