Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.
P.O. Box 270143
Hartford, WI 53027
Phone (800) 869-1884
Fax (425) 451-3959
Racist Politicians Want Your Guns
Commentary by Richard W. Stevens, JD
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
What's the dirty little secret behind "gun control" in America? Hereare some hints: Working forever without pay. Whipping and torture. Buyingand selling of human beings. Hate. Fear. Suspicion. Terrorism.
These hints recall the evil days of slavery, and post-Civil War periodsof rule by terror. Those who would own human beings as slaves created"gun control" laws to keep the power in their own hands. They could notkeep African slaves and their American descendants under lifelong controlwithout making sure the slaves remained unarmed.
Free black people had served honorably and with distinction in theRevolutionary War. Yet under a 1792 federal law, black men could not serveas part of the state militias. In Louisiana, slaves were forbidden to use afirearm even in self-defense. In South Carolina, slaves could not possessguns without a master's permission. Black persons, whether slave or free,had to have a license or a judge's permission before they could carry afirearm in Florida and Delaware. For black people, guns were bannedentirely in several states. Florida l aws empoweredwhite "citizen patrols" toinvade and search blacks' homes for guns or other weapons. None of thesepolicies applied, of course, to white people.
After the Civil War, "gun control" laws kept black people "in theirplace." Blacks had to obtain licenses to have guns in Mississippi andLouisiana. Alabama banned all guns in 1866 -- for blacks. Later, Alabamaand Texas placed huge taxes on the sale of handguns, which effectivelybanned guns for the poor.
Tennessee and Arkansas banned the inexpensive handguns which werethe only types that poor black people could afford. South Carolina banned allhandguns, except those for police and deputies.
Those American "gun control" laws worked: they disarmed most blackpeople. The Ku Klux Klan and others could freely terrorize black familieswithout fear. Unarmed victims couldn't shoot back. Lynch law ruled, andclaimed at least 3,446 lives up through the end of the Civil Rights movement.
Gun registration. Licensing. Judicial permit. Police approval. Hightaxes on guns and ammunition. Selective gun bans. Total gun bans. Police"gun sweeps" of private homes. Sound familiar?
The "gun control" lobby advocates all of these policies today. Thesepolicies historically worked in the past to disarm a targeted people. Thesepolicies will have the same effect now.
Although the gun prohibitionists have dropped the race hate rhetoric,they use the tried-and-true methods of the slave owners and Klansmen. Thesame means must achieve the same end: control of the unarmed people.
The slave owners feared that armed slaves would not long tolerate theircondition. Modern politicians act like they have the same fear. Are wepeaceful American citizens the modern day slaves who must be kept in ourplace?
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