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

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 12:39:38 MST 2018

I agree wholeheartedly with DW on this. The argument against the book has
nothing to do with adopting NRA talking points but rather the author’s
cherry picking and historical distortions. During the Congressional debates
on the reconstruction amendments, republicans repeatedly used the 2nd
amendment as a legal basis on which to argue in favor of extending gun
rights to freed slaves. The civil war’s emancipation of the Slaves made
such revolutionary reinterpretations of the 2A necessary in order to
counter newly passed laws in southern states which enabled the klan to
disarm freedmen. It is immaterial whether or not such inclusive
reinterpretations of the militia were pointless from a military
institutional perspective after 1877. There were more pressing matters at
hand in the 2nd half of the 1860’s.

Greg McDonald

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