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User avatar #29056 - oxan
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(05/12/2013) [-]
'Yet we’ve also always had gun control. The Founding Fathers instituted gun laws so intrusive that, were they running for office today, the NRA would not endorse them. While they did not care to completely disarm the citizenry, the founding generation denied gun ownership to many people: not only slaves and free blacks, but law-abiding white men who refused to swear loyalty to the Revolution. '


Source: www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/09/the-secret-history-of-guns/308608/
#29089 to #29056 - anon
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Well, denying those groups is understandable (though not necessarily right). For slaves, the reason should be obvious. Give any slave a gun and he has the power to say no to those who seek to control him. For freed blacks, denying them gun ownership was most likely done in fear that they'd try to seek revenge for being formerly held as slaves.

For the last one, it's typical of any revolution for there to be precautionary measures taken against the threat of counterrevolutionaries.