A Reader Asks About The Allegedly Racist History Of Gun Control
From: An Inquiring Reader[Email him]
I’ve heard that during Jim Crow, the Southern States ran their gun laws in a totally opposite way of gun laws today–allowing whites citizens to own guns, but preventing blacks from doing so. Is this really true? Or is this merely another Cuckservative narrative?
James Fulford writes: There is some truth to this–in the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction South, whites tried to make sure blacks didn’t carry guns, and as a result, gun rights scholars have been using racism as a stick to beat gun control with for years.
- The Racist Roots of Gun Control, by Clayton E. Cramer, Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y, Winter 1995, at 17)
- The Dark Secret of Jim Crow and the Racist Roots of Gun Control, By Dave Kopel, America’s 1st Freedom, March 2011
What said scholars miss is that the racist gun control of those days wasn’t totally irrational–black crime, even in those days, was much, much, higher than white crime, and in many areas of the South, whites were a numerical minority.
What blue-region white liberals actually want is for the government to disarm the dangerous urban minorities that threaten their children’s safety. Red-region white conservatives, insulated by distance from the Crips and the Bloods, don’t care that white liberals’ kids are in peril. Besides, in sparsely populated Republican areas, where police response times are slow and the chances of drilling an innocent bystander are slim, guns make more sense for self-defense than in the cities and suburbs.
White liberals, angered by white conservatives’ lack of racial solidarity with them, yet bereft of any vocabulary for expressing such a verboten concept, pretend that they need gun control to protect them from gun-crazy rural rednecks, such as the ones Michael Moore demonized in “Bowling for Columbine,” thus further enraging red-region Republicans.
The sense that it’s the opposite of the old days, as the reader says, is that current gun laws do not prevent black criminals from getting guns, but do disarm white homeowners and Asian storekeepers.
I covered this in a speech called Gun Control—Like Immigration Law, Enforced Only Against Those Who Obey It. See also New Gun Control Laws Aimed At “Bitter, Clinging” Whites, But Will Hit Blacks Hardest—As Usual.
Weirdly, the “white liberals” of the New York Times are just wild to restrict normal Americans from owning normal guns in their normal communities, but condemn “stop-and-frisk” policies that get illegal guns out the hands of Manhattan criminals. See The New York Times Finds A Gun Owner It Can Sympathize With—A Convicted Burglar!