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Old August 22, 2009, 10:23 PM   #391
JohnKSa
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Yet you mentioned the display of arms of the Black Panther Party. That one act, coupled with many others, forced attention on the civil rights movement which brought freedom to millions without firing a single shot.
Again, the disconnect is astounding.

First of all, there were shots fired both by and at the Black Panthers. One shootout with police took place on October 28, 1967. An officer was killed and another was badly injured. On December 28 of the same year there was another armed encounter with police resulting in injuries to 13 officers. That's just two of the more notable incidents where Black Panthers were involved in shootings with the police.

Second, open carry by the Black Panthers resulted in the the introduction of legislation RESTRICTING open carry, just the opposite of what we want. Look up the Mulford Act.

They are HARDLY a group that we should emulate; (or cite as an example of the benefits of open carry as protest) among other things they demanded that all black men be exempt from military service and that ALL black men in local, state or federal prison be released summarily.
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Why is it that every time someone posts a rhetorical scenario based upon history people like you paint them as wild eyed heavily armed wackos, with a grenade pin in their teeth, heading out the door to do battle with the government?
Perhaps because in this case the person in question held up as a group to be emulated an organization (the Black Panthers) that could very accurately be characterized as "wild eyed heavily armed wackos, with a grenade pin in their teeth, heading out the door to do battle with the government".
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