Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said he was inspired to advocate for the protection of the Second Amendment after reading about the efforts to keep guns out of the hands of freed slaves who fought for the right to bear arms.
“The fight by the abolitionists,
post-slavery, for blacks to be able to be armed — do you know that gun control, early gun control, was really about keeping guns out of the hands of black people? We as black people have been so separated from
our history it’s astounding to me. We should be some of the most ardent
supporters of the Second Amendment because our history was not being
able to possess arms to be able to defend ourselves from mobs,
kidnappings and lynchings,” he said during a Heritage Foundation event,
“The Right to Arms and the War on Guns.”