a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
Right but let me add a touch of reality and truth to this OP claim that is not so accurate, the Black Panthers laid the ground work and foundation for
the modern gun rights movement , they were not followers, if you study history, the Black panthers were always touting their gun rights, what
happened to cause a wave of laws, of course eventually endorsed and signed off on in the District of Columbia and later backed by the Great Reagan, it
was ok for Klansmen to do this sort of thing for years, but in the 60's and 70's the Black Panthers were rarely seen without armed members to mostly
protect themselves against the police.
The fear they instilled when marching in Washington on some occasions was enough to get the ball rolling to start imposing carry rules, laws and
ownership stipulations, that is the real skinny, the OP has a good post but this is nothing new, the Black Panthers always had backup regardless,
until some people started to fear what might happen, so they commenced fashioning the backbone of many of the laws that regulate or ban guns.
NRA was pro gun control until
Excerpt from the above link
" While today’s NRA takes hardline positions against even the most modest gun control measures, this was not always the case. Throughout its
history, the NRA supported gun control, including restrictions on gun ownership, and was not focused on the Second Amendment.
But the organization had a change of heart in the 1970s when the Black Panthers advocated for an individual right to bear arms. Ironically, the
Panthers were the founders of the modern-day gun rights movement, which became the purview of predominantly white, rural conservatives.
The ambiguous reading of the Second Amendment notwithstanding, gun control is as old as the Republic, and the amendment was not interpreted as an
absolute in the early days of the United States. There was a balance between individual rights and public safety.
For example, slaves and freed blacks were barred from gun ownership, reflecting fears that African-Americans would revolt. At the same time, the
founders proscribed gun ownership to many whites, including those who would not swear their loyalty to the Revolution. And contrary to legend, the
“Wild, Wild West” had the most severe gun control policies in America.
Meanwhile, the Black Codes of the post-Civil War South were designed to disempower blacks and reestablish white rule.
This included the prohibition on blacks possessing firearms—a law which was enforced by white gun owners such as the Ku Klux Klan, who terrorized
black communities "
edit on 27-8-2014 by phinubian because: added more accuracy, gun rights for all