The Jackson Mississippi Open Carry Ban

I was more focused on the Supreme Court case yesterday but thankfully I’m not alone in shaking my head at the Mayor’s decision and comments here. Colion Noir sums it up and breaks the Mayor’s broadcast down counterpoint by counterpoint

The shameless exploitation of the victims within his jurisdiction to further an agenda that in no way addresses the problem. Mississippi is a constitutional carry state. If you can legally own your handgun you can legally carry your handgun, the state places no legal barrier between an owner and a bearer.

Hmm, the right to keep and bear arms… how quaint a concept.

What the Mayor wants is stop and frisk, but he cannot call it that because that is a racially charged policing term. “Disproportionately targets individuals of color.” is I believe the legal parlance of choice when the backlash for the stop and frisk policy inevitably comes back. If you’re wondering, just look at New York’s Bloomberg and friends application of stop and frisk in that region of the country.

Existing in public isn’t a crime or probable cause of a crime. Existing in Jackson in public isn’t a crime or probable cause of a crime. Existing in public with your firearm, in Jackson or anywhere else, isn’t a crime or probable cause of a crime and under Mississippi law is perfectly permissible. You are allowed to carry your firearms.

Is Jackson’s Mayor assuming that any firearm seen, especially on someone of color, is probably illegal? Are the Black and Hispanic residents of the city, who make up its majority, all under suspicion because of their race?

We know. We know that homicide is heavily intra-racial, the FBI Uniform Crime Report lays that fact out year after year. Therefore a hispanic victim was probably killed by a hispanic perpetrator, a caucasian victim was killed by a caucasian perpetrator, and a black victim was killed by a black perpetrator. All of these are seen at rates over 80%. Victims and perpetrators are also disproportionately young, male, and criminally connected.

So what we are left to believe is that the mayor desires the power to treat every single one of his subjects.. er, citizens, as criminal for doing something they are legally empowered to do under state and federal law on the off chance that they actually catch a criminal. I’m sure there is no possible way that power could be abused.

A criminal with a visible illegal weapon is a really dumb criminal. Really dumb criminals do not remain associated with smarter criminals who want to keep their cash flow going. The preposterously few criminal agitators that could be picked up under a policy like this were never the great threat, they were the low hanging fruit and sheer dumb luck got them charged with something. Something that they will probably be released early from to go commit their next dumb offence.

Way to go mayor, you’re really thinking with your ‘big brain’ on this one..

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.