The American gun-control movement began as a way to keep newly-freed slaves disarmed after the Civil War, but its roots date to earlier than the war.
In 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney wrote the Supreme Court's decision in the now-infamous Dred Scott decision. Dred Scott was a slave whose owner, John Sanford, had carried him from a slave state to the free state of Missouri. Scott, with aid of sympathetic Missourians, sued Sanford on the basis that Sanford's ownership of Scott was nullified as soon as he had brought Scott to a state where slavery was illegal.
The Court decided in Sanford's favor for openly racist reasons (that in that day were not much seen as such). At issue in Taney's mind was was whether Scott gained the rights of citizenry simply because he crossed the state border. The answer was no. If the answer was yes, it would have meant all sorts of undesirable consequences. From the decision:
It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognised as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. [Italics added]And if there is one thing we simply cannot have, it is armed Negroes.
Gun control in America began in earnest with Democrats. So if they are to be true to the historical roots, the Left will start clamoring for stricter gun control because now free black men are taking up arms to defend themselves against
Citizen Patrol Aims to Defend Against Police Shootings | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A new group calling itself the Huey P. Newton Gun Club launched armed self-defense patrols Wednesday with one stated purpose: to protect Dallas neighbors from police.
Group leader Charles Goodson said recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown by a white police officer is only part of the reason for the new Dallas patrols.
The group is named after Huey P. Newton, a founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s who was killed by a rival militant in 1989.
"We don't think that what happened to Michael Brown in St. Louis is an isolated incident. We have so many Michael Browns here in the city of Dallas," Goodson said.
If this patrol was white and Republican, the media would be present them as dangerous, racist militia extremists and domestic terrorists who hate Obama. (HT, Glenn Reynolds)