The Racism of Gun Control

Black conservative leaders warn that new gun control proposals threaten Americans’ most fundamental civil rights.

Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), recalled the racist pedigree of gun control laws and the grave dangers they create, not just for blacks, but for all Americans.

“I believe that it is our duty to stand together and challenge the proposals currently on the table in the Senate, which invoke painful memories of Jim Crow laws and black codes,” said Parker.

“Black history is rife with government demands for background checks in order to qualify for constitutional rights,” she said at a Washington, D.C. press conference. “All Americans should be concerned.”

The effort to stem further gun control measures comes as left-wing legislators lead a crackdown on the Second Amendment.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), author of the now-expired 1994 assault weapons ban, has introduced proposed legislation banning 157 specific weapons, magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges, and other weapons with features such as a folding stock, pistol grip, or detachable magazines. The Senate Judiciary Committee began considering four gun control bills last week. Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) said the committee will continue voting on the measures this week.

Second Amendment supporters recently rallied across the country at the “Day of Resistance,” a series of protests against the 23 constitutionally dubious executive actions on gun control that President Obama issued in January.

The protests took place after Democrat Joe Salazar, a Colorado state representative, said college women are trigger-happy and can’t be trusted with guns because they’re not smart enough to know when they’re about to be raped.

CURE, which describes itself as the largest black conservative think tank in the nation, argues that legislation pending in the U.S. Senate will limit citizens’ ability to defend themselves, their property, and their families. They also worry that the proposed measures place too much power in the hands of politicians.

CURE plans to hold senators to account by letting urban pastors, business leaders, and other black voters know how lawmakers stand on the Second Amendment — especially Democratic senators soon up for reelection in traditionally Republican states.

Regardless of the intentions of gun-control supporters, every new anti-gun regulation hurts law-abiding Americans. Waiting periods, for example, leave battered women vulnerable to their abusers and shopkeepers at the mercy of street thugs illegally toting guns.

Throughout American history gun control has been used to disarm those without political power, leaving inner-city blacks and poor people in crime-ridden neighborhoods helpless at the hands of criminals.

Today, gun control, enacted under the guise of public safety, is being used to disarm citizens. This has the effect, intended or not, of removing the check on tyrannical government that an armed populace provides. Providing this counter-balance to government power is the primary purpose of the Second Amendment.

Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), doesn’t buy the public safety argument pushed by anti-gun politicians.

“For black Americans, we know that gun control has ultimately been about people control,” he said. “It sprouts from racist soil; be it after the, or during the infamous Dred Scott case where black man’s humanity was not recognized.” (A helpful timeline tracking 1640 to 1995 shows the history of legislative efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of black Americans.)

Figuratively standing on the corpses of the 26 people murdered by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats and leftist groups have been cynically parading shooting victims and their relatives before legislative panels across America. One of the more odious proposals left-wingers are promoting is universal background checks which could be tantamount to gun registration.

Stacy Swimp, president of the Frederick Douglass Society, said “there’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control.” Early gun laws “were put into place to register black folks, to make sure that they would know who we were — that we could not defend ourselves.” (It was former slave and orator Frederick Douglass who said, “A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”)

Black Chamber of Commerce president Harry Alford praised the National Rifle Association, noting its historic role in protecting black Americans.

“The National Rifle Association was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan,” he said. “They would raise money, buy arms, show the free slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. God bless you. Many of us probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the NRA.”

As historian Michael Zak explained in his book, Back to Basics for the Republican Party, after the Civil War ended Republicans passed the Thirteenth Amendment, formally abolishing slavery. Democrats in southern states countered by enacting laws aimed at maintaining control over the ex-slaves.

Zak notes that these “black codes” typically prohibited African-Americans not only from owning guns, but also from operating their own businesses, assembling without authorization, being on the street after nightfall, or traveling without permission from their white employers.

He said the black code in effect in Mississippi stated that “no freedman, free Negro or mulatto, not in the military . . . and not licensed so to do by the board of police of his or her county, shall keep or carry firearms of any kind, or any ammunition…”

“The black codes were abolished, in theory, by the GOP’s 1866 Civil Rights Act, and in practice, by the GOP’s 1868 Reconstruction Act,” Zak says.

After the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868, Democrats strained to find new ways to prevent freed blacks from getting their hands on guns, writes Dave Kopel, research director at the Independence Institute.

