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I have changed my mind about guns

From: David
Sent on: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:51 PM
I have changed my mind about guns!

It occurred to me that if patriotic Christian American slaves owned guns, they would have killed their patriotic Christian white slave masters. In reality, not everyone can kill (1 in 7), but pushed far enough, I am sure that the American Civil War would have been prevented when the white slave owners were killed by their slaves. There were some states in the early America where the slaves outnumbered the whites  (4 to 1 in some cases). The white slave masters encouraged the slaves to embrace Christianity; it seems that the slaves were more docile as Christians. Since it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write, the masters could tell the slaves whatever they wanted, and Sunday was the only day they didn't work.

Then, it occurred to me that if Africans had weapons, when the patriotic Christian Portuguese and Spanish slave traders went to Africa, they would have been stopped or at least slowed down, ending much of slavery. Apparently, in Africa, Africans were capturing other Africans, then selling them to the patriotic Christian slave traders; that certainly confuses matters. The Africans weren't Christian at that time, though Islam had spread in north Africa. Enough weapons in the hands of potential slaves, would have certainly changed the slave trade. I suppose there would have been a war of some sort, in Africa; I don't know if that would be called a civil war, since there weren't nations in Africa until they were imposed on the Africans by Imperial Europeans.

After the American Civil War, the patriotic white Christians effectively re-enslaved the former, now Christian, slaves by arresting them on petty, often fake charges such as vagrancy, drunkenness, carrying a weapon etc. The prisoner's fine was then 'sold' to white masters under a peonage system. The master paid the 'debt' of the prisoner, then held the prisoner in forced labor to pay off the 'debt'. It occurs to me that if the patriotic, Christian former slaves had enough guns, this would not have happened. Since the southern police were in on this (trained, gun carrying, patriotic, white Christians), it would have become quite violent. I suspect that convict slavery would have ended soon after the American Civil War when the price became too high to capture people on the trumped up charges. The convict slave system lasted about 50 years after the American Civil War, and even continued to some extent after that with the chain gangs.

BTW, Woodrow Wilson, was a white supremacist, undoing much of the changes brought about by people like Theodore Roosevelt who tried to end the convict slave system. It was under Roosevelt that much of the abuse was brought to light. Wilson undid many of the earlier changes, for instance, in the federal civil service.

African Americans participated in WW I, WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In these cases, patriotic, Christian, African Americans learned how to handle weapons and found that when they returned home, they were treated the same as before they went to war. But, now, they knew how to handle weapons and they were trained in hand-to-hand combat. With the ready availability of weapons in the USA, I suspect that this made a difference.

Just so you don't think that I am down on Christianity, I will point out that patriotic North African Muslims enslaved Christians and held them for ransom. These were the spoils of Mediterranean piracy (Barbary pirates). Cervantes was held as a slave until his family could raise the ransom and free him. Of course, you couldn't kill or mistreat your slave, since that would preclude being freed by paying the ransom.

One of the 'problems' with post American Civil War convict slavery was that, if you killed the slave, you could just put in an order with the authorities to get another one. There wasn't incentive to treat the convict slave well, since it was supposedly for a fixed time, and you could always get more.

The original purpose of the right to bear arms, in the US constitution was to prevent tyranny. Of course, the framers didn't extend this to the slaves. Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner, as were George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine were not Christians. I suspect that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were not Christians as adults.

The book I just finished is Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War ...  by Douglas A Blackmon. Well worth reading. It was turned into a PBS documentary by the same name.


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