Following the tragic event at Umpqua Community College, where a 26-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom leaving 10 people killed and another 7 injured, it is understandable that U.S. gun culture and state gun control are fresh on people’s minds.
When moving forward after events like this, I believe it’s important to avoid reactive measures that could potentially have even greater consequences than the tragedies themselves (e.g. War on Drugs, PATRIOT Act, etc.). What follows is a selection of articles over the years from across the political spectrum that touch on the usually ignored topic of gun control and discrimination in its many forms.*
The Secret History of Guns by Adam Winker
Yes, Please by Charles W. Johnson
Gun Control, Surveillance and Trans Resistance by Dean Spade
Seen and Unseen by Rodrick Long
Gun Control: A Left Libertarian Critique by Nathan Goodman
Is There a Right to Own a Gun? by Michael Huemer
The Panthers Were Right and Reagan Was Wrong on Gun Control by Anthony Gregory
An Anarchist Case Against Gun Control by Chris Cararra
Shaneen Allen, Race and Gun Control by Radley Balko
Gun Control, Mental Illness, and Black Trans and Lesbian Survival by Gabriel Arkles
Arm the Mentally Ill by Kelly Vee
The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights by The Polemicist
How Gun Control Hurts Minorities by Nathan Goodman & Meg Arnold
A (Brief) People’s History of Gun Control by Kevin Carson
The History of LGBT Gun-Rights Litigation by David Kopel
Gun Control’s Racist Past and Present by Creede Newton
Why Some Members of the Far Left Advocate Against Gun Control by Elizabeth King
The L.G.B.T. Case for Guns by Nicki Stallard
Why Black People Own Guns by Julia Craven
Gun Control and Class Struggle by Socialist Appeal
The Trans Women Turning to Firearms for Survival by S.E. Smith
Obama’s Gun Control Ableism by T. J. Scholl
The (Really, Really) Racist History of Gun Control in America by Jane Coaston
Who Goes to Prison Due to Gun Control? by Anthony Gregory
Why the Left-wing Needs a Gun Culture by Lorenzo Raymond
This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles E. Cobb Jr.
Gun Control, Structural Racism, and the Prison State by Nathan Goodman
In Response to Far Right, LGBTQ Gun Group Hits Firing Line by Michael Hill
Black Gun Owners Speak Out About Facing a Racist Double Standard by Tessa Stuart
Feel free to comment with additional material I may have missed relating to these topics.
*Note: This is NOT meant to be a case for or against certain measures of gun control. This is meant to shed light on specific factors that are usually absent from this discussion.