TAVIS SMILEY (27 January 2013): Well you see that slavery and civil rights have been injected now in this gun control debate with our friend Rush Limbaugh suggesting the other day and I quote, ‘if John Lewis had had a gun would he have been beaten upside the head on the bridge?’ So slavery and segregation and civil rights Danny Glover and Thom Hartmann of course raising the issue that the second amendment was used to stop slave revolts. So it’s just fascinating to see all the arguments now being weighted. Everybody put out all of the stops to make their point in this debate.
CORNEL WEST: You know my hunch is one of the reasons that California had such severe loss is because my brothers and sisters in the Black Panther Party who did follow the law and did buy guns all of a sudden generated the deep concern about ban on assault weapons. So I mean Rush and his own reactionary way.
TAVIS SMILEY: But I think that there is something there, let’s be honest about it, if every black person and every brown person in America had a gun.
CORNEL WEST: Oh there would be a ban on guns quick believe me you.