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May 26, 2012


If Jim Crow is defined as an effective means of controlling black crime and violence, then the Second Amendment may be one of the most effective Jim Crow strategies. 

Unfortunately, black criminals are often killed or injured as white shop keepers and homeowners use deadly force for defense.

• FLORIDA -- An off-duty security guard used his gun last month to stop a would-be bank hold up. 

Ruben Torres, 61, used his fire arm to hold Floyd Francis, 23, until police arrived. 

Some have suggested that since the Trayvon Martin episode emerged earlier this year, black thugs are taking white people with guns more seriously.

Torres spotted Francis in the lobby of a bank. The suspect "put a Wal-Mart bag on his head, walked to the counter and gave the teller a note . . . He even took the bag off his head and gave it to the teller to put the cash in." according to news reports. 

Torres slipped out of the bank to retrieve his fire arm from his car. [Source]

• ALABAMA -- A barber shop owner plugged a would be robber in the thigh after the black intruder pulled a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash and jewelry. 

Police named the suspect as Caleb Allen Pogue, 22, who got away. Pogue is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. And, we would add, has bullet hole in his left thigh. A second suspect is a black male with dreadlock-type hair in his early twenties, 6 feet to 6 feet 1inch tall, and weighs approximately 190 to 200 pounds. [Source]

• NORTH CAROLINA -- A shop owner told police he shot two males who were attempting to rob him at gun point. The owner of Gate's County store manged to get off two shots at the intruders after which they fled. Both died. One news report identified the robbery victim as a clerk and said he was recovering from assault injuries in a hospital. [Source]

• NORTH CAROLINA -- Dashawn William Smith, 18, took a bullet to the chest while attempting to break into a Fayetteville woman's home. 

The woman says the Smith and his companion were undeterred when she shouted at them. The gun blast, however, convinced them to flee. Smith was arrested at the hospital. Isaiah Whitty, 16, was also charged. Castle laws, such as those in North Carolina, allow homeowners the right to defend their homes from intrusions. Some black activists oppose castle laws as racist. [Source]

• MISSOURI -- Jerome Burse lost his life last month when he and a companion broke into a St. Louis home. Burse fled after being shot by a 23-year-old and collapsed about a block away. [Source]

Traditional Jim Crow laws were effective in keeping violent black criminals out of harms way by denying them access to would-be victims. 

Alternate Jim Crow strategies of controlling black crime and violence are often less effective. Many municipalities, for example, prohibit discharging firearms. A shop owner could defend himself and his property, then face criminal charges for firing a gun

The greatest obstacle to controlling black crime and violence is denial. The Bureau of Justice Statistics, however, demonstrates that black crime has consistently remained a significant security problem in the United States. [Source] Those statistics, provided by the Department of Justice, reveal that 52.2 percent of homicides in the United States are committed by blacks; most by black males aged 18 to 49 who comprise about three percent of the nation's population.

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