Published DateTo the editor,
Looks like someone has his facts bass-ackwards. Mr. Maloof, in his letter in the Apil 17th Daily Sun, says that the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights is racist. This is such a blatantly false statement one must question what qualifies as racism to this individual.
Gun control IS racist, and, in fact, racist arms laws predate the United States of America on this continent! In 1751 in Louisiana, colonists were required, by the French Black Code, to stop and beat any black carrying a POTENTIAL weapon, and if the black with a potential weapon was on horseback, they were to be shot and killed. Mr. Clayton E Cramer has an excellent research paper on the subject of racist arms laws that can be found at the JPFO website http://jpfo.org/articles-assd02/cramer-racist-roots.htm. It is well presented and well documented. JPFO also has two historical video research pieces on the racist basis of gun control laws, they are short and to the point, at their site, one is No Guns for Negros, and the other is No Guns for Jews: http://shop.jpfo.org/cart.php?m=product_list&c=8
After the Civil War, the Democratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan were, and in the case of the Democratic Party still are, the primary proponents of gun control laws. Take some time to review the short article at http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20130413/OPINION05/304130019/Racist-roots-gun-control-efforts. This has some examples of racist gun control activities as late as the 1950s in the USA.
A little research goes a long ways to debunk such flagrantly false statements as "the Second Amendment is racist". Type "racist roots of gun control laws" into your favorite search engine and you come up with more than 10 pages of articles — including research work — that has been done on this topic. I even took my list and filtered it down to pieces that are no more than a month old, and STILL had more than 10 pages of listings. These range from thoroughly researched pieces like Mr. Cfamer's paper, to commentary made on blogs. So, to come out with such a flagrantly false statement as Mr. Maloof did, one needs to ask what, exactly, he considers racism to be?
A. C. R. Piper