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January 12, 2013

The Klan's Favorite Law

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Gun control in the postwar South: As Jim Crow intensified, other Southern states enacted gun registration and handgun permit laws.
Registration came to Mississippi (1906), Georgia (1913), and North Carolina (1917). Handgun permits were passed in North Carolina (1917), Missouri (1919), and Arkansas (1923). As one Florida judge explained, the licensing laws were "passed for the purpose of disarming the negro laborers... [and] never intended to be applied to the white population." -- - Reason.com
See also: The Racist Roots of Gun Control

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 12, 2013 6:34 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And today's Democrats attempt to carry on that very tradition of their Democratic forebears in the South--take away the guns from the people who might actually need them.

Posted by: waltj at January 12, 2013 8:15 PM

One of Justice Taney's points in the Dred Scott decision, 1857, was precisely this point.

Scott, a slave owned by John Sanford, brought suit against him on the grounds that his slavery ended when Sanford brought him into states and territories where slavery was illegal according to both state laws and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.

In the 7-2 decision denying Scott's claim, Taney specifically wrote that if Scott was to be freed then it would mean that blacks would enjoy all the same rights as whites, including the right to bear arms:

It would give to persons of the negro race, ...the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, ...to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased ...the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went.

Gun control began as a way to keep the black man down and continues to that end today.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at January 13, 2013 4:53 AM

My goodness, Bill, I didn't know that the socialists and communists were right wing. Thank you for setting me straight.

Posted by: Dave at January 13, 2013 5:25 AM

Dave, I have no idea how you pulled what you said from Bill's comment. The right has always stuck up for unionized big government employees called the police. The police routinely abuse people's rights and the right defends police abuse. The right wing are statists, they just like the state for different reasons than the left.

Posted by: Potise at January 13, 2013 5:55 AM

The Left and the Right occupy the same place on the political spectrum. This spectrum isn't linear, it's circular. The opposite of Right or Left wing is Libertarianism.

Posted by: Peccable at January 13, 2013 7:08 AM

Hey, Bubba! Finger OFF the trigger! And watch where you're pointing the muzzle! Jeez, don't you sheetheads know anything? No, I guess you don't. That's why you're sheetheads.

Posted by: waltj at January 13, 2013 7:48 PM

Sorry, Peccable, but it is a linear scale based on the amount of freedom enjoyed by the individual. On the left is Totalitarianism and on the right is Anarchy.

Posted by: Jason in SD at January 14, 2013 9:50 AM

The spectrum is circular? So, as I become ever stronger in the merits of smaller, limited government, the closer I come to being a fascist? Yeah, right. Step away from the crack pipe, dude.

Posted by: pst314 at January 15, 2013 6:43 AM