NRA and Gun Control

Do you remember history?  Sometimes we forget the past and it has a big effect on how we live our lives today.  Do you remember the Black Panther Party?  Well way back in the 1960s in California there was no gun control and Californians could carry guns in public as long as they were not hidden.  Sound familiar, nowadays this is called open carry.  Well all was fine and dandy until the Black Panthers started walking around with loaded rifles, shotguns and pistols.  Low and behold soon after this started happening the National Rifle Association (NRA) started pushing for gun control.  I wonder why in today's world the NRA is fighting gun control? 

California State Capitol March
It began shortly after the shooting of Denzil Dowell. Easy Bay legislator Don Mulford introduced a bill to repeal the law that permitted citizens to carry loaded weapons in public places so long as the weapons were openly displayed [see link to California Penal Code, Sections 12031 and 171.c]. What the Mulford law sought to achieve was the elimination of the Black Panther Police Patrols, and it had been tagged "the Panther Bill" by the media.

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HUEY NEWTON OF THE BLACK PANTHERS AT A REVOLUTIONARY PEOPLE'S PARTY CONVENTION IN 1970 (DAVID FENTON/ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY)
Fear of a Black Gun Owner
The Root) -- It may seem hard to believe, but the modern-day gun-rights debate was born from the civil rights era and inspired by the Black Panthers. Equally surprising is that the National Rifle Association -- now an aggressive lobbying arm for gun manufacturers -- actually once supported, and helped write, federal gun-control laws. 
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The Revolutionary Gun Clubs Patrolling the Black Neighborhoods of DallasOn a warm fall day in South Dallas, ten revolutionaries dressed in kaffiyehs and ski masks jog the perimeter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park bellowing "No more pigs in our community!" Military discipline is in full effect as the joggers respond to two former Army Rangers in desert-camo brimmed hats with cries of "Sir, yes, sir!" The Huey P. Newton Gun Club is holding its regular Saturday fitness-training and self-defense class. Men in Che fatigues run with weight bags and roll around on the grass, knife-fighting one another with dull machetes. "I used to salute the fucking flag!" the cadets chant. "Now I use it for a rag!" Read More ...

So I just have to wonder that it is ironic that today in 2016 we have a black president asking for gun control and the NRA is paying congressman to fight the legislation for back ground checks.

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