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  •  A large number of people in California were fine (3+ / 0-)
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    people openly carrying their weapons until black people started doing it too. Like the Black Panthers. So many conservative Republicans led by Governor Reagan began to advocate for gun control. But the Panthers only armed themselves in the light of police brutality against black people. And for the Panthers this was a show of force, a signal that they were no longer willing to be pushed around. But the Panthers openly carried rifles, not concealed weapons. Like an ad hoc police force to force the police to think twice about abusing a black citizen.

    So there is some historical justification to the point that some gun control was racist in nature. But that was before the days of cheap, readily available hand guns (Saturday Night Specials). Which only helped the criminals and their gangs.

    •  And hey, once a bunch of white kids get killed (1+ / 0-)
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      then it's time to talk about gun control.  And then people rant about assault rifles even though handguns are a much bigger problem in regards to gun violence.  But people equate these sort of mass killings with gun violence even though they make up a minuscule percent of total gun violence.

      The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:16:10 AM PST

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