As much as America adoration her shoots, she has never liked the relevant recommendations of assuring them in black hands.
Before the Revolutionary War, colonial Virginia passed a rule prohibiting black people from owning firearms — an exercise in gun control as racial see. In 1857, in his notorious Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Roger Taney summon the specter of black people freely enjoying the right to “keep and carry arms wherever they went.” Surely, he indicated, the founders were not “so forgetful or regardless of their own safety” to admit such a thing. When black people forearmed themselves against white supremacist onrushes following the Civil War, Southern state governments passed “black codes” disallowing them from owning guns. After the Black Panthers open carried to signal to California police officer that they would defend themselves against ethnic affects in the late ’6 0s, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan indicated a state forbid on open carry into rule.
In 2016, law artillery owner Philando Castile was shot after notifying a Minnesota police officer that he was armed. Two years prior, Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police while deeming a doll artillery. John Crawford tolerated the same fate in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart.
So what does pitch-black gun ownership intend in countries around the world so determined to keep its black world unarmed? Since the 2016 poll, interest in firearms has presumably ticked upward in the black community. Gun shops and sororities connect the best interest to a longing for self-protection against the white supremacists emboldened by President Donald Trump’s election.
HuffPost spoke to 11 black gun owners about their reasons for owning a firearm. Trump was a non-factor. Instead, they talked about wanting to protect themselves out of fear that no one else would. They talked about their suspicions during interactions with the police and their complex notions on grease-gun regulation. Where shoot advocates often adduce the hypothetical darings of a hypothetical active-shooter situation to their controversies, the pitch-black handgun proprietors we talked to referred to specific occurrences, specific provocations — as if redlined, too, out of the fantasyland of American gun culture. And most of them returned to a affection as old-fashioned as the nation itself: that owning pistols is a resistance against a plan bent on keeping them out of the pass of pitch-black folks.
The interrogations have been abbreviated and edited for duration and clarity.