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Fact: Founding Fathers registered guns.
Posted - 12/24/2012 7:55:47 AM | show profile | flag this post
Love the lies the NRA and gun net make up about the constitution and America's founding fathers.
Let's ask an historian and law prof:
- The Founding Fathers had gun laws so restrictive that the leaders of today’s NRA wouldn’t support them. Not only were slaves and free blacks barred from having guns, but at times even law-abiding white men.
-The Founding Fathers also had very strict militia laws that required gun owners to appear at mandatory musters with their firearms in tow. The militiamen’s guns would be inspected and even registered on public rolls.
Did our gun culture originate in the Wild West?
-when you went into a frontier town where the civilized people lived, you had to check your guns at the marshal’s office. The famous gun havens of Dodge City, Kan.; Tombstone, Ariz.; and Deadwood, S.D., had the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. They all banned carrying any firearms in public. When Dodge City residents first formed their municipal government in the 1870s, the first law they passed was a gun control law.
- In the 1920s and ’30s, the NRA was at the forefront of the gun control movement. The NRA helped draft and promote, in state after state, laws that restricted the ability of people to carry guns in public. These were gangster weapons that had become popular during Prohibition. The NRA president was asked if the Second Amendment imposed any limitations on what Congress can do. His answer, from today’s perspective, is astounding: He said, “I have not given it any study from that point of view.” And in other writings, that same NRA president said protection for gun owners’ rights comes not from the Constitution but from enlightened public policy.
- It was efforts by the Black Panthers and other radicals to use guns as a means of civil rights protest that led to a wave of gun control laws in the late 1960s. The Black Panthers argued that guns were not just about hunting and sporting activities, but were fundamentally about self-defense. The Panthers also argued that civilians needed guns not just to protect against criminals, but to protect against a government that was insensitive to people’s rights. And like the NRA, the Panthers also thought that people needed to be able to carry guns in public for self-defense, not just have a firearm in the home. All of these ideas were picked up by the emerging gun rights movement.
I love that last Black Panther bit.
Redneck rightwing gun nuts must just burst a vein...
Posted - 12/24/2012 1:44:45 PM | show profile | flag this post
*** I love that last Black Panther bit. ***
So, rooted in fear, lest the Black Panthers take over the world? (At the height of its membership, the Black Panther Party wouldn't have filled one-tenth of the Rose Bowl.)