BLACK GUNS MATTER: Examining The Racist Roots of Gun Control in America PT.1

The right to bear arms is a right that has been given to all Americans and enjoyed by Americans of all races since the Bill of Rights was ratified. The second amendment is just as essential and important as all others. However, when elites come in and push their agenda of gun control it causes one to take a deeper look.

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.

While African-Americans constitute only around 13% of the US population they account for half of homicide victims. Photo courtesy of Derwin Edwards from Pexels.com

In the years following the end of the Civil War, Southern whites resolved to ensure that blacks would be defenseless, that they would remain subordinated, still effectively held in bondage. In fact, before the turn of the century “gun control was almost exclusively a Southern phenomenon,” designed to preserve the racist social and economic system of the South. 

There is unhealthy and overlooked relationship between “gun control” and racism.

Some sources say racist gun 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.” [1] 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. [2] Similarly, in the sixteenth century the colony of New Spain, terrified of black slave revolts, prohibited all blacks, free and slave, from carrying arms. [3]

The elites and woke liberals who push for “gun control” fail to acknowledge its racist insinuations and implications. It seems that very few Americans remember that the first task of the Ku Klux Klan was to disarm the black population in the South. Even fewer know that citizen militias repelled white mobs attacking black neighborhoods in many Northern cities in the days before the Civil War. On at least two occasions, those militias were composed entirely of black gun owners. As well sadly few Americans realize that during the freedom struggles of the 1960s, civil rights workers of all races were protected by organized black militias in at least three Southern states (Ken Blackwell).

Currently Mike Bloomberg (a rich democratic candidate) is under fire for resurfaced comments in which he says the way to bring down murder rates is to “put a lot of cops” in minority neighborhoods because that’s where “all the crime is.”

The billionaire and former New York mayor made the comments at a 2015 appearance at the Aspen Institute, as part of an overall defense of his support for the controversial “stop and frisk” policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

Bloomberg launched his Democratic presidential bid late last year with an apology for his support for the policy. On Tuesday, after the comments resurfaced, he reiterated his apology and said his 2015 remarks “do not reflect my commitment to criminal justice reform and racial equity.”

But the audio of his Aspen speech highlights his embrace of the policy just a few years ago, and suggests he was aware of the disproportionate impact of stop-and-frisk on minorities. Bloomberg says that “95 percent” of murders and murder victims are young male minorities and that “you can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops.” To combat crime, he says, “put a lot of cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

This is a reality we must tangibly grapple with. Many Black political leaders need to rethink their opposition to the Second Amendment. By supporting government infringement of the right to bear arms, they are not only violating the Constitution, they are robbing their fellow blacks of the ability to defend themselves and relegating them to second-class citizenship.

The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) was one of the early voices relating civil rights for African Americans and their Second Amendment rights. This report “The Truth About Gun Control, Racism and Genocide” exposes information often suppressed by mainstream media.

Why? Because of the uncomfortable truth that Democrats sought to keep guns from African Americans. And, in fact, Democrats utilized the Ku Klux Klan to oppress Black Americans and in many ways are doing similar things today. Are Bloomberg’s comments just mischaracterized? What does this say about “gun control” policy?

2 Geo. Mason U. C.R. L.J. 67 (1991-1992)
Gun Control and Racism

SOURCES:

APNEWS.COM

1. Thomas N. Ingersoll, “Free Blacks in a Slave Society: New Orleans, 1718-1812”, _William and Marry Quarterly_, 48:2 [April, 1991], 178-79.

2. Daniel H. Usner, Jr., _Indians, Settlers, & Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783_, (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1992), 139, 165, 187.

3. Michael C. Meyer and William L. Sherman, _The Course of Mexican History_, 4th ed., (New York, Oxford University Press: 1991), 216.