Will Pittsburgh’s Gun Control Laws Get More Black People Killed?

Will Pittsburgh’s Gun Control Laws Get More Black People Killed?

Gun Rights

Walter Gibson wears two rifles strapped to his back, a semi-automatic Colt AR-15 and a bolt-action Mosin-Nagant, as he attends a rally on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The protesters, many openly carrying guns, gathered in downtown Pittsburgh to rally against the city council’s proposed restrictions and banning of semi-automatic rifles, certain ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits. By the end of 1975, the military conflict in Vietnam had ended and many black veterans returned to a Washington, D.C. that had been dubbed “Chocolate City” by the funk band Parliament. The label referenced D.C.’s confluence of a booming black population, an emerging black political leadership, and a growing quorum of successful black businesses. However, there had also been a (then) record 407 killings the year prior, with 60 percent of those attributed to guns, and the majority of the victims African Americans. These murder trends had been steadily building up since the early 1960s, leading Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein to call D.C. “Dodge City” in a news story headline. There was enough outrage about the rising gun violence that the city council was able to pass the “ Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 ,” which made it illegal for residents to carry or purchase handguns. Anyone who possessed a handgun had to register it with the District and keep it “unloaded and disassembled” in their homes. It was, at the time, considered one of the most stringent gun control laws in the U.S. If the […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.