Letter: KKK used gun control to keep blacks down Op-Ed · April 12, 2013
The Ku Klux Klan and the Democratic party were the original proponents of gun control to deny African Americans their second amendment rights. The first gun control laws were enacted in the ante-bellum South forbidding blacks to own guns, in order to keep blacks in their servile status. After the war, local laws called “black codes” prevented blacks from owning guns.
UCLA Professor Adam Winkler says, “The KKK began as a gun control organization. Before the Civil War, blacks were never allowed to own guns.”
Chief Justice Roger Taney’s infamous opinion in the Dred Scott case argued that blacks could not be citizens because if they were citizens, they would have the right to own guns. “It would give them the full liberty,” he said, “to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”
In 1958, members of the Monroe, N.C. chapter of the NAACP were routinely harassed by the Klan. Chapter member Dr. Albert Perry was continually harassed at his home by the Klan. So the local NAACP affiliated with the NRA for firearms training. One NAACP member describes an evening when the Klan rode to Dr. Perry’s house for another night of terror: “An armed motorcade attacked Dr. Perry’s house, which is situated on the outskirts of the colored community. We shot it out with the Klan and repelled their attack and the Klan didn’t have any more stomach for this type of fight. They stopped raiding our community.”