Gun control and keeping blacks from getting an education? These two agendas are closely intertwined. Before and after the Civil War, Democrats fought hard to keep blacks on the plantation, enacting Black Codes to ban free blacks from owning firearms, and limiting many other freedoms. The goal was to keep blacks as close to slavery as possible.

Today, gun control remains racist. Correlating Brady scores with homicide rates by race shows that Brady’s “best” states consistently have higher black homicide rates and lower white