Stacy Swimp is the president of the Frederick Douglass Society. At a press conference, he is asked to explain his comment that gun control has a history of “Black people control:
(CNSNews.com)Â â€“ Gun control dates back to laws before and after the Civil War that prohibited or restricted African Americans from owning firearms, a group of black leaders said Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
â€œHistory is [rife] with examples. Thereâ€™s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,â€ Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event.
Swimp compared the call for universal background checks for gun purchase to the time when blacks were required to register with the government.
â€œThe first gun laws were put into place to register black folks, to make sure that they would know who we were â€“ that we could not defend ourselves,â€ Swimp said.
â€œI think if you look right after the Emancipation Proclamation â€“ what was going on down in the southern states, itâ€™s very clear that the Dixiecrats wanted to disarm black people to keep us from defending ourselves against the Klansman, who were murdering white and black Republicans to control the ballot box,â€ Swimp said. â€œSo I think history is [rife] with examples. Thereâ€™s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control.â€
The gun control laws that banned or put restrictions on African Americans from owning firearms are documented on a timeline from 1640 to 1995 by the National Rifle Associationâ€™s Institute of Legislative Action and can be foundÂ here.