Hey rightwing gun nuts - arming slave victims would not have freed them because the gun trade actually fueled the slave trade

The Ghost of a Flea1/19/2013 6:06:23 pm PST

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There are plenty of examples of how the Nazis responded to partisan attacks. A typical ratio was 10 to 100 dead for every Nazi shot or killed. Important Nazi deaths would require the massacre of an entire village or town, with everyone in it being killed, and the total destruction of the town.

Bands of armed Jews would have been faced with the burning of entire ghettos with everyone in them had they tried armed resistance. Is it really necessary to remind people that it took the combined military forces of the industrialized world five years to overcome the Germans?

Very much the same kind of retaliatory violence was used in the US South whenever there was a violent incident involving an escaping slave. Each slave rebellion results in an orgy of arbitrary violence against both free and enslaved blacks. And not just shootings and lynchings: rape and elaborate public torture were commonplace.

To look at the history of slavery and say “if they just had guns” is insanely insulting to the people that survived in those conditions. It’s a shallow fantasy of violence as panacea, with no reflection on the deeper context…which is unfortunately a consistent theme of many of these loud “we need guns for freedom” people.