I don’t often read Ann Coulter, since she’s much too acidic for my taste. But her piece Negroes with Guns hits more than one nail squarely on the head, so much so that I’m tempted to ask her to help me build a gazebo in my back yard.
The main points are these.
The Democrats, both ante- and post-bellum, have always sought to keep weapons out of the hands of blacks, to keep them defenseless and therefore submissive. Hence their devotion to gun control.
The Republicans have always adhered to the right-to-keep-and-bear-arms perspective, both directly and through the NRA. Wherever blacks had acquired arms and weren’t afraid to use them in self-defense, KKK vagaries had diminished.
A few pertinent quotes:
Gun control laws were originally promulgated by Democrats to keep guns out of the hands of blacks. This allowed the Democratic policy of slavery to proceed with fewer bumps and, after the Civil War, allowed the Democratic Ku Klux Klan to menace and murder black Americans with little resistance.
…the KKK was an outgrowth of the Democratic Party, with overlapping membership rolls.
In 1640, the very first gun control law ever enacted on these shores was passed in Virginia. It provided that blacks — even freemen — could not own guns.
Chief Justice Roger Taney‘s infamous opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford circularly argued that blacks could not be citizens because if they were citizens, they would have the right to own guns: “[I]t would give them the full liberty,” he said, “to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”
After the [Civil] war, Democratic legislatures enacted “Black Codes,” denying black Americans the right of citizenship — such as the rather crucial one of bearing arms — while other Democrats (sometimes the same Democrats) founded the Ku Klux Klan.
Under authority of the Anti-Klan Act, President Grant deployed the U.S. military to destroy the Klan, and pretty nearly completed the job. But the Klan had a few resurgences in the early and mid-20th century. Curiously, wherever the Klan became a political force, gun control laws would suddenly appear on the books.
The NRA opposed these discretionary gun permit laws and proceeded to grant NRA charters to blacks who sought to defend themselves from Klan violence — including the great civil rights hero Robert F. Williams.
All in all, this is an article worth reading, for the historical perspective of it — if you can stand the more-than-occasional squirt of battery acid.
It is also worth noting that gun control is a tried-and-true pattern in every dictatorship: the ruling caste has control of all meaningful forms of power, the slave castes are powerless and are zealously kept so.
How does that apply to us? Simple. Today’s Democratic Party remains devoted to gun control. Key Democratic personages hallucinate about a “permanent Democratic majority” (i.e. a one-Party state). The Democratic Occupy White House character has a great impatience with the Constitution and is given to rule by decree.
Therefore, clinging to our guns (not to coin a phrase, or anything) may be the surest way to keep the Party of the KKK at bay, thus preserving democracy.