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Negroes and the Gun by Nicholas Johnson
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it was amazing

A great written history of african americans from slavery through the 1970s whose only form of a self defense was a firearm. This is a painful account of state and local law enforcement duplicity in the terrorizing and lynching of (mostly) southern blacks. The book does a great job identifying people history has overlooked who made significant contributions to protecting their communities and eventually protecting those who were marching for equality and civil rights. The book did not propose that everyone who took up arms had a satisfying outcome. In some cases, self-defense led to larger, angrier mobs of Klan and their supporters. Gun control and self defense is a difficult topic. The author did a great job of presenting both sides of the argument and why the choice of firearms should be an individual choice and not a government mandate.
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Reading Progress

June 3, 2015 – Shelved
June 3, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
June 21, 2015 – Started Reading
July 10, 2015 – Finished Reading

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