OT: NRA used to support gun control...

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 24, 2013 - 8:36pm

http://www.theroot.com/views/fear-black-...

fascinating bit of history; white fear of blacks and gun control...back in the 60's the panthers were patrolling black neighborhoods with guns to police the police. whites were freaking out. ....Then Gov. Ronald Reagan, now lauded as the patron saint of modern conservatism, told reporters in California that he saw "no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons."

Why don't conservatives quote Reagan on his rather reasonable gun control positions as mentioned in this interesting story...

The history of the NRA would be an intriguing read...

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 24, 2013 - 9:42pm.

The Secret History of Guns
The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership—and regulated it. And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers—the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights in America, both sides have distorted history and the law, and there’s no resolution in sight.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arch...

Submitted by CA renter on January 25, 2013 - 2:58am.

That article looks more like a pro-gun/anti-gun control article. The Black Panthers understood why gun control was a bad idea...and the KKK understood why it was a good idea (don't want those black people having the ability to fight back!).

Sure you got the right article?

Submitted by no_such_reality on January 25, 2013 - 9:39am.

Regulated in the late 1700s meant well functioning, not regulated as we know it today.

The 2nd Amendment as written then essentially reads,

A well functioning militia, necessary for a free state...

Hence the 1792 law requiring people to own the weapons.

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