Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:26 AM
TomCADem (7,175 posts)
Atlantic - "The NRA and the 'Positive Good' of Maximum Guns" - Excellent, Disturbing Read
Here is very interesting article that discusses the fight over slavery back in the 1800s and how the proslavery movement was not content to merely preserve slavery in the South, but sought to double down and affirmatively spread slavery in an effort to combat abolitionist forces. It is reminicent of the NRA doubling down and preaching the spread of guns to combat gun deaths.
In the 1840s and 50s, abolitionists often spoke of a menace they called "The Slave Power." This pejorative wasn't aimed at Southern slavery, per se. It referred to the vast reach of proslavery money and influence in Washington and beyond. If unchecked, abolitionists warned, the Slave Power would poison every corner of American life and territory. I'm wary of historical analogies. But in the wake of the Newtown massacre, I'm struck by parallels between the Slave Power and a force haunting us today: call it The Gun Power.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:07 AM
BainsBane (31,560 posts)
2. I was thinking of this very comparison
That Slave Power was like gun power today. First amendment rights were denied (the gag rule) to defend slavery, while the gun lobby has effected similar restraints in states like FL where doctors are now prohibited by law from talking to patients about guns.