Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Arming Against Tyranny? Or Blacks Gaining Power?

In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, "The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence" and limited the applicability of the Second Amendment to the federal government.

But, why was it enacted? 1876 is a clue... near the end of Reconstruction... when a back-room deal was made for the White House that let the rebels (Confederates) go free.

"The Cruikshank ruling also allowed groups such as the Ku Klux Klan to flourish and continue to use paramilitary force to suppress black voting. As whites dominated the Southern legislatures, they turned a blind eye on the violence, and denied African Americans any right to bear arms by refusing to pass laws that would have granting them."

It's intent was not to arm for resistance against tyranny, but to arm against blacks.

The SCOTUS of 1876 was attempting to appease white voters. Why else would they consider the "right to bear arms" on a par with "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?" They were afraid that newly-freed blacks would try to seize power. Conservatives are afraid once again... after the election of the first African-American president. 

Remember that the SCOTUS recently found (all by themselves) that racism no longer exists in America!!  lol Coincidence? Nah... 

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