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Gun Control – A Relic of Racism

Hawaii Concealed Carry

Hawaii Concealed Carry

Hawaii -–(Ammoland.com)- Racism is a word that is, unfortunately, tossed around all too freely in modern-day America.

While it has become a catch-all villain in politics, responsible for all manner of Very Bad Things, there was a time when racism was a cherished institution in these United States. And although our nation has made great strides in confronting and vanquishing the evil of racism, some trappings remain, notably in the form of gun control.

The origin of gun control laws in America had little, if anything, to do with controlling crime; the laws were intended to prevent slaves and freed blacks from defending themselves or rebelling against the state and local governments which persecuted them relentlessly.

Throughout the history of our nation, gun control laws have been aimed primarily at blacks, and only in the last few decades has the focus of gun control shifted from targeting minorities to targeting all Americans.

NYC Slave Execution

NYC Slave Execution

Today, the laws on the books in Hawaii bear few substantive differences between the laws of the 1840’s South, other than the omission of race. These are the laws championed by the Brady Campaign and our politicians claim they are necessary to preserve order in our state.

Hogwash!

While they are no longer motivated by race, the laws we have now are just as discriminatory as they were 175 years ago. Today, our gun control laws discriminate against the disabled, the elderly, women, and anyone else who isn’t capable of stopping a violent crime with their fists. Of course, stopping a violent crime with nothing but bare hands and feet is feasible only with unarmed assailants; even BJ Penn would be hard-pressed to prevail, unarmed, against a sociopath with a gun.

Don’t believe that Hawaii’s gun laws have their roots in racism?

Let’s compare:

“That if any free negro, mulatto, or free person of color, shall wear or carry about his or her person, or keep in his or her house, any shot gun, musket, rifle, pistol, sword, dagger or bowie-knife, unless he or she shall have obtained a license therefor from the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of his or her county, within one year preceding the wearing, keeping or carrying therefor, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be indicted therefor.” –North Carolina statute, 1840, as quoted in Clayton Cramer’s paper The Racist Roots of Gun Control.

“Any person, not authorized by law, who carries concealed upon the person’s self or within any vehicle used or occupied by the person or who is found armed with any dirk, dagger, blackjack, slug shot, billy, metal knuckles, pistol, or other deadly or dangerous weapon shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be immediately arrested without warrant by any sheriff, police officer, or other officer or person.” — Hawaii Revised Statutes, § 134-51

We’ve come a long way, haven’t we? In no other area, save gun control, would otherwise sane people honestly try to claim that a law, previously used to subjugate an entire race, can be applied to the whole population for positive effect. It’s time to acknowledge the rights of law-abiding citizens, stand up for those rights, and reform Hawaii’s concealed carry laws.

For those interested in reading more on this topic, I highly recommend Clayton E. Cramer’s extensive paper on the subject, The Racist Roots of Gun Control.

About Hawaii Concealed Carry:
Hawaii Concealed Carry is a single-issue group formed with the mission to promote the restoration of Second Amendment rights contained within the constitution, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. We are a non-partisan group; our only care being, whether people support the right of self-defense and defense of others. Our philosophy is that through responsible use, education, communication, and understanding we can promote a safer environment for Hawaii residents, while reducing crime, and supporting our fundamental constitutional rights. Visit: www.hawaiiccw.com

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  • 3 User comments to “Gun Control – A Relic of Racism”

    1. James A. Farmer on September 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM said:

      Please bear in mind JPFO, Inc. at http://www.jpfo.org. Among their online
      videos is the one titled, “No Guns For Negroes.” In addition to JPFO,
      Inc. the John Birch Society (www.jbs.org), and even the Constituiton
      Party (www.constituitonpartyoregon.net) honestly addresses the
      issues that remain willingly ignored by the establishment news media, public schools, colleges, universities, and academia. Even
      politicians for that matter. Why?

    2. The same thing could be said for gun laws in Illinois.

      I was told the reason we had to have the Illinois FOID card was to keep guns out of the hands of the undesirables (Blacks) after race riot concerns in the summer of 1965.

      The ISRA/NRA was told back then by an Illinois State Senator to find gun laws they could live with.

      The FOID card was one of those laws.

      To the good people in the ISRA, I’m sorry but the FOID card is a BAD law and we can not live with it.

      The FOID card should be repealed. Its time to bring Illinois into the light of freedom.

      Supporting antebellum type gun control laws is WRONG!

      Grow-up and work for Repeal of the FOID card

    3. James A. Farmer on September 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM said:

      Continuing on perhaps readers to this site can recall the 1977 T.V.
      series “Roots” by Alex Haley. Following the end of the Civil War
      (1861-1865) African Black slaves are emancipated. However, they
      remain on the original plantation. Meanwhile during the night a
      band of night riders dressed in bed sheets come visiting. Calling
      the Black man of the house out they tie him to a tree and commence
      to flog him brutally with a bullwhip. Afterwards while having his
      back treated by his wife inside the shack they resided is a vintage
      Colt Model 1860 .44 Army “cap and ball” revolver retrieved from
      beneath the floor boards of the shack. This victim of the night rider’s
      savage brutality is hellbent and determined this will never happen
      to him again! Even in this episode of Roots the mere presence of
      a firearm by not only a Black slave, but likewise an emancipated
      slave, is a serious offense. Finally, I understand Harriet Tubman who
      was involved via the Underground Railroad during the 1850′s
      even carried a revolver. What type and make is uncertain. Nonetheless Blacks from the 18th and 19th century certainly were
      aware of how precious private gun ownership was.

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