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Gun control supporters ignore gun control origins

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President Obama, and a whole lot of other people, want to limit our right to keep and bear arms.  What form that will ultimately take is still to be determined, though Dianne Feinstein’s bill makes it plain that she wants darn near everything.  I find it somewhat amusing that gun control supporters, including President Obama, fail to understand why gun control measures first came about in this nation.

They originated to disarm African Americans.

The earliest measures were not to protect kids from rampaging maniacs.  Those just weren’t around.  No, they were put in place to protect white people from black people.  They weren’t socially progressive policies designed to move us into a “more enlightened period” or anything like that.  Nope.  They were pure, out and out racism.

Is that to say that modern gun control advocates are racist?  I’ll say no.  I have always believed that the vast majority of them are well meaning people who believe that if you remove guns from our streets, you will remove gun violence.  In theory, they may be right.  Unfortunately, reality is a far different thing.

The violent crime rate in the United Kingdom, following their handgun ban, is reportedly almost five times that of the United States.  While their gun crime rate is lower than ours, they have denied the law abiding the means to defend themselves.  There used to be a saying that God created all men, but Sam Colt (who made guns) made all men equal.  There is a truth in that, though it extends beyond the males of the human species.

Guns are the most efficient means for a physically weaker person to defend themselves from a stronger attacker.  Guns are  the most efficient means for a single person to defend themselves from multiple attackers.  Guns are the most efficient means for the law abiding to defend themselves from those with evil intentions.

For many years, those with evil intentions were those who sought to strike out at the black community.  Many gun laws first showed up not to protect these people, who had few enough options as it was.  No, it was to protect the attackers, which is what gun laws generally do anyways.

We find ourselves in the midst of Black History Month, but this is something I doubt you’ll see on any PBS special.  The truth is that, as a minority, the black community should be embracing civilians ownership of arms.  After all, its the only way for them to insure that the bad old days never return.  However, I fear that many will side with President Obama on the issue of guns.

Regardless, I will stand the line to prevent those bad old days from coming back.  Let’s just hope it’s still legal for me to do so.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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