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“Knowledge is Power”, the old and infinitely wise adage goes. When it comes to arguing against the inherently racist history of gun control, you are going to need a lot of it, but it helps to have a list of books to read and reference along the way.

While I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you today, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the books out there on the issue. And just because you’ve done your homework, that doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to persuade every gun grabber. However, you may inspire a few fence-sitters to think twice.

I frequently refer to the fact that prominent black figures in modern history have used their right to bear arms as a means of not only self-defense, but protection from a tyrannical government with immoral laws. From Martin Luther King Jr. applying for a concealed carry permit after his family was physically threatened to Malcom X and the Black Panthers exercising  “open carry” in the California state capitol, or the closeted fact that the Ku Klux Klan began as a gun control group in an effort to restrict newly freed slaves from protecting themselves – there are no shortage of examples of how black people have turned to the Second Amendment throughout history.

The list below is a great reference point for those who wish to learn more. Dare I say, those who wish to be “armed with reason.”

Listed by Topic:

The History of the Ku Klux Klan and Their Obsession with Gun Control

  1. Gun Violence in America: The Struggle for Control by Alexander DeConde
  2. The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror and the Death of Reconstruction by Leeanna Keith
  3. “The Klan’s Favorite Law” by David B. Kopel
  4. Reconstruction: Ku Klux Klan in York County by Jerry. L. West

Black Codes that Prevented African Americans From Firearms

  1. “The Racist Roots of Gun Control” by Clayton Cramer

Martin Luther King’s View on Self-defense

  1. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow

Malcom X and the Black Panther Movement

  1. Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party  by Curtis J. Austin

Now go forth and drop some knowledge!