We keep hearing the liberal talking point saying that gun owners are afraid of gun control because they are “afraid of black mobs coming after
I’ve heard this argument several times on many different stations and each time I hear it, I can’t help but thinking that maybe these people are
projecting their own fears onto their ideological opponents. The Democratic Party was for a long time the party of the Ku Klux Clan and they only
managed to change that image by supporting Civil Rights legislation in the 60’s that could arguably be seen as being used to keep the black man down
and dependent on government for their livelihood.
Has this party really changed its stripes or is their support for gun control laws just another part of their hidden agenda of control of minorities?
Racist origins of gun control [color=463E3F]and the war on drugs
It’s no secret that that the Ku Klux Klan was the first organization in America to lobby for gun control laws and that these gun control laws were
specifically designed to keep African Americans from ever owning or possessing firearms. It’s also important to note that nearly all gun control
laws in America originated in the South and were indeed an overt form of racism as well as an abridgment of the civil rights of African Americans.
The favorite tactic of the gun grabbers was to price firearms out of the range of blacks and poor whites to ensure that only the “responsible”
classes of people were able to afford to protect themselves.
Gun control: white man’s law
As Kates documents, prohibitions against the sale of cheap handguns originated in the post-Civil War South. Small pistols selling for as little
as 50 or 60 cents became available in the 1870s and '80s, and since they could be afforded by recently emancipated blacks and poor whites (whom
agrarian agitators of the time were encouraging to ally for economic and political purposes), these guns constituted a significant threat to a
southern establishment interested in maintaining the traditional structure.
Consequently, Kates notes, in 1870 Tennessee banned "selling all but 'the Army and Navy model' handgun, i.e., the most expensive one, which was
beyond the means of most blacks and laboring people." In 1881, Arkansas enacted an almost identical ban on the sale of cheap revolvers, while in
1902, South Carolina banned the sale of handguns to all but "sheriffs and their special deputies--i.e., company goons and the KKK." In 1893 and
1907, respectively, Alabama and Texas attempted to put handguns out of the reach of blacks and poor whites through "extremely heavy business and/or
transactional taxes" on the sale of such weapons. In the other Deep South states, slavery-era bans on arms possession by blacks continued to be
enforced by hook or by crook.
This isn’t just some crackpot theory advanced by the NRA and conservative Republicans; many black civil rights activists have taken note of the
racist origins of gun control.
Gun control: white man’s law
Detroit resident General Laney is the founder and prime mover behind a little publicized organization known as the National Black Sportsman's
Association, often referred to as "the black gun lobby." Laney pulls no punches when asked his opinion of gun control: "Gun control is really race
control. People who embrace gun control are really racists in nature. All gun laws have been enacted to control certain classes of people, mainly
black people, but the same laws used to control blacks are being used to disarm white people as
Laney is not the first to make this observation. Indeed, allied with sportsmen in vocal opposition to gun controls in the 1960s were the militant
Black Panthers. Panther Minister of Information, Eldridge Cleaver noted in 1968: "Some very interesting laws are being passed. They don't name me;
they don't say, take the guns away from the 'n-word's. They say that people will no longer be allowed to have (guns). They don't pass these rules
and these regulations specifically for black people, they have to pass them in a way that will take in everybody."
Some white liberals have said essentially the same thing. Investigative reporter Robert Sherrill, himself no lover of guns, concluded in his book The
Saturday Night Special that the object of the Gun Control Act of 1968 was black control rather than gun control. According to Sherrill, Congress was
so panicked by the ghetto riots of 1967 and 1968 that it passed the act to "shut off weapons access to blacks, and since they (Congress) probably
associated cheap guns with ghetto blacks and thought cheapness was peculiarly the characteristic of imported military surplus and the mail-order
traffic, they decided to cut off these sources while leaving over-the-counter purchases open to the affluent."
Some even claim that it was the ultra-radical, leftist group, the Black Panthers who started the modern day gun rights movement.
Love Your Gun? Thank the Black Panthers, Says New Book
In his research for “Gunfight,” Winkler also noted a close intersection
between guns and racism. “It was a constant pressure among white racists to keep guns out of the hands of African-Americans, because they would rise
up and revolt.” he said. “The KKK began as a gun-control organization. Before the Civil War, blacks were never allowed to own guns. During the
Civil War, blacks kept guns for the first time – either they served in the Union army and they were allowed to keep their guns, or they buy guns on
the open market where for the first time there’s hundreds of thousands of guns flooding the marketplace after the war ends. So they arm up because
they know who they’re dealing with in the South. White racists do things like pass laws to disarm them, but that’s not really going to work. So
they form these racist posses all over the South to go out at night in large groups to terrorize blacks and take those guns away. If blacks were
disarmed, they couldn’t fight back.”
Winkler also said that in the 1960s, laws passed by social conservatives to disarm black urban radicals like the Black Panthers in turn
sparked a backlash that became the modern gun-rights movement.
It seems strange that we have an ultra-left wing group for protecting our gun rights but, adversity does create strange bedfellows and any enemy of my
enemy is an ally in the fight for freedom. They recognized that the 2nd amendment ensured all of our other rights against government oppression.
It is funny how they have managed to control the rhetoric in this debate to such an extent that it is the man who questions their gun grabbing who is
now considered the racist.
A flimsy piece of paper called the Constitution cannot protect our rights, it is only the citizen’s ability to stand up and defend their rights that
ensures that those other rights cannot be violated. We already see how badly Washington ignores the Constitution today; imagine how much worse the
situation would be if we did not have our gun rights to back up the few remaining rights the government permits us to hold on to?
The second amendment is the key to preserving all the other rights enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Without it, there would be
nothing stopping the government from suspending all our freedoms and declaring itself a dictatorship.
I believe we are living in the times of the endgame on the part of the elites to enslave mankind. They have finally reduced the white middle-class in
America to almost the same level of economic desperation as the blacks and other minorities and want to see all the middle-class disarmed before they
proceed with their plan. The elites want to reduce the majority of mankind to a level of servitude to their great corporations resembling the slavery
of ancient times. The right to bear arms may be the only think standing in the way of their achieving this goal.