Guns in America

Two of the more interesting articles we saw while researching the above include:

The AtlanticThe Secret History of Guns: The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership—and regulated it. And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers—the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement.

New Yorker, Battleground America: One Nation, Under the Gun: For centuries before the first English colonists travelled to the New World, Parliament had been regulating the private ownership of firearms. (Generally, ownership was restricted to the wealthy; the principle was that anyone below the rank of gentleman found with a gun was a poacher.) England’s 1689 Declaration of Rights made a provision that “subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their condition and as allowed by law”; the Declaration was an attempt to resolve a struggle between Parliament and the Crown, in which Parliament wrested control of the militia from the Crown.

And for something more sobering, see Mother Jones’ timeline of 62 mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years.

Images: Guns in America: Facts and Figures. Select to embiggen.

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