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Racist gun control
By: Geoff Metcalf
Monday, October 4, 1999

The legislative mania, which is sweeping the country to disarm law-abiding citizens, is fascinating. There is an overwhelming abundance of facts and figures, which document that guns, as tools, are good. Two incontestable axioms are: 1) Take guns away, and make it ponderous to own guns, and crime increases; and 2) Permit and encourage lawful gun ownership, and crime decreases. I have written and talked about those two facts a lot ... as some complain, too much.

In the wake of the renewed legislative mania to ban guns (big guns, small guns, ugly guns, and new guns) I have been researching the real reasons, motivation, and hidden agenda to gun prohibition. I often observe that "some people just don't want to be confused with facts which contradict their preconceived opinions." I don't often comment on the collorary to that "When you find facts that support your preconceived opinion, it's cool." It is always encouraging when you stumble across well-documented support for what one feels is a controversial epiphany. That has just happened to me.

Notwithstanding the disingenuous, duplicitous tripe we hear from the myopic ideologues about the imperative to disarm America (and if Kofi Annin had his way ... the world), the stark realities of gun control should gag even the most devoted bleeding heart, anti-constitutionalist, socialist liberal.

Gun control is racist and elitist. The Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy (Winter 1995) includes "The Racist Roots of Gun Control." The article documents the "historical record provides compelling evidence that racism underlies gun control laws -- and not in any subtle way."

The realization that gun control is racist and, tangentially, a means of weakening and making vulnerable to the whim of the power elite any and all "ordinary" people is significant. The vast left wing conspiracy has consistently and routinely positioned themselves as "the protectors of the downtrodden." However, what they inevitably fail to acknowledge is that by denying anyone and everyone the most basic inalienable right to protect and defend self, family and property, the presumed "protectors" are in fact, oppressors. Throughout much of American history, gun control was openly stated as a method for keeping blacks and Hispanics "in their place," and to quiet the racial fears of whites.

The United States is neither the Lone Ranger, nor innovator of gun control as a means of controlling. Thomas Ingersoll (William and Mary Quarterly, 1991) observed as far back as 1751, "the French Black Code required Louisiana colonists to stop any blacks, and if necessary, beat "any black carrying any potential weapon, such as a cane." If a black refused to stop on demand, and was on horseback, the colonist was authorized to "shoot to kill." However, reality occasionally obstructed desires. In 18th century Louisiana the very real "fear of Indian attack, and the importance of hunting to the colonial economy, slave possession of firearms was at times a necessity." Although the controlling colonists feared blacks with guns, they feared Indians more, and they needed armed blacks to be around to defend them when necessary (gee, that sounds kinda familiar). So, "as a result, French Louisiana passed laws that allowed slaves and free blacks to possess firearms only under very controlled conditions."

A 1993 essay by Edmund Morgan noted that "The aristocratic power structure of colonial Virginia found itself confronting a political challenge from lower class whites. These poor whites resented how the men who controlled the government used that power to concentrate wealth into a small number of hands." Gosh oh gee golly ... DAMN, that DOES sound familiar. "These wealthy feeders at the government trough would have disarmed poor whites if they could, but the threat of both Indian and pirate attack made this impractical; for all white men 'were armed and had to be armed. ...' Instead, blacks, who had occupied a poorly defined status between indentured servant and slave, were reduced to hereditary chattel slavery, so that poor whites could be economically advantaged, without the upper class having to give up its privileges."

Can you see a common thread here? Vladmir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, General Tojo, Emperor Hirohito, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Josef Broz Tito, Nicolae Ceausescu, Ho Chi Min, Deng Zhou-Ping, Idi Amin, Muimar Qadaffi, Saddam Hussein, Zheng Ze-Min, Fidel Castro all were or are despotic rulers. They ALL forced civilian disarmament. Collectively they are responsible for the deaths of over 56 million people.

The most recent example of the inherent racism of gun control can be seen in Kosovo. Imagine yourself as a resident of Kosovo when some armed "legal authority" knocks (or kicks) on your door requiring you and your family submit to summary execution. Before you discount the possibility as creative writing hyperbole, consider some Americans already have family experience similar to that "what if." Families of American Jews, Africans and Cambodians have already been there ... done that.

Germany, China, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Congo, Turkey, Burundi, Burma, Angola, Somalia, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Argentina, Namibia, Chili, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Columbia, Yemen, Botswana, and soon South Africa have ALL killed their citizens within the lifetime of your grandmother, mother, wife, and children.

If you are one of the conditioned, naive sheeple whom would say, "Oh yes, that is all terrible, but it could never happen HERE" -- it already has. Just look back to 1994 and the warrantless searches of PRIVATE residences for guns in Chicago housing projects. Those warrantless searches were eventually blocked by a judge, but the media and our president were obviously unimpressed with the blatant violation of Fourth Amendment protections.

Gun control has always been racist and discriminatory. The ultimate objective of gun control is to control an unarmed people by an armed oppressor.

Reprinted with Permission of Geoff Metcalf

Mr. Metcalf is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Veto The Governor initiative to get The Right to Keep and Bear Arms amended into the California Constitution.  

Hire Geoff Metcalf to speak at your organization, event, or group. For further information click here.

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