When we see these movements by Christians to insert prayer into schools and government meetings and to put up monuments to the Ten Commandments and other religious symbols in public spaces, the natural reaction has been to encourage non-Christian groups also exercise the same right to have official sanction of their religion by saying their own prayers and putting up their own monuments.
This kind of reversal is a pretty effective tactic in showing up the hypocrisy of those groups that hide their desire for preferential treatment behind the veil of seeking freedom of expression.
It is tempting to think the current movement by some groups to openly carry massive firearms around in public and into stores and restaurants could benefit from that kind of turnabout. Suppose groups of young black men wearing dreadlocks and hoodies (which have become the new symbols of threat) also begin to wander around carrying massive firearms. Wouldn’t that trigger racial paranoia and cause some rethinking as to whether this is a good thing to do?
The Daily Show correspondents Jordan Klepper and newcomer Michael Che discuss the etiquette of carrying big guns around in public places and why the turnabout idea may not be a good one in this case.
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