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Gun Control and African Americans

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An inconvenient truth about gun control

As we continue to endure more frequent horrific shootings, the debate rages on about gun control. Should we focus on getting rid of high capacity assault weapons or look more closely at mental health issues.

There is a curious history about gun control and how it was enacted in California. Ironically, California has some of the strongest gun control laws in the nation. Very few people are aware of the evolution of California’s tough gun control laws and how they came to be.

During the 60’s the Black Panthers were professing their second amendment rights to protect themselves from a tyrannical government (Police) that could not or would not protect them. Does this narrative sound familiar to you?

If you recall, the Oakland Police Department was wreaking havoc on the inner-city, most notably the African-American community. Huey Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party was a law student who carried a copy of the United States constitution with him to advise the black citizenry of Oakland of their constitutional rights during frequent police stops.

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