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  •  I don't tend to agree (3+ / 0-)
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    sagesource, ColoTim, happy camper

    with any calls to arm. But I wonder if significant numbers of armed liberals, particularly liberals of color, wouldn't change the conversation about gun control from the conservative side. I seem to remember reading something once about significant clamp downs on gun sales occurring when the original Black panthers gained prominence.

    Can't quote  source and may be misremembering, so take it with a grain of salt.

    Nobody is normal because everyone is different- my eight year old daughter

    by left rev on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:18:24 PM PDT

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    •  I was just wondering the same thing. (1+ / 0-)
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      Is one reason nobody talks about gun control the perception that it's right-wingers who are doing the gun possessing and shooting, and tackling the issue would be an anti-right-wing issue?  Perhaps the right-wing is even happy it's their side that's doing the shooting?  Whereas, if "both sides do it" then maybe, just maybe, both sides can work on solving some of the issues because it's no longer right vs. left, but responsible gun owners and pacifists vs. the crazies.  I think there would be at least a number of the gun rights crowd that would want to restrict the more extreme gun ownership if they're not the only ones with the assault rifles and if they're also becoming victims.  Once the victims of minority shootings become more than just black on black violence, I can see whites (as an example) suddenly favoring more gun laws to protect them from blacks with guns.

      All speculation of course; I am not a psychologist/sociologist.

    •  The Black Panthers (2+ / 0-)
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      were indeed the inspiration for gun control laws. Google "gun control act 1968 black panthers".

      Racism in general has always been a prime motivator of such regulations.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 04:18:46 PM PDT

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