I read that after the Civil War, the freed slaves were forced to surrender any guns they had to the government. While casually flipping around the internet I arrived at a wonderful site call Firearms and Liberty which included an essay on the racist roots of gun control which suggested the theme I was investigating
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.
I thought that if gun ownership was systematically denied to African-Americans in the past, the NRA would be eager to get behind a movement to make restitution and arm all the black men and women in the inner city or even on the farm or plantation. This would be entirely consistent with the NRA struggles to place a loaded gun in the back pocket or purse of every American whether on the street, in church, or three sheets to the wind outside Duffy’s Tavern. I’m pretty sure the opportunity to promote firearms for angry African-Americans will rapidly take over the Firearms and Liberty site so I want to make certain that everyone is familiar with it. Again, here is the link to Firearms and Liberty.
I noticed several interesting items poking around the Firearms and Liberty site. I’ve always had trouble with the interpretation of poetry so I’m not really sure to whom this little poem is addressed, but if I was George W. Bush I might want to worry (and Mitt should just go home now and supervise the installation of those new car elevators). Here is the fun little poem: