Gun Ownership : The Racist Roots of Gun Control

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  1. Destee

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    The Racist Roots of Gun Control

    The historical record provides compelling evidence that racism underlies gun control laws -- and not in any subtle way. Throughout much of American history, gun control was openly stated as a method for keeping blacks and Hispanics "in their place," and to quiet the racial fears of whites. This paper is intended to provide a brief summary of this unholy alliance of gun control and racism, and to suggest that gun control laws should be regarded as "suspect ideas," analogous to the "suspect classifications" theory of discrimination already part of the American legal system.

    Racist arms laws predate the establishment of the United States. Starting in 1751, the French Black Code required Louisiana colonists to stop any blacks, and if necessary, beat "any black carrying any potential weapon, such as a cane." If a black refused to stop on demand, and was on horseback, the colonist was authorized to "shoot to kill." Slave possession of firearms was a necessity at times in a frontier society, yet laws continued to be passed in an attempt to prohibit slaves or free blacks from possessing firearms, except under very restrictively controlled conditions. Similarly, in the sixteenth century the colony of New Spain, terrified of black slave revolts, prohibited all blacks, free and slave, from carrying arms.

    In much the same way, gun control has historically been a tool of racism, and associated with racist attitudes about black violence. Similarly, many gun control laws impinge on that most fundamental of rights: self-defense. Racism is so intimately tied to the history of gun control in America that we should regard gun control aimed at law-abiding people as a "suspect idea," and require that the courts use the same demanding standards when reviewing the constitutionality of a gun control law, that they would use with respect to a law that discriminated based on race.


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    The gun law sucks .....this there way to keep us grounded and un-protective so they can do whatever......
     
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    Thank you for this Destee ive been talking about this for a while now and it really boils my blood to hear blacks advocating gun control when they dont know the roots and how could most when they dont bother to research it. thank you again for your post.
     
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    The irony of ignorance .....
     
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    Truth! Truth, Truth, and more Truth! Awesome post...

    I've been telling people about this for forever.
     
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    "There's been a lot of talk regarding gun control through tougher gun laws in wake of the tragic movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado last week.

    Rapper Ice-T has spoken out regarding the topic, defending Americans' constitutional right to bear arms, calling gun ownership the "last defense against tyranny".

    Ice-T interview
     
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    Im not quite sure what you mean or how you mean? please explain?
     
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    The really tragic legacy of a white population in denial about their mainstays rise to the level of movers and shakers of this present nation's major public and private institutions, is how much some of our own identifies themselves on the basis of the same sick ideas ad naseum...

    I. e., the same complaints my and our past generation had about their mindsets, now get hyped via some gangsta rap lyrics, e. g., obsession with guns ad naseum...

    Like white mad scientists, some of our own are being made over in their own images...

    FYI...
     
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