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I can remember when the "conservatives" were very much in favor of gun control (even the NRA!). Or maybe the 2nd Amendment was meant to only serve white people.

"In the 1960s, the NRA supported gun control. This was partly in response to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and the violent riots that soon followed in the nation's urban centers. At this time, the NRA and conservative elected officials directly supported a ban on assault weapons in order to maintain order and keep firearms out of the hands of activist groups, such as communist organizations and the Black Panther Party.

In May, 1967, 29 members of the Black Panthers marched on the California Capitol in Sacramento, armed with rifles and assault weapons, to protest against the Mulford Act, a law that prohibited carrying loaded firearms in public. It was signed by then California Governor and future President Ronald Reagan. It's ironic that Reagan, a supporter of gun rights as president, signed legislation that directly disarmed the Panthers during a time of racial tension in the State of California.

The NRA soon shifted its focus to fighting for gun rights, putting it on the same side of the issue as black civil rights organizations, even if their motivations were different. Once the FBI's "Cointelpro" operation destroyed the Black Panther Party's operation nationally, the NRA realized that the federal government might soon wage war against firearm and assault weapon ownership entirely. They strategically allied themselves with Southern voters, encouraging them to advocate on behalf of the Second Amendment and inflaming their distrust of the federal government."

Emphases mine.


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