Study of racist roots of gun control
From GeorgiaCarry.org comes "Disarm the Negro: the Racist Roots of Georgia Gun Control" (pdf file). Very interesting data on the 1906 Atlanta race riots, where mobs attacked black neighborhoods, the residents fought back (in an early form of straw man sales, light skinned residents bought guns for their neighbors), and police and the state militia responded with house to house searches for guns. The Atlanta Journal ran an editorial entitled "Disarm the Negroes," endorsing the searches with comments such as "Should a collision between the races occur, it would be too late to deplore the fact that the negroes had been permitted to arm themselves." The study also probes why GA law bans carrying at public assemblies, and notes the law was enacted after night riders attacked blacks who were travelling to a ... public assembly, and they fought back.
It also shows how newspapers cheered that fact that facially race-neutral handgun permit laws had been enacted, because they were being applied so as to selectively disarm black citizens.
The Cherokee Nation sounds a lot like Georgia!
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at November 14, 2007 08:51 PM
And now the black urbanite is screaming to be placed back in that same situation. Only difference is he wants the rest of us to join him and a goodly number of the rest of us can't wait to try blackface.
Talk about criminally stupid!
Posted by: straightarrow at November 14, 2007 09:12 PM
Missouri has a similar history behind its (repealed in August) Permit-To-Acquire handgun law, adopted in about 1920 after race riots in East St. Louis, Illinois, scared MO legislators. Originally it gave local sheriffs discretion to grant or deny the permit, which was routinely granted to whites and infrequently to blacks.
Over the years it simply morphed into a nondiscretionary records check. Pro-gun sheriffs ran ran the checks on the spot. But anti-gun sheriffs (mostly around St. Louis and Kansas City) used it to make a handgun purchase as burdensome as possible, requiring 2 separate trips to the courthouse, a week apart, and only during normal business hours. Tough to do if you work a "regular" job at the other end of the county.
Finally, we gathered up enough political muscle to get it repealed. Most of the legislators had no idea where the law had come from in the first place, and many were shocked when they learned the history.
Posted by: wrangler5 at November 14, 2007 10:59 PM
I wonder how many members of the Georgia Militia where black? When the militia becomes an all volunteer force and called the National Guard, it no longer is the defender of the community but a force of oppression by those with the political power.
Posted by: Rudy DiGiacinto at November 15, 2007 11:20 AM
As a Georgian, I'm very thankful for the service groups like GeorgiaCarry do for my state. I can only hope that more people will learn about this nonsense and turn against it.
Posted by: Jonas Salk at November 15, 2007 11:23 AM
I think confronting Georgians with the ugly facts about the inane public gathering ban will be one of the only ways to rev up enough support to get rid of it. That provision, among others that have been enacted and repealed piecemeal over the years, makes GA carry laws some of the worst in the country - but they some potential to be the best.
Posted by: Christopher A. George at November 15, 2007 06:28 PM
Its popular nowadays to judge past events by current standards. Its important to see that past injustices are being made right, done in good faith. Even to the extent of flooding our country with millions of illegal aliens with the agenda of diluting american society so far that the elites will need martial law to restore order. The worst racists were the carpetbaggers. Who came from the oh-so-moral New England North.
Posted by: The Mechanic at November 15, 2007 07:19 PM
Any similar work regarding California? IIRC it was only after the Black Panthers started walking around with rifles (legally) that you started to see strict gun control in CA..
Posted by: Dr. Kenneth Noisewater at November 19, 2007 09:13 AM
It's also interesting to note that the Black Panther Party opposed gun control, going so far in 1967 to carry rifles to the CA State Capitol in protest of a law outlawing the open carrying of rifles in public.
The demonstration scared the crap out of the state legislators, who passed the law in very short order.
Dramatized in the 1995 movie "Panther".
Posted by: Kevin Murphy at November 20, 2007 12:14 AM
Michigan has its own shameful episode in this regard. Dr. Ossian Sweet, a black dentist, bought a home in the white part of town and had to defend himself and his family against a racist mob intent on violence. I haven't established that the restrictive purchase, transportation and carry laws were passed specifically in response to the incident and the subsequent trials but I do know the laws were passed at about that time.
Posted by: allen at November 20, 2007 09:16 AM