Atlantic Magazine: The Secret History of Gun Control

October 3rd, 2011

Here’s an good article by Adam Winkler on the history of gun control. An interesting bit a framing to look back to a time when militant black organizations were the ones toting guns in public and the patron saint of Republicans, Ronald Reagan, was for strict gun control.

When I see Republicans defending the rights of people to bring loaded guns to protests just across the street from where the president of the United States is speaking, I am often reminded of Bill Maher’s question about how those same people would feel if the president was a Republican and the angry crowd of people protesting government “tyranny” and toting guns were black men.

Winkler reminds us that we have seen this before. And when Huey Newton the Black Panthers were tailing the police with guns and bearing arms in the California capitol, the same people that oppose any form of gun control were on the opposite side of the issue.

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