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SPTAG 1 TTAs much as America loves her firearms, “shes never” liked the idea of insuring them in black hands.

SPTAG 2 TTBefore the Revolutionary War, colonial Virginia passed a law barring black people from owning pistolsSPTAG 3 TT — an exercise in gun control as racial control. In 1857, in his notorious Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Roger Taney summoned the specter of black people freely enjoying the human rights of “keep and carry arms wherever they went.” Surely, he argued, the founders were not “so forgetful or regardless of their own safety” to permit such a thing. When black people armed themselves against white supremacist assaults following the Civil War, Southern state governments SPTAG 4 TTpassed “black codes” barring them from owning gunsSPTAG 5 TT. After the Black Panthers open carried to signal to California police officer that they would defend themselves against racial attacks in the late ’6 0s, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a nation banning on open carry into law.

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SPTAG 6 TTIn 2016, legal handgun proprietor Philando Castile was shot after advising a Minnesota police officer that he was armed. Two years prior, Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police while holding a toy firearm. John Crawford suffered the same fate in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart.

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SPTAG 7 TTSo what does black gun ownership mean in a country so determined to keep its black populace unarmed? Since the 2016 election, SPTAG 8 TTinterest in firearmsSPTAG 9 TT has supposedly SPTAG 10 TTticked upwardSPTAG 11 TT in the black community. Gun stores and clubs connect the interest to a longing for self-protection against the white supremacists emboldened by President Donald Trump’s election.