Many of these conversations about gun law changes after Rittenhouse acquittal overlooks how gun control legislation has been used as a tool to suppress Black revolutionary movements, ultimately through policing, convictions and incarceration.
New gun laws, specifically harsher gun laws, have always been and continue to be a form of institutional racism. Institutional racism describes the negative, debilitating effects implemented by an institution, such as a government, on a particular racial group.
Consider this question: Which racial groups suffer the most as a result of extreme gun-control laws? In the 2018 fiscal year, 56.2 percent of those convicted of federal firearms violations were Black and 96.3 percent were men. The average age of convicted persons was 32.
When elected officials pass more and increasingly extreme gun laws, all with harsh and lasting penalties, the results show that it’s people of color, especially Black men, who suffer the effects and are disproportionately incarcerated because of it.
The fact is: The more laws we have that turn people into felons for possessing normal firearms, the more institutional racism will grow.

Too often ignored in the popular debate is the relationship between stricter gun laws and structural, institutional racism.
This points to a more general problem with mainstream progressivism: it refuses to grapple in any serious way with institutions and incentives. Instead it simply assumes that every problem has government solution that can be easily applied. And presumes that police departments,
and courts, will apply the solution exactly as its advocates intend- neutrally and equally. Be reminded that laws have a carceral solution that relies heavily on policing. Many fail to consider who will bear the brunt of legislative efforts to police guns: Black Americans.
Black ppl are targeted the most often by police. Gun control proponents should be reminded that all laws are ultimately enforced with violence and threats of violence ( that is, at the point of a cop’s gun). Violence from police Black Americans are most often victims of.
The racialized history of American gun laws is well-known - or at least it should be; these laws have systematically targeted out-groups at key points in the country's history, relegating Black Americans to second-class status in favor of a political and economic status quo.
The first law in America that mentioned Black people was a 1664 act that prevented free Black Virginians from owning guns. Southern states adopted even stricter measures in preventing free and enslaved Black Americans from gun ownership.
In the years following the end of the Civil War, Southern whites resolved to ensure that Black ppl would be defenseless, that they would remain subordinated, still effectively held in bondage.
After the Civil War, a major aspect of the “Black Codes” passed was the prevention of Black gun ownership. Laws like these were commonplace in the South, leaving many Black Americans unarmed to defend against the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist hate groups.
In fact, before the turn of the century "gun control was almost exclusively a Southern phenomenon," designed to preserve the racist social and economic system of the South. Forcibly disarming Black ppl in the South was among the early Ku Klux Klan's reasons for organizing
and one of its first goals. They knew what today's well-meaning advocates of gun control do not - that the black letter of the law is one thing and de facto power relations are quite another. The rise of the Black Panthers and their call for “black people to arm themselves”
reignited the United States’ fear of armed and oppressed minorities. The Black Panthers encouraged Black Americans and other racial and religious minorities to take up arms to protect themselves and their communities against a corrupt U.S. government.
Thus, the Gun Control Act of 1968 was born. At the time, the National Rifle Association urged for gun regulation and control, because they feared the Black Panthers. They backed the regulation because it was implemented to limit gun usage among Black Americans.
We might do well to keep this history in mind today when we consider how new, more restrictive gun laws will be applied. Were the mere dictates of positive law the panacea that mainstream progressives believe they are, the history of this country would have looked very different.
Today, gun control legislation aggravates the criminal justice crisis in the United States, having a disproportionate impact on Black ppl. The most recent available data from the US Sentencing Commission shows that in 2018, more than 56% of federal firearm offenders were Black.
Terms like “keeping guns off the street” and “keeping guns out of the wrong hands” and “rule of law” are merely dog whistles for policies that target & destroy the lives of POC, especially young, Black men. As a result, families and communities are being irreparably destroyed.
Black American are more likely than any, to be convicted of & subject to a mandatory minimum. For the country's Black communities, on-the-ground enforcement of tougher gun laws will mean more harassment at the hands of the police, more arrests and more harsh prison sentences.
For example, stop-and-frisk, infamous for its role in the police harassment of Black ppl, is a favorite police to enforce gun control measures. Likewise, Traffic stops What was a simple traffic stop yesterday will turn into a 10-year felony gun conviction tomorrow.
If we are to enact more restrictive gun control measures, we should begin with police officers, who are many orders of magnitude more dangerous to American society than are mass shooters or Kyles.
But the facts are that these laws will continue to be used disproportionately against people of color. And it’s the Black, brown and immigrant people of the US that will be over-policed, incarcerated and endangered — a pattern in U.S. history that continues to repeat itself.

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