Gun Control Laws – and the racist history of those who promote them

Writing at the Daily Caller, Ann Coulter traces the linked history of the Democratic Party, The Ku Klux Klan, and gun control laws.

As Ms. Coulter points out, gun controls were racist from the start. Just as the Democratic Party and it’s “combat brigades,” the Klan, the Patrols, and other race enforcement groups sponsored by Democratic Party operatives have been racist organizations.

Coulter’s item is a good read, and one whose facts can be confirmed by any good history book. But here is a link to the history of the Democratic Party, which, like the proverbial leopard, has not changed its spots.


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2 Responses to Gun Control Laws – and the racist history of those who promote them

  1. Harold says:

    As Ms. Coulter points out, gun controls were racist from the start.

    Much to the surprise of many, that turns out not to be the case if I correctly remember Clayton Cramer’s comments when he published a book that was the result of his usual thorough research. Visit his books page and look for “Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic: Dueling, Southern Violence, and Moral Reform“.

    Published in September, 1999 by Greenwood Publishing, this book examines why Southern states took the lead in the adoption of laws regulating the sale and carrying of concealed weapons before the Mexican War. While many of the antebellum weapons laws were associated with the maintenance of slavery, the principle objective of these particular laws had nothing to do with race, but were an attempt to solve the severe problems of “honor violence” associated with the back country culture of the South.

    On the page is a link to a PDF with the beginning of the book through the first chapter, ordering info etc.

    I might be wrong about the sequencing, but I’m pretty sure the biggest antebellum gun control effort was to address this rather than slaves, since “everyone knew” they couldn’t keep and bear arms, a point made in Dred Scott.

  2. Stranger says:

    The problem with citing dueling and concealed firearms laws that existed before the “War of Southern Secession” is the fact that dueling laws were only sporadically enforced up to and after “The War,” and concealed weapons laws were enforced “in the breach.” A law that is not enforced is essentially a law that does not exist.

    On the other hand, laws against blacks, including freedmen, owning weapons began two centuries earlier and were rigidly enforced both in the South and in the New England states. Which were up to their eyeballs in slavery.

    Consider the money trail for a moment. The ships in the slave trade were built in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They were largely owned by Rhode Islanders. They were financed at near usurious rates by Boston bankers. The worlds largest outfitting port for the “blackbirders” was none other than New York. And a majority of the crews were “Down Easters” from Maine. From Maryland north, everyone got fat on the slave trade, except the slaves.

    Of whom there were many in New York and New England. The disinterred bones from slave cemeteries speak volumes about the brutal conditions imposed on slaves in New York and New England – until they were literally worked to death. It is no wonder that laws that disarmed both slave and free blacks were imposed early and harshly enforced.

    Equally, given the social stratification of the time, it is no wonder that laws forcing a plantation owner or some other white person with social status to carry openly were completely disregarded. It would have been the end of a constable or sheriff’s career and perhaps their life to attempt such a thing.


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