Because the new 14th Amendment forbade any state to deny “the equal protection of the laws,” gun control statutes aimed at blacks could no longer be written in overtly racial terms. Instead, the South created racially neutral laws designed to disarm freedmen. Some laws prohibited inexpensive firearms while protecting more expensive military guns owned by former Confederate soldiers. Meanwhile, other laws imposed licensing systems or carry restrictions. As a Florida Supreme Court justice later acknowledged, these laws were “never intended to be applied to the white population” (Watson v. Stone, 1941).

Meanwhile, anti-gun rights proposals are now being considered in various states including Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, and Washington.

President Obama has been interfering in state politics by using his Saul Alinsky-inspired nonprofit group, Organizing for Action, to attack Second Amendment rights in state legislatures. Until recently Organizing for Action (formerly Organizing for America) had been a project of the Democratic National Committee.

After the massacre in Connecticut, New York limited semiautomatic rifle magazines to seven cartridges. Egged on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a strident left-wing Democrat who wants to be president someday, lawmakers were not deterred by the fact that there is no such thing as a seven-round semiautomatic rifle magazine.

The Supreme Court has blown away gun grabbers in recent years. In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the high court struck down the draconian ban on gun ownership that had long been in effect in the nation’s capital. The court found for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia affirming what serious constitutional scholars had known for years.

The court followed up in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, making it clear that the individual right to keep and bear arms acknowledged in the Heller ruling applies to the states as well. That 2010 decision quashed a Chicago city ordinance banning the possession of handguns. Along with civil rights opponents in the Illinois state legislature, Chicago’s thug mayor Rahm Emanuel and his predecessor began fighting the ruling the day it was rendered.

Even liberal constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe reluctantly concedes that –at a minimum– the Second Amendment safeguards the individual right of Americans to “possess and use firearms in the defense of themselves and their homes.”

Perhaps the left-wingers agitating for more gun control should listen to Professor Tribe.

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  • Mary Sue

    Silly rabbits, gun control isn't to stop people from killing each other! It's to stop the inner city law abiding citizens from defending themselves so they can milk the deathtoll!

    • UCSPanther

      And to provide more victims for the gangs to exploit.

    • marsconi

      The left is very, very afraid of blacks with guns!! If that's not racism, what is? Note, that the people who benefit the most from loosening hand gun control laws are the people in the areas with the most crime..I.E. The inner city areas!

    • Asher

      Definitely….The Left wants to increase the casualties not stop them!

  • AdinaK

    Anyone who still believes that the Obama regime, and its surrogates, care about Blacks, is smoking crack. In fact, under their reign the Black community has disintegrated into ever more chaos. Of course, every American is also affected, except for those closest to the regime.

    To be sure, gun control will be the breaking point for America, and this is their goal. However, many Americans are becoming hip to their jive talk, hopefully others will jump on board before it is too late –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • FarmrDave

    It is not about gun control. It IS about our public servants following the law, their oaths of office. It is about freedom and control. Every congressperson, the president, all government employees have taken an oath to uphold the constitution. Passing, signing, or enforcing anti-constitutional legislation is outside of the power granted to those positions. Our agreement is (constitution and amendments) those who work for us in the government are allowed to do certain things as listed in the constitution period. Infringing on Americans natural guaranteed right to keep and bear arms is specifically listed in the 2nd amendment to the constitution is denied to government.

  • PhillipGaley

    Was it Pres. Grant who proposed laws requiring felony charges against anyone who wrongfully confiscated firearms? But, was persuaded to drop the matter because, such a law would include the Black population, also, . . .

  • tagalog

    It's funny how libs get all fluttery when the issue of blacks and guns come up. They're like the fan-flapping belles of Gone With the Wind, or the Mexican duenas in Viva Zapata! When something is said that is on point, the fans go all a-flutter.

    Their faces turned all pasty white when Malcolm X began talking about blacks forming gun clubs back in the day. When the California Black Panthers demonstrated, arms in hand, at the state legislature in Sacramento, that got passed over pretty quickly on the libbie front. Robert F. Williams and the Black Armed Guard don't have much legitimacy with liberals, either.

    I guess they like their victims undiluted by self-reliance.

  • Asher

    Lack of protection to normal citizens will make this planet a war zone so the government can do what they want to the citizens.

    • tagalog

      As witness the Dept. of Homeland Security contracting for the purchase of 450 million rounds of .40 cal. pistol ammo.

  • Western Spirit

    A defenseless public is "Brown Shirt" friendly territory. Dictators need to control who shoots who and guns are called "equalizers" for a reason. In fact ridding the public of guns is essential in setting up an unequal dictatorship.

    Of course the founders made the Constitution for a moral people and that includes the 2nd Amendment. That's why morality is not a religious concern at all but absolutely necessary for our form of government to work.

    Social Conservatism is not an option but at the heart of American democracy. We mock Social Conservatism at our peril. No morality, no America it's as simple as that. Morality and freedom are interchangeable.

    • DickG

      And, down on the farm, the Pig said "All animals are equal. It's just that some animals are more equal than others."

  • scum

    Sounds like you're now supporting the Black Panthers.

    • UCSPanther

      Imagine if people in Chicago housing projects were armed and could stand up for themselves. Then, you wouldn't see those places getting infested with the likes of the Gangster disciples…

  • ratonis

    Recently I was watching a documentary on the civil rights movement of the 60s and early 70s, as reported by a Swedish filmmaker. The documentary featured a very interesting interview with Angela Davis, sporting her iconic huge Afro hairdo. The person interviewed her asked her if she was afraid of the movement becoming violent, whereupon she offered, in calm but passionately measure tones, her take on violence. She told of how in her hometown of Birmingham, ruled by Bull Conner, the blacks had no recourse but to take up arms to protect themselves. Her message was clear: her people (father, neighbors) "had to resort" to firearms to protect themselves against an oppressive and dangerous GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENT. As I listened to this, I thought how ironic it was to hear Angela Davis sounding so much like an NRA advocate of today, say someone like Ted Nugent or a Tea Party member. And, I have read elsewhere how black Americans protected themselves against white racist (and mostly Democratic) government people during the civil rights era. It was interesting, though, to experience myself giving a sympathetic ear to Angela Davis. Life never ceases to offer up surprises!

  • Gee

    "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one." – Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist in 1764. -Thomas Jefferson

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.-Thomas Jefferson

    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.-Thomas Jefferson

    The leftists are not talking about gun control but people control. They are not talking about banning weapons, they are talking about banning certain classes of people from owning them. ie. law abiding citizens.

    Criminals by definition do not obey the law and they want the police to have the exact same weapons they propose banning, why? Do the police live somewhere else than the rest of us that they need those weapons?

  • polnick

    Every citizen should be allowed to own a handgun, even those with a criminal record. Knives can be deadly, but they are harmless in the hands of most teenagers. Disarming the public makes sense only to a pacifist wimp.

  • Gabe

    The population of a country don't need guns to fight an oppressive government as guns aren't the weapon of the 21st century. The communication tools available to us now couldn't have been conceived by the authors of the bill of rights as if they had they would have ensured that every citizen had the right to hold an uncensored Twitter account and the means to operate it.
    The effect communication has is far greater, more efficient, and less deadly than a gun and we've seen first hand the power placed, literally, in the hands of citizens during the Arab Spring.

    • UCSPanther

      I’ll tell you what dictators fear more than the free flow of information: The bite of a high velocity chunk of lead in the back of their heads. And I need not tell you what the people used in those countries to fight their dictator’s stormtroopers. Hint: It wasn’t twitter.

      Just ask Nicolae Ceasescu and his beloved wife, Elena…

    • UCSPanther

      In other words, if I was a dictator, I wouldn't fear people talking trash about me on Twitter, Facebook or Myspace, for I could just shut it down, but I would fear a rebel aiming an M14 loaded with soft points at my head.

    • Gee

      You have to be kidding right? The government OWNS the air waves and take over the entire phone system in a matter of seconds. They can also take over the internet.

      "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." – Thomas Jefferson – author of the 2nd Amendment

  • g_jochnowitz

    In her speech "A Declaration of a State of War," Bernardine Dohrn said, "Guns and grass are united in the youth underground."

  • Thomas Jefferson

    I wonder what 100million armed americans means to gun grabbers?ans. Their quick demise.

  • westcoastdave

    Dissapointed a friend of mine in the DC area was not mentioned- Pastor Kenn Blanchard spoke there also. He has written a book, "Black Man With a Gun" and is doing some groundbreaking work through his blog of the same name.

  • tanstaafl

    Gun control is not about guns, it is about control.