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The racist origins of gun control

Posted By on November 12, 2008

This should come as little surprise to those of you who have had this conversation with me, but Mr. Tahmassebi does a better job than I could..

Highlights:

  • The ownership of arms has always been tied to citizenship. The right to vote, hold office, and own guns is inextricably tied to citizenship in this country. Indeed, denying citizenship was often tied to “well, we can't let them vote or own guns, so we can't let them be citizens”.

  • In the South, gun control was used to disarm freed slaves for persecution by the KKK

  • In the North (specifically New York), gun control was used to disarm Southern and Eastern European immigrants – namely, the undesirable Italian immigrants.

  • In all regions, it was useful to keep labor and agrarian unions and reformers disarmed, lest the cause trouble.

Kind of funny that gun control is a Democratic agenda item, isn't it?


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