Opinion: Second Amendment history is Black American history

Opinion: Second Amendment history is Black American history

Opinion contributor "If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality." "I’m alive today because of the Second Amendment and the natural right to keep and bear arms." "The liberties of the American people were dependent upon the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the cartridge-box; that without these no class of people could live and flourish in this country; " Whose words are these? I’ll give you a hint: They were neither white, nor lifetime members of the NRA. These are the words of Malcolm X, John R. Salter and Frederick Douglass. giants of the civil rights struggle – and passionate Second Amendment advocates as well. From Fannie Lou Hamer’s "shotgun in every corner" to Harriet Tubman’s musket, from Malcolm X’s M1 carbine to the Deacons for Defense, from MLK Jr.’s rejected concealed-carry permit application to Ida B. Wells’ Winchester rifle – these are the historical advocates for the Second Amendment who I never learned about in grade school classrooms, books or TV. Armed self-defense is what made the civil rights movement possible, according to Black historians and authors like law Professor Nicholas Johnson, Professor Lance Hill, Professor Charles Cobb Jr. and civil rights-era author Robert Franklin Williams. Their memoirs and written work discuss how the history of gun control is actually rooted in racism, and was designed to target and disarm minorities like Native Americans […]

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