ATF Racist form Against Latinos
July 12, 2012
Extra attention can be good sometimes, but when it comes to extra attention from the Bureau of Acohol Tobacco and Firearms it is never good. When I first got wind of this story, it seemed almost too ridiculous to be true. But here is the government form itself in the link below.
The inescapable inference from the question Hispanic or Not Hispanic on the form is that Hispancs will be singled out for extra attention. After all the Federal Government gun-running to Mexico, whether intentional or not, they have a lot of nerve essentially accusing all Hispanics of being drug cartel members.
What remains to be seen is how the Hispanic congress people and ethinc leaders respond. So far, there has been a thundering silence. As it is now, many non-Hispanics are outraged that a group of citizens of another etnicity are being targeted with naked discrimination.
This issue is bigger than the divisive issue summarized as “Guns are Good: or “Guns are bad”
What if the “ethnicity” question demanded “Jew or Not a Jew”? Would that “ethnicity” question be acceptable? Like the Hispanic/Latino question, it is offensive and not necessary. It has nothing whatsoever to do with one’s qualification to purchase a gun.