The second amendment is a complicated thing. See, in the North they wrote it because of a fear of standing armies. They wanted to call on citizens to rise up and defend their country. (Sadly, the War of 1812 showed that when you do that, we don't do so well.) The idea was sound because look at what we've become as a country with a standing army: an empire.
This standing army is why they agreed to have a second amendment, which is why the words orginally were written like this: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country, but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”
It is one sentence. Therefore it is one idea. You cannot have the right to bear arms without a well regulated militia. And you cannot force one who feels war is wrong into battle. The South objected to the word country and it was changed to state. Of course modern "Second Amendment Scholars" or as I like to call them, "those not smart enough to know what the phrase "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state," means so they ignore it", only focus on the last part of that sentence. That, in the words of these people on a different subject, violates the sanctity of the second amendment.
So, they agreed on a different sentence to answer Leonardo DiCaprio's question in Django Unchained: the reason why they don't rise up and kill us, is because of monthly orginized slave patrols, which is what the South agreed to have a second amendment for. It was Dr. Carl T. Bogus that said "Slavery can only exist in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of the Southern police state was the explicit job of the militia."
Now this police state, the one that lost in the Civil War, for a more fair country, the United States, is what Southerners are so prideful about. They look back to a golden age because in any police state, the ruling class, the rich whites, are the ones with all the freedom. Of course, little do they realize, returning to this Southern dream of "freedom" would turn the poor into the oppressed. But I digress...
The Klu Klux Klan was formed as a way for people who were former oppressors to continue to oppress by delivering justice to those "criminals." They targeted people who fought for equality, who stood up against racism and oppression and to keep "uppity negoes" down. The real problem is that neither Andrew Johnson, the 19th century's George W. Bush, nor his successor, Ulysses S. Grant bothered to punish anyone for treason. That failure to punish anyone lead to what we know today as Jim Crow.
Since no one intergrated the former slaves in our society, they lived in poverty. Activists like Homer Plessy, Benjamin F. Butler, and Charles Sumner either failed or created laws like "Separate but Equal." If Benjamin F. Butler and Charles Sumner were successful, we would have had a civil rights law in 1875; 90 years before the one in 1965 would pass. But with Johnson and Grant not doing anything to punish the wrong, and let's not forget, the Civil War was treason in defense of slavery, they enabled 90 years of oppression, Jim Crow, KKK, and keeping guns out of the hands of African-Americans.
The Black Panthers were, in my view, a militia which the government attacked. I think their reasons were justified, unlike, say the Michigan Militia, however, some of their tactics are open for debate. When they went full Tea Party on the capitol of California, they marched with loaded guns. Ronald Reagan, frightened by a cadre of armed black people, passed a law to disarm them. Just like the slave patrols and the KKK; the conservative ideal, Ronald Reagan was so scared he passed a law, because he, like the southerners before him, believed in a police state. (There are books dedicated to this, he was a deplorable governor, then went on to betray our country to win the presidency. Yeah, the conservative ideal.)
I'm going to say something that I hate when people say it, but I will say it better than most I think. I have black freinds I'm not against guns. I'm for hunting for food. You have leftover parts, you want to make a trophy, fine. (Antlers are not very tasty.) It's this long history of the gun culture we have in our country I dislike. If we eliminate orginizations like the NRA we can actually move forward as a country. The NRA's policies only represent 10-15% of American opinion, yet they rule the day with this culture. The NRA is not just responsible for promoting gun culture today, but they have had a history of supporting the "Southern Police State" also known as the Confederacy. When Reagan passed his gun control legislation, it was the NRA that said "the measure as a whole appears to be one that the sportsmen of America can live with.” Although, at this time I cannot find a historical link between the NRA and the Klu Klux Klan, I can safely tell you that today, the Klan boasts on their website that they support the NRA. I can also tell you the NRA was never founded to combat the KKK. If there was a connection, it probably started in the 20th century and probably not until the 70's.
But if history has shown us one thing, it's that in this country, we sure do want white people to have guns. And because of that, those same white people are afraid that a black president is going to to them what they have for more than 300 years have done to black people.
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