I am a gun owner and a supporter of gun rights.

That being said, I am also a supporter of gun safety, which includes securing firearms, especially in households with children.

Your experience is traumatizing and your response is what one would expect. You need make no excuses to anyone for it.

But you are correct. Gun control has been race control far too many times. California’s first statewide gun control was enacted to prevent Chinese immigrants from getting guns. Jim Crow laws passed in many states during the Reconstruction Era were intended to keep guns out of the hands of blacks.

Dr. Martin Luther King applied for a gun permit. He was turned down. Black Panthers demonstrated in the California Assembly and a conservative white legislator penned a bill outlawing the open carry of loaded firearms. Another conservative white, Ronald Reagan, signed the Mulford Act.

In 1871, the Texas Legislature passed a bill prohibiting citizens from carrying handguns and a variety of other items. There was no permit, there were no exceptions. Only lawmen and prison guards could legally carry a handgun anywhere except a person’s own home or a business they owned. Some years later, in the first decade of the 20th Century, my grandmother was photographed as she prepared to go to a social event in the small Texas town in which she lived. Escorting her were her two brothers. The older brother had a Colt revolver tucked in his waistband. He was white and he knew that the sheriff would not bother him. The sheriff was only enforcing the law on blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans.

Pandora’s Box has been opened; it can’t be closed again. However, if it is open for one, it must be open for all.

Thank you for a refreshing view of this issue.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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