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A few thoughts on Gun Control

Tweeted @ @marklevinshow:

Chicago has the toughest gun laws in Country. This year 446 school age children have been shot and 62 killed in Chicago!

Special kind of stupid

Tweeted @WilliamTeach:

Weird how Dems weren’t calling for gun control when Islamist went on a rampage at Ft. Hood

Liberal Second Amendment

The following is excerpted from http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/335987/gun-owners-segregationists-and-jim-sleeper-charles-c-w-cooke by Charles C.W. Cooke:

Anybody who bothers to look up 1857′s Dred Scott v. Sandford decision will notice right away the court’s awful observation that if slaves were permitted to enjoy full citizenship rights, then they would — shock horror! — enjoy the right

“to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

This, the court thought, would be disastrous.

Gun control is racist

The fear of blacks with guns is not, of course, new. The very first gun-control measures in American history were designed to keep arms out of the hands of blacks and Indians:

The Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies both prohibited the sale of guns to Indians in the early seventeenth century, and the “Black Codes” of the mid-eighteenth century required French colonists in Louisiana to disarm and beat “any black carrying any potential weapon.”

Many pre-Civil War state constitutions went further, reserving the right to bear arms … to “freemen,” which, naturally, meant whites. After their damnable cause was lost, the KKK picked up and ran with disarmament as a way of keeping blacks down.

As Adam Winkler has observed, “gun control” was “at the very top of its agenda.” The Democratic party’s “Black Codes,” which barred former slaves from owning guns in the (segregated) post-bellum South, were passed for the same purpose.

It is no accident that the first draft of the 1871 Anti-Klan Act contained a provision that made it a federal crime to

“deprive any citizen of the United States of any arms or weapons he may have in his house or possession for the defense of his person, family, or property,”

for that was exactly what segregationists set out to do.

Robert Franklin Williams’s classic work, Negroes with Guns, tells a tale of the KKK’s systematic attempt to disarm black Americans — and of the National Rifle Association’s work in forming a counter-group called the “Black Armed Guard” — as late as the as the 1950s.

As Williams points out, it was guns in the hands of his family that saved their lives and allowed them — literally — to fight the KKK and their allies.

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Republicans, Democrats and Blacks

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The Civil Rights Act of 1871 is still one of the most powerful authorities with which state and federal courts may protect those whose rights are deprived.

Ku Klux Klan means “Circle of Brothers” [kuklos = Greek for circle].

1869–1871   41st Congress   3 Blacks, all Republicans, 1 Senator
1871–1873   42nd Congress  5 Blacks, all Republicans
1873–1875   43rd Congress   7 Blacks, all Republicans
1875–1877   44th Congress   7 Blacks, all Republicans, 1 Senator
1877–1879   45th Congress   4 Blacks, all Republicans, 1 Senator

Enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 suppressed Klan activity. In 1874 and later, newly organized and openly active paramilitary organizations, such as the White League and the Red Shirts, started a fresh round of violence aimed at suppressing blacks’ voting and running Republicans out of office.

The violence and laws designed to prevent Blacks from voting allowed segregationist white Democrats to regain political power in all Southern states by 1877.

The number of Blacks elected to Congress began to decline until, from 1902 to 1929, there were none.

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Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_United_States_Congress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1871
http://millercenter.org/president/events/04_20
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan
http://baic.house.gov/historical-data/representatives-senators-by-congress.html

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