Were Students Justified In Petitioning Danny Glover’s 2nd Amendment Comments ?

Danny GloverThe students of Texas A&M are upset with actor Danny Glover, after his comments on the 2nd  Amendment.  Glover was at the school, on January 17th, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. But things turned for the worse when Glover commented on the second amendment. “I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms.” “The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. So, a revolt from people who were stolen from their land, or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the Second Amendment is.”

Could it be that maybe the truth hurts? Or is Danny Glover off of his rocker?

Here is the 2nd Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Looking at the 2nd amendment, it appears to be cut and dry. But you have to look at the historical time frame in which The Bill of Rights was constructed, in 1771. It was a copy cat of The English Bill of Rights. When it was originally drafted, it only legally protected white men, and excluded women , and anyone considered  to be “black” ,aka non-white.   Black people were property. They were not free in 1771. So it is safe to say that when they were talking about “bearing arms”, they were not talking about black people. Native Americans were being forced off of their land and given only a section of land  in which to live, so it is safe to say that the “right to bear arms” was not applying to them either.  If we are saying that the constitution is now meant to protect all people, one can  say that both Glover and the students have a right to say whatever they want to. They can  back  it with the 1st Amendment. Others will beg to differ siting Article 19 of  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted  in 1948.

Article 19 says,“[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”.  It also says that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities” and may “therefore be subject to certain restrictions” when necessary “[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others” or “[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals”

 Confusing ,right? So, it is basically telling you that  you can say whatever you want, but be careful not to offend anyone with your difference of opinion, or your take on things. So you go back to the drawing board.  So who’s right?  Can we be mad at the Mitt Romneys, the Spike Lees , the Quentin Tarantinos, the Lupe Fiascos, or the Danny Glovers of the world? Yes. Yes indeed, because after all our disappointment is a  “freedom of expression” and “freedom of speech” too.  But, do we have a right to say that they don’t have the right to express their opinion because it offends us in some way? Anything that someone says is going to offend someone at any given time because we are all different.  What is seen as wrong by one person or group may be completely justifiable and right in their eyes.


Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.

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  2. The right to bear arms had nothing to do with slavery or native Americans. These were European ideas based on their history that could only be brought to fruition in the so-called new world. To this day most European nations do not provide it,s citizens this right to bear arms. So the right to bear arms is a uniquely American concept. Yes the students in my opinion were justified in their petition!

  3. Glover has a point that has been suggested by some historians regarding the 2nd amendment’s intent. When we look at the time frame of the amendment one would do well to note that Blacks and Native Americans were not covered in the amendment as they were not considered American citizens. Yes the truth does hurt but it also will set you FREE if you readily affirm and accept!

  4. Who did he offend? He stated a premise which in part is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth without any white people trying to dictate what a black man can or cannot say. Any body of color that is so ingrained inloving white people like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and thinks that to keep your mouth shut and not offend the white crowd is living in Booker T.”s time.

  5. Danny Glover said what is the truth and truth hurts lke hell..Only the whites who were free souls had the rights to bear arms…Let learn to accept the truth and build upon it and move on and on and on.

  6. The problem with Danny’s comments was because it was not a historical fact. Education is about facts. His comments are based on racial hatred– the hate in his own heart– keeped alive by other racist. (when stating that the 2nd amendment was not for blacks or indians) According to your rational, blacks and indians are also not protected by the first or any of the other original amendments.
    The constitution is for all americans. Race problems in this country are kept alive by people who want power, who wouldn’t normally have that power if racism was allowed to die.
    All men are equal. No difference in black or white. We are all human. Any other thought process is racist.

    • Education is just as much fiction as it is fact.. Especially when we speak of subjects like History.. Facts are testable. Many beliefs or our history come from folklore and propaganda.
      The problem is that some try to use an instrument in todays society that was constructed for a society that was’nt inclusive of all people. The constitution should be amended to include all the people by the people.. Not the lawyers this time..

    • Danny Glover told the truth and many white americans can’t stand the truth(to quote another white american) Everybody knows that when america was created Native people were victims of genocide and African people were being enslaved. The whies had to create laws that would protect their evil-doing. Voila!