Potemkin wrote:Reagan wasn't targetting "blacks" in general, and he certainly wasn't targetting "whites" in general. He was specifically targetting the Black Panthers, a self-organising group of radical blacks who had taken to following police officers around while armed with rifles in order to 'monitor' their behaviour in black neighbourhoods. They had a constitutional right to do this, but the police wanted it stopped and Reagan wanted it stopped. Gun control laws were their chosen means of stopping it, by taking away their constitutional right to bear arms. Everyone else, black or white, was just collatoral damage.
I don't doubt police brutality was a billion times worse in that era, but following cops as you describe above is extremely disturbing.
Ideally laws apply to ALL equally. Gun control laws are obeyed by law abiding people with no proclivity to do crime.
Those that want to do crimes with the aid of a gun can always get them in the black market. I live in Maryland which has extremely strict gun control laws. They make you jump thru hoops and loops and it takes about 270.00 USD dollars just to apply for a permit and pay for the training. They require security training, fingerprints, seven day wait, pristine record of no crime, etc, etc . And yet every single criminal in downtown Baltimore has a gun and they shoot each other on a daily basis.
This type of excessive gun violence is a new phenomenon. Thomas Sowell grew up in Harlem in the 1940s and he recalls that gun violence was unheard off. He never heard gunshots while growing up in the hood. But, that was in the 1940-50s. He was admitted to Harvard when there was no affirmative action. He got in because he was smart and not because he was black.