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By Larry Pratt

October 9, 2003

Mason Weaver was a sixties radical who got a degree in Black Studies at Merritt College in Oakland, CA and learned Swahili.

Today, Weaver is a conservative, and students can get in a whole bunch of trouble just for posting a flyer announcing his appearance on campus.

Just ask Steve Hinkle, a member of the California Polytechnic State University College Republicans. Hinkle tried to post a flier promoting Mason Weaver's speech about the topic of his book, It's OK to Leave the Plantation.. Some black students who were having a Bible study in the multicultural center (savor the irony, please) confronted Hinkle when he attempted to post his flyer.

The students at the Bible study called the police because they were offended. (These students need to do a study of 1 Corinthians 13, especially verse five that says in part: "[love] does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered.")

Well, since the folks in the Bible study apparently have not gotten that far in their reading, they pressed charges before the university's Office of Judicial Affairs. Hinkle was subsequently found guilty of disruption of the campus education process. Hinkle has refused to write a letter of apology following his conviction and has been threatened with not receiving his diploma.

It seems that he has not understood what was obvious to the Vice President of Student Affairs who said the presence of a white Republican near black students made for a "collision of experience" that Mr. Hinkle was "na�ve" not to realize.

What a tribute to higher education! Students in a multicultural center, studying the Bible, are steadfast in refusing to accommodate another view they do not understand.

What is it they did not understand? As Mason Weaver explained to me during my interview of him on my radio show Live Fire, the plaintiffs did not understand that they were "on the plantation." They have been brainwashed by the government schools and the welfare system into defending the status quo of dependency; a dependency orchestrated by black shakedown artists such as Jesse Jackson.

Weaver explained that the family was often broken up under slavery. The welfare state has been even more destructive of the family. But rather than dependency on the slave master in the South, the families headed by single moms are dependent on Washington.

No one is responsible on the dependency plantation. Every bad thing that happens is somebody else's fault. "We have drive-by shootings and look to the white gun manufacturers and not at the black trigger men," says Weaver. "We cannot control the white manufacturers or the [drug] smugglers, but we can control our children. The civil rights movement was about who would control our children. But just like the children of Israel that escaped Egypt, some longed to return to Pharaoh."

Weaver explains that it is this inculcated mentality of dependence that has so strongly inclined the black community to support gun control. To be a gun owner and expect to have to defend oneself is to make a significant departure from the plantation. Freedom requires us to understand that calling 911 should be done only after the assailant has been shot, apprehended or chased off - when the danger to the victim is over.

Weaver's book is available at and my interview with him can be heard at

� 2003 Larry Pratt - All Rights Reserved

Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning America, CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC's Phil Donahue show and many others. He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.

He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.

Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.

The GOA web site is: Pratt's weekly talk show Live Fire is archived there at:   E-Mail: [email protected]







"This is the kind of official chicanery that should convince anyone that gun control laws need to be repealed. Cops need to be free to do real cop work, not pursuing the malicious prosecutions of out-of-control prosecutors."