Bleeding Heart Libertarians has this post by Matt Zwolinski, What Are You Going to Do With Your Gun? regarding an article in The Atlantic on the “secret history of guns.” A main aspect of the article referred to by Zwolinski is the push for gun control by Republicans during the 1960s, primarily in response to the presence of Black Panthers openly carrying loaded shotguns and pistols, particularly on the California state capitol steps. At the time, openly carrying firearms was perfectly legal, and the Panthers took advantage of it. As Zwolinsky put it in his post, “The suppression of liberty in the case of guns – much like the suppression of liberty in the case of drugs – was largely motivated by racist fears about the abuse of that liberty by the ‘other.’”
Contrary to what the left and some “bleeding hearts” want to believe, the primary reason the American founders stressed the right to bear arms was for self-defense, not hunting or sport. All human beings have an inherent right to defend themselves against aggression by others, especially by the State. As Jacob Hornberger noted here, here, here, here and here, the biggest threat to our lives and liberty is not common street criminals, but the government. And that is especially so the more centralized and powerful the government is.
Currently, the U.S. has centralized so much control over so much of everyday life into the federal government, it can now be quite accurately called a “tyranny.” The feds rape the people at airports and give them cancer while they’re at it, they restrict the individual’s right to even leave the country now, they have made one law and regulation after another to such an extent that any government bureaucrat who has a gripe against some private civilian can search through that individual’s business dealings or bank accounts and find just the slightest “violation” of some regulation and send the S.W.A.T. team after that individual. Most readers to this blog already have read one account after another here, or on LewRockwell.com and so on. You know what I’m talking about.
Now, back to the Black Panthers of the 1960s. Up to that point, black Americans had to deal with racism that was institutionalized, with racial segregation occurring in the public schools, the public parks and drinking fountains, and the public buses in the cities and so on. In addition to that, there were white against black harassments, physical assaults and murders. These acts of violent crimes against black Americans were promoted by racist government policies, and one can then understand why, at that time especially, of course black Americans should have exercised their God-given right to bear arms, and openly, and use their arms as a means of self-defense. There were very few police officers who would come to the defense of a black American who was being victimized. In fact, many amongst the police were the aggressors. (And that is still the case today, only worse, although the police-aggressors are going after everyone now, black people, white people, Asians, Hispanics, women, men, children, grandmothers, anyone those brutes can get their hands on.)
The 1964-65 Civil Rights Act addressed those problems, and then it created new problems, however. It got rid of the Jim Crow laws, and made it illegal for any government in the U.S. to restrict minorities’ right of access to public facilities, that is, government-run facilities, such as city buses, parks, etc. But the mistake was including private property and privately-owned businesses in which it became illegal for the owners to restrict people from entering their own private property. I have already addressed that here.
But now, decades later, Americans, especially the guilt-ridden, anti-freedom-of-association, “lily-white liberals,” have taken “anti-discrimination” to an absurd degree, with affirmative action and quotas, all which discourage merit and achievement, and are policies that consist of more institutionalized discrimination. Besides leading to many promotions of people based solely on race, people who were less qualified than others for various positions, including president, these policies of the past several decades have contributed to an attitude in the inner city of shaming young black youths for being smart and for achieving, and encouraging them to behave irresponsibly, such as having sex with as many girls and fathering as many children as possible, and not staying around to actually be a responsible father.
It is difficult for people to acknowledge these things for fear of being called “racist.” You can call me anything you want, but I believe the truth is important, and I’ve written that many times here. But it actually has been the left who have been the racists, through their demeaning and patronizing of black Americans for the past several decades.
Now, economically, this attitude of back-door institutionalized racism against blacks has given us government policies such as minimum wage laws, that cause employers to have to cut entry-level jobs and thus lead to unemployment especially with teens and especially in the inner city, and regulatory fascism that prevents black entrepreneurs from being able to start their own businesses as a means of the government’s protecting established (white) businesses.
Culturally and socially, this has also led to a situation in which our esteemed attorney general, Eric Holster, decided not to go forward with a “slam-dunk” case against New Black Panthers (a totally different group from the 1960s Black Panthers!) who were accused of intimidating white voters in Philadelphia during election night in 2008. If the races of the perpetrators and victims were reversed — whites intimidating black voters — you better believe Holster would have prosecuted them. So his motivation in not going after the black aggressors was clearly a racist motivation. Holster clearly does not believe in equality under the law, and his being the attorney general in the anti-equality Obama Administration is fitting.
And now, we have a situation in America in which black youths go on a “wilding” rampage, and beat up on innocent white people, such as was the case at the Wisconsin State Fair. According to witnesses, many of the black youths were banging on people’s cars as they were leaving the fair, and pulling people out of cars or otherwise beating up white people, looking into cars and passing by the ones with black people but attacking the white people.
This cultural attitude now, that many people are afraid to acknowledge for fear of being called “racist,” of black hatred toward whites, despite all the advantages this society has given black people and other minorities, is out of the same kind of institutionalized ignorance that the previous white anti-black racism came from. Despite the “can’t we all get along” rhetoric from Barack Obama and Eric Holster, they and their anti-white racist ilk have been encouraging racial tension (i.e. they are FOS), as well as class-warfare tension. People who are unaware of all this are living in a world of non-reality.
We need to return to a society of individualism, property rights, freedom of association, and encouragement of achievement. Repeal all economic and business-related regulation and restriction against young black Americans’ right to use their own labor, property, capital, and efforts to start their own business on a “level playing field” with everyone else. Repeal minimum wage laws that restrict inner-city youths’ (and everyone else’s) right to earn money in an entry-level job, not just money but gain an understanding of the work ethic and get the experience necessary to get higher-paying jobs that require more experience, or to start one’s own business.
Repeal all welfare laws and leave that entirely up to private charities and churches and other voluntary organizations. After repealing all taxes, income and otherwise of course, so the private charities, churches and other voluntary organizations can afford to help those in need. Those charities, churches and other voluntary organizations would not allow their funds to go to the epidemic of out-of-wedlock babies and generations of “welfare families” that FDR and LBJ caused, simply because they would not be allowed to take any of those funds by force like the current system that’s in place.
And finally, in returning to the topic at the beginning of this post, the right to bear arms and self-defense is everyone’s right — black, white, Asian, Hispanic, etc. We also need to repeal each and every law and regulation that restricts one’s right to bear arms and right to self-defense. One reason for this is so that everyone can protect one’s life, liberty and property and one’s family from the aggression of burglars, rapists, robbers, and other violent criminals. The more important reason is to protect our liberty from the tyranny of the government and its hired guns, including the military when the president turns their guns against the people.