History News Network | What We’ve Overlooked in the Debate About Charleston: The Connection between Guns and Racism:
"In the late 1960’s the Black Panthers creed was “the gun is the only thing that will free us.” In 1967, they invaded the California State Assembly with guns in hand protesting the Mulford Act, which made it illegal to carry loaded firearms in public. The NRA later supported the Mulford Act and that icon of American conservatism, Governor Ronald Reagan, signed the law stating “I see no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons. …. [The Mulford Act] would work no hardship on the honest citizen." The national Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 followed, which the NRA did not oppose. The “not law abiding” blacks got controlled.
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