Skip to comments.The Truth About Gun Control and Racism
Posted on 08/09/2019 3:11:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
Editor's Note: The column was co-authored by Lori Roman.
Americas founders understood that the right to own firearms the right to use effectual force to defend oneself, ones family, ones neighborhood, ones nation was the difference between a mere subject and a free, independent, equal citizen. The United States was designed to enjoy a government of, by, and for the people, as President Lincoln put it. To that end every citizen was entitled, and often required, to own firearms. On the frontier, defending the community was the responsibility of every man.
For black communities, however, the threat has rarely come from invading Redcoats or marauding Indians. Few Americans remember today that the first task of the Ku Klux Klan was to disarm the black population in the South. Even fewer know that, in the days before the Civil War, citizen militias repelled white mobs that attacked black neighborhoods in many Northern cities. On at least two occasions, those militias were composed entirely of black gun owners. Few Americans realize that during the freedom struggles of the 1960s, civil rights workers of all races were protected by organized black militias in at least three Southern states.
Despite this heritage of responsible and effective use of firearms, equal citizenship has frequently been denied to black Americans through the use of gun control laws. Such laws were used to keep firearms out of the hands of African Americansto deny their very equality as human beingsfrom the earliest colonial days through the end of Jim Crow in 1965. Many would argue that even today, blacks continue to suffer disproportionate harm from gun control laws, as major cities deny legal firearms to the residents of high-crime urban neighborhoods.
Many black political leaders need to rethink their opposition to the Second Amendment. By supporting government infringement of the right to bear arms, they are not only violating the Constitution but also robbing their fellow blacks of the ability to defend themselves, relegating them to second-class citizenship.
The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) was one of the early voices relating civil rights for African Americans and their 2 nd Amendment rights. This report The Truth About Gun Control, Racism and Genocide exposes information often suppressed by mainstream media.
Why? Because of the uncomfortable truth that Democrats sought to keep guns from African Americans. And, in fact, Democrats utilized the Ku Klux Klan to oppress black Americans. But that difficult piece of information should not keep us from examining our history and using those lessons to protect the civil liberties of all Americans today.
The 1st and 2nd Amendments of our Constitution are the great equalizers. However, we have seen from history that if the 2nd Amendment is compromised, then 1st Amendment rights deteriorate quickly. Freedom for all Americans is dependent on both. And any political party that undermines those rights is making the minority community most vulnerable. I encourage Democrats to learn from their uncomfortable history and I urge Republicans in Congress to not infringe on the rights of Americans to defend themselves in any way. Law-abiding Americans deserve the right to defend themselves.
Gun control laws have the exact opposite effect as the stated purpose, law abiding folks become less safe. We as a nation need to repeal all firearms laws, the 2nd ammendment is enough.
I am pro gun. I was in on a conversation last night where we were wondering why no one was carrying at WalMart, after all it’s Texas. Why no one took the loon out. If there had been more guns, the dude would have been dead.
Good question. Strange because EP is a pretty big military town. Of course you can’t carry if you live on base. If you live on base Army makes it too ridiculously complicated to carry (unloaded, separated from ammo, locked container in the back, etc) if you’re going and coming.
If you really want to know about the need to get guns off the street look at the results of the old stop and frisk law. There was almost no black overlord that was not carrying a gun.
If “white supremicists” AND black overlords could all carry a weapon for personal defense, society would be safer.
The purpose of gun control laws is to make elites, politicians, and bureaucrats safe, not private citizens.
The more dead blacks, the better, as far as the left is concerned.
The second amendment was clearly promulgated to prevent THE GOVERNMENT from abusing the citizens. The government has automatic weapons. We should have automatic weapons!
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