On Sunday, the Minister Louis Farrakhan continued his 52-week sermon series entitled, “The Time and What Must Be Done.” In his third installment, the Nation of Islam leader tackled gun control and his views on a “volatile” U.S. populace. He claimed that the American people are increasingly unhappy with their government and that they are simultaneously arming for war. In addition to making these observations and accusations, Farrakhan dismissed the modern-day application of the Second Amendment as well as the need — and right — for Americans to arm themselves.
“Look at the American peoples’ thoughts about Congress. What is the percentage of the American people that feel that the U.S. Congress is doing a good job. Eleven percent,” he said. “Then 89 percent of the American people are angry, disaffected, dissatisfied with their government — and you’re selling them weapons of war and the militias are multiplying.”
Considering Farrakhan’s recent comments about the American people — that they are “savage,” “brutal” and “uncivilized” — it’s no surprise that he is skeptical about guns and the notion that “angry” citizens could use them to wage “war.” After making these curious comments, the fiery faith leader delved into his intriguing views about gun control. Of particular note, he gave a “history” lesson that some gun enthusiasts will certainly take issue with.
“See, the right to bear arms was given at a time when there was no regulated militia to protect America,” he said. “But now you have police well-armed, you have state troopers well armed, you have the National Guard and you have federal troops.”
Farrakhan continued from there, claiming that “there is no need for the American people to be armed to the teeth if you have a responsible militia to protect the society of the United States.” He also noted his dismay over the number of weapons owned (his figure: 350 million) versus the number of Americans (nearly 314 million).
While one would assume that the gun control touting would continue from there, Farrakhan next attempted to tie together his discussion about firearms with a defense of leaders from nations like Libya and Syria — countries he believes the U.S. shouldn’t have “meddled” in. The rest of his diatribe, while somewhat confounding, can be read, below:
“Over 350 million guns are in the possession of the American people with a population that has not reached 350 million. And as anger toward the U.S. government increases, do you think that you too will do exactly what you accused Ghaddafi of Libya of doing? You said he killed his own people he’s unfit to rule. You say Assad is killing his own people — he’s unfit to rule.
But what was done by your meddling in the affairs of these nations? Well nobody has to meddle in the affairs of America, because the people are dissatisfied with their government.”
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