Podcast Episode 668
The title of this week’s podcast is supposedly attributed to then-Governor Ronald Reagan during the time when the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and Justice (BPP) marched into Sacramento, CA to voice their opposition to the bill and raise awareness of the brutality that African Americans faced at the hands of law enforcement, the BPP decided to travel to the state capitol in Sacramento. The family of Denzil Dowell, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a California police officer, had approached the BPP for aid earlier that month. In response, the BPP met with the county district attorney and appealed to the sheriff’s department for further investigation into the shooting. Having exhausted the appropriate legal channels with no success, the BPP decided to use the trip to Sacramento to publicize the issue. The threat posed by the Mulford Act resonated even more within the context of the Dowell shooting.
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Mulford’s bill was a direct response to the BPP’s use of firearms as a mode of protest. Mulford even boasted of his intent to sabotage the organization by calling into an Oakland radio program during a feature including BPP members to publicly announce his proposed bill. The Mulford Act was hardly the first effort to disarm African Americans. For instance, certain Black Codes passed following the Civil War required African Americans to obtain special permits to possess a gun. While earlier legislation was more explicit about its intent to target African Americans, measures like the Mulford Act and its prohibition of public carry technically applied evenly to the entire population. However, gun control legislation like the Mulford Act could be used to target specific groups through application. Furthermore, the Mulford Act did not apply to law enforcement, meaning that police officers had new leverage over the BPP. Newton claimed that the BPP never perceived vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan to be its primary threat. Rather, it was state forces such as the National Guard and local police that posed the most danger to the organization. The BPP’s central opposition was law enforcement, and by disarming the BPP while allowing law enforcement to retain its weapons, the Mulford Act would shift the balance of power to favor police officers.
Members of the BPP traveled to the capitol on May 2, 1967, and boldly entered the building armed.
This reminds me of some of the many “evergreen” arguments of gun control,
Open Carry vs Concealed Carry.
Of those that believe in open carry know that the opposition to what you do is based on history like the Mulford Act in 1967. It is suggested that you practice carrying your firearm at home to learn how it feels before you go out in public if you are able to do so legally. Also, do you know that you will be judged by others when you do and may have to answer stupid questions as the representative of us all? They will judge you by your appearance as well.
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