[Marxism] Fwd: United States Policing and "Gun Rights" Began With Slave Patrols

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 19 05:35:34 MST 2018

In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz details the white supremacist background 
of the Second Amendment and the perennial NRA cry of gun rights. She 
reveals the irony of the gun lobby's equation of gun ownership with 
freedom. Guns, after all, she notes, were vital tools in the suppression 
and killing of the Indigenous population and Black people before the 
Bill of Rights was written. Get the book now with a donation to Truthout.

In the chapter "Slave Patrol," Dunbar-Ortiz provides the historical 
context for how militias that killed and oppressed slaves and Indigenous 
persons became the precedent for the militia cited in the Second 
Amendment. The following is the full-chapter excerpt.


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