Thursday, December 25, 2014

Strict gun laws are bad for blacks: Why African-Americans should value Second Amendment protections

The Daily News: 

"It's little-known that throughout its history, the United States government has gone to great lengths to disarm black people - from early "slave codes" that prohibited blacks from possessing firearms to exorbitant postwar gun tariffs that priced blacks out of the gun market.

As a result, blacks were rendered especially vulnerable. Hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan would probably have been far less effective if blacks had the same access to guns as the white citizens under hoods. The threat remains today - though the culprit is not white men under hoods but crime perpetrators of all colors.

Today's gun control laws may be racially neutral on their face, but they have a clear and disproportionate impact on poor communities of color, which are often left defenseless against predators in their own backyards.

Over the past 20 years, many states and cities have imposed gun laws that allow police and other state agencies to determine which individuals are worthy of gun ownership.

Consistently, blacks are overrepresented among the "unworthy," despite being statistically more likely to confront random violence. Gun bans against public housing residents, supposedly designed to prevent violent crime, have served to disarm poor blacks almost exclusively."

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Gun Control Is "Racist"? The NRA would know

National Rifle Association President David Keene stirred controversy Saturday by insisting that gun control's origins were racist. "You know, when you go back in history," Keene told the Daily Caller, "the initial wave of [gun laws] was instituted after the Civil War to deny blacks the ability to defend themselves." Keene's history is off by at least century—gun control existed in the American colonies and in the founding era—but nonetheless Keene points to an ugly truth about American history: Gun control has historically been used for racist purposes.

And the NRA's president should know: His organization was intimately involved in this history, promoting gun control laws that were tainted with racism.

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Charles W. Cooke - Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights?

Charles W. Cooke, one of National Review's newest and gifted writers confronts the NRA on its past hypocrisy. Despite their rhetoric, the historical record shows that Liberals, Conservatives, and the NRA have not always been on the side of the Second Amendment, especially where blacks were concerned. 

The New York Times:

The Cheetum family in Doerun, Ga., in 1950. Credit Bettmann/Corbis
The first major ban on the open carrying of firearms — a Republican-led bill that was drafted after Black Panthers began hanging around the State Legislature in Sacramento with their guns on display — was signed in 1967 by none other than Gov. Ronald Reagan of California. The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 was primarily a reaction to the scourge of “Saturday night specials” — cheap handguns owned by the poor and the black. The National Rifle Association opposed neither law.

So the fact that one of the seminal Second Amendment cases in American history is named for a black plaintiff is a beautiful and moving thing indeed. McDonald v. Chicago, argued in 2010, was brought by Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old black man tired of watching his neighborhood give way to crime and gang warfare. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Second Amendment applied not just to all people, but to the states as well as to the federal government, and that Chicago was therefore not permitted to prohibit Mr. McDonald from keeping a handgun for his defense.

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Other Resources:

The two articles below go into greater detail about the NRA's double standard when it came to whites and guns vs. white urban immigrants and southern blacks.

The Secret History of Guns
Gun Control, Racism, and the NRA

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Crisis In Fergueson MO

Why are so called BLACK Leaders Anti-GUN?

My response to MrColionNoir's video on why black leaders are anti-gun? Plus, a short history lesson on racist violence against blacks and why I think it's crazy for blacks to oppose gun rights.

Why Are Black "Leaders" Anti Gun ?

The Racist Roots of Gun Control - Documentary film

Great documentary film about the racist history of gun control.

Chicago, Black People and Gun Control

Gus5Boro speaks directly to Chicago residents and addresses the violence, some of the causes radical solutions.


The first initial Gun Control laws were created to keep freed slaves unarmed in America. Today, most Black People in America live in inner-city areas where their Second Amendment has already been destroy and the law abiding, tax paying citizens are prohibited from exercising their right to own firearms. What's happening in the ghetto has absolutely nothing to do with an American's right to buy a gun. It's the culture.

Meet Mary Feilds: A Black gun-totin’ female in the American wild west

Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary (c. 1832 – 1914), was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, and just the second American woman to work for the United States Postal Service.

A Black gun-totin’ female in the American wild west. She was six feet tall; heavy; tough; short-tempered; two-fisted; powerful; and packed a pair of six-shooters and an eight or ten-gauge shotgun. A legend in her own time, she was also known as STAGECOACH MARY.

Born a slave in Tennessee during the administration of Andrew Jackson — a feisty sort with whom she shared driving ambition, audacity, and a penchant for physical altercation on a regular basis. She smoked rather bad homemade cigars.

After the Civil War loosened things up, as a free woman in 1884, having made her way to Cascade County (west central Montana) in search of improved sustenance and adventure, she took a job with the Ursuline nuns at St. Peter Mission. Mary was hired to do ‘heavy work’ and haul freight and supplies to keep the nuns’ operation functional and well fed. She chopped wood, did stone work and rough carpentry, dug certain necessary holes, and when reserves were low she did one of her customary supply runs to the train stop, or even to Great Falls, or the city of Helena when special needs arose.

On such a night run (it wasn’t all that far, but it was cooler at night), Mary’s wagon was attacked by wolves. The terrified horses bolted uncontrollably and overturned the wagon, thereby unceremoniously dumping Mary and all her supplies onto the dark prairie.

The more doubtful part of the story says that Mary kept the wolves at bay for the entire night with her revolvers and rifle. How she could see them in pitch black is not explained, however, she did survive and eventually, when dawn broke, got the freight delivered. Mary’s pay was docked for the molasses that leaked from a keg that was cracked on a rock in the overturn.