Racist Politicians Want Your Guns
Commentary by Richard W. Stevens, Esq.
What’s the dirty little secret behind "gun control" in
America? Here are some hints: Working forever without pay.
Whipping and torture. Buying and selling of human beings. Hate.
Fear. Suspicion. Terrorism.
These hints recall the evil days of slavery, and post-Civil
War periods of rule by terror. Those who would own human beings
as slaves created "gun control" laws to keep the power in their
own hands. They could not keep African slaves and their American
descendants under lifelong control without making sure the slaves
Free black people had served honorably and with distinction
in the Revolutionary War. Yet under a 1792 federal law, black
men could not serve as part of the state militias. In Louisiana,
slaves were forbidden to use a firearm even in self-defense. In
South Carolina, slaves could not possess guns without a master’s
permission. Black persons, whether slave or free, had to have a
license or a judge’s permission before they could carry a
firearm in Florida and Delaware. For black people, guns were
banned entirely in several states. Florida laws empowered white
"citizen patrols" to invade and search blacks’ homes for guns or
other weapons. None of these policies applied, of course, to
After the Civil War, "gun control" laws kept black people
"in their place." Blacks had to obtain licenses to have guns in
Mississippi and Louisiana. Alabama banned all guns in 1866 --
for blacks. Later, Alabama and Texas placed huge taxes on the
sale of handguns, which effectively banned guns for the poor.
Tennessee and Arkansas banned the inexpensive handguns which
were the only types that poor black people could afford. South
Carolina banned all handguns, except those for police and
Those American "gun control" laws worked: they disarmed most
black people. The Ku Klux Klan and others could freely terrorize
black families without fear. Unarmed victims couldn’t shoot
back. Lynch law ruled, and claimed at least 3,446 lives up
through the end of the Civil Rights movement.
Gun registration. Licensing. Judicial permit. Police
approval. High taxes on guns and ammunition. Selective gun
bans. Total gun bans. Police "gun sweeps" of private homes.
The "gun control" lobby advocates all of these policies
today. These policies historically worked in the past to disarm
a targeted people. These policies will have the same effect now.
Although the gun prohibitionists have dropped the race hate
rhetoric, they use the tried-and-true methods of the slave owners
and Klansmen. The same means must achieve the same end: control
of the unarmed people.
The slave owners feared that armed slaves would not long
tolerate their condition. Modern politicians act like they have
the same fear. Are we peaceful American citizens the modern day
slaves who must be kept in our place?
What do these politicians fear from an armed man who wants
to defend his family from violence in a bad neighborhood? How
does a woman who carries a concealed weapon while walking at
night cause crime?
Race-based "gun control" is not ancient history. The federal
Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed as a response to race riots in
major cities. The GCA wasn’t passed to combat ordinary street
crime or gang violence -- white "liberal" racism energized that
Makers, sellers and users of firearms can derail the recent
law suits and destroy "gun control" by putting the gun
prohibitionists on the defensive. Make them explain why they
favor racism-based laws. To learn more about this strategy to
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About the author, Richard Stevens
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