... the other Black experience

While we are by NO MEANS advocates for guns, some of the biggest proponents for the right to carry guns were The Black Panthers and other Black rebels.
An article in The Atlantic reminds us that the Black Panthers' Bobby Seale stated: “The American people in general and the black people in particular” must "take careful note of the racist California legislature aimed at keeping the black people disarmed, and powerless Black people have begged, prayed, petitioned, demonstrated, and everything else to get the racist power structure of America to right the wrongs which have historically been perpetuated against black people The time has come for black people to arm themselves against this terror before it is too late."
The article continues: "Seale then turned to the others. “All right, brothers, come on. We’re going inside.” He opened the door, and the radicals walked straight into the state’s most important government building, loaded guns in hand. (...) It was May 2, 1967, and the Black Panthers’ invasion of the California statehouse launched the modern gun-rights movement."
A conversation is needed here. Could you guys let us know what you think about the role of guns in Black rebellion? Do you fight violence with more violence? What's your take on this?

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Comment by highest good at 4:20 today! on December 27, 2012 at 12:04am

Infinite/Eternal Divine Blessings!

Let's never get it twisted - Black Panthers/Bobby Seale/Malcolm X were/are advocating TRUE self defense, in a system of institutionalized racism/hate which created/creates very real life and death situations, which goes beyond fake-as man-made laws, to being actually Our Spiritual Right to protect/defend ourselves and loved ones/communities.

Comment by Derald Price on December 24, 2012 at 8:15pm
The entire concept of "gun control" in this country was started by Southern Democrats to ensure that recently freed slaves would not have the means to protect themselves from, nor retaliate against, former slave owners. Just following the anti-gun talk in the recent debate you can see that this implicit racist fear is invoked repeatedly by use of phrases like "the number of guns on the street," or "keeping assault weapons off out city streets."

Let's get serious. It is a fact that suburban and rural whites (I am one of the latter) are far more heavily armed than any Urban group.

I am not advocating that anyone should arm themselves as a knee-jerk reaction to this implicit racism. But I would encourage everyone to understand the history of gun control laws in the US when determining their position on the issue.

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