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Trevor Noah Says the Second Amendment ‘Was Not Made for Black Folks’

Alabama mall shooting had 'The Daily Show' host saying some extreme things about the Constitution and race

Late-night host Trevor Noah (pictured above left) got serious with his audience on Tuesday night during an “Unplugged” segment of “The Daily Show.”

Addressing the recent mall shooting in Hoover, Alabama, that left one person dead and two wounded on Thanksgiving night, Noah addressed the topic of the Second Amendment and race.

Emantic Bradford Jr., a 21-year-old black Army veteran, was killed by police following the shooting.

He was legally carrying a firearm and was mistaken for the shooter. The shooter could still be at large.

“The question I ask myself is how does this s*** keep happening? Cops are called into a situation, they see a black person, and then immediately they shoot,” Noah said. “That’s what they did here. They ran in, they shot the guy, and then they were like, ‘We got him.’”

“How many times have we seen a shooter who is white and a man get talked down?” he then asked.

Noah brought up shooters in Aurora and Charleston and then mentioned that many other shooters had taken their own lives.

Noah continued, “There are so many things that bug me about this story. Because by the looks of it, it sounds like this was a good guy with a gun. That’s what they always say, a ‘good guy with a gun stops the crime’ — but if the good guy with a gun happens to be a black good guy with a gun, they don’t get any of the benefits.”

Noah went after the Hoover Police Department for a public statement it released — it mistakenly said they had taken down the shooter. The police department later apologized for the statement.

“At this point, you start to realize that really the Second Amendment is not intended for black people,” Noah said. “It’s an uncomfortable thing to say, but it’s the truth. Like, people will be like, ‘the right to bear arms.’ Yes, the right to bear arms if you’re not a black man. If you’re a black man, you have no business bearing arms at all.”

The comedian then added, “If you’re black and you’re a man in America, gun rights are not for you. If you’re a black person in America, gun rights are not for you. It’s as simple as that. In fact, the safest way to sell a black person a gun in America is to say that when you buy a gun you should buy a white person with it and they hold the gun for you.”

Noah capped off his statement with the saddest thought of all: “Some bulls***, but it’s the truth. [The] Second Amendment was not made for black folks.”

The killing of Emantic Bradford Jr. is a tragic accident that more people need to discuss. Both sides should be dropping politics to discuss how this happened and to mourn an American veteran and come up with solutions to gun violence, mental health problems, and the relationship between civilians and police in this country.

The Second Amendment benefits all. The Constitution does not stipulate that only white men and women can bear arms. Any and all people have the individual right to defend themselves and exercise their right to own and operate firearms, assuming they are of age of course and follow rules and regulations involved in buying and owning firearms.

If Noah wanted to have a real discussion about race and the Second Amendment, why not invite someone on the show who knows a thing or two about the Second Amendment and its benefits? Instead of ranting to his leftist audience with extreme points, why not have an honest discussion with someone like conservative commentator Dana Loesch for the benefit of the audience and anyone watching it at home?

If Noah wanted to have a real discussion about race and the Second Amendment, why not invite someone on the show who knows a thing or two about the Second Amendment and its benefits?

Better yet, why not invite on the president himself to have an open and honest talk about the Second Amendment and the way we can deal with the tragedy of mass shootings? Trevor Noah is no fan of President Donald Trump — but it would show genuine progress and interest in finding a solution to talk to the man on national television about what is still an open wound for so many people.

The discussion would likely feed into some real progress and help Noah to understand that in this situation, the Second Amendment is not where he should be placing blame.

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