Joyce Carol Oates tweeted: Is it acknowledged that the "gun issue" is a "race issue"? Most NRA members are white & their fears stem from 1960s inner city "riots."
Why don't you tell that to Deacon Chuck Hicks of Deacons for Defense and Justice?
“The Klan would drive through our neighborhood shooting at us, shooting into our homes,” recalled Hicks, 66, who grew up in Bogalusa, La., and has been a civil rights activist in the District for more than 35 years. “The black men in the community wouldn’t stand for it. You shoot at us, we shoot back at you. I’m convinced that without our guns, my family and many other black people would not be alive today.”A commenter at Twitchy responds:
Inner city riots of 60s led to Gun Control Act of 1968. Democratic congress and Democratic president LBJ were the ones afraid of blacks. The specific bans on private interstate transfers in the Act stem from some NRA members donating rifles, shotguns, and ammunition and other NRA members travelling to the rural South, giving them weapons, and teaching them how to defend themselves when the Klan (another Democrat organization) came around.
By the way, the NRA in 1968 taught classes, published magazines, and sponsored matches. The Gun Control Act of 1968 caused the membership to revolt and insist that the NRA begin lobbying to protect our rights.