Life imitates art.
In the fictional, on-screen version, "Django Unchained," a Black former slave becomes a bounty hunter and finds happiness, because in his words, he "get(s) paid to kill White folks."
In real-life America today mass shooting rampages have swept across the country in the last several weeks. Dozens of innocent White folks have been killed, ironically at the hands of other White folks.
The in-artful response to reports of madman after madman taking automatic assault weapons and attacking innocent women and children, or ambushing police and firefighters responding to the deliberate, murderous rampages has been a clamoring – not for more controls on these anti-personnel weapons – but in fact a run to purchase all such weapons in the inventories of gun dealers all over the country.
Meanwhile, the White House and gun-control supporters are gearing up for a monthlong push in January – before the fiscal cliff, and debt ceiling debates once again claim center stage in the political arena – their plans to pass gun-control, reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre in which 20 six-year-old children and six of their teachers were slaughtered, has a chance to fade from consciousness.
President Barack Obama has said personally, he wants an assault weapons ban and limits on ammunition magazine size as top priorities. Other possible reforms could include background check requirements for purchases at gun shows, a loophole that's helped create a huge market of off-record arms purchases.
What the president must be smart enough to understand is that – like the fictional hero Django – he is part of the problem ... at least part of the perception problem, certainly that's so in the minds of folks who hide their true beliefs behind the mask of the rhetoric espoused by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
You see, gun sales – along with more death threats against a president than ever in U.S. history – spiked when Obama was elected in 2008. Ostensibly it was because the NRA and gun buyers feared that regulations the president might propose would make it harder for them to get more weapons and ammunition going forward.
Then, Obama was re-elected and the same thing happened, only worse. What is not being said by this crude "posse" of gun rights advocates is that a lot of these gun owners resent the fact that the president of the United States is a Black man. Their morbid hatred of the government and all the bad things the folks "in Washington" are doing to the country is made worse when they look at the president and his family, and they see Black people, whom they silently loathe.
"We want our country back!"
So here on the screen, the Black dude Django, is doing what any self-respecting White guy would do in a similar situation – exact revenge against his tormentors, punish the guilty! And who are the guilty? The same folks who look at the head of the government they say they despise, and see a hated Black guy who does not look like them, in charge, that's who.
Understand one thing; this upcoming gun-control fight has nothing to do with sporting weapons, or anything legitimate at all. The gun owners want these terribly dangerous weapons for one reason and one reason only: these automatic assault rifles and pistols are the most efficient tools available for killing human beings. Period.
And just what people do these gun enthusiasts have in mind for the coming slaughter? Black people, that's who.
And so we have a fictional Black man thrilling audiences nationwide, taking guns and murdering White people almost for sport, and then we have this real-life Black man telling these rabid, froth-mouthed White "gun enthusiasts" that this country has too many guns, more than 300-some-odd-million, as many guns as there are people.
Only thing is, some people – mainly Black – don't have these huge weapons caches all over the country, waiting for the American "race war" to erupt.
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught his followers to not carry weapons of any kind. He said by carrying a gun you demonstrate that you believe that the gun's power is superior to the power and protection of Almighty God (Allah).
While White Americans and the NRA say out loud, "In God We Trust," under their breath they are really saying something more like, "Sure, pray. But pass the ammunition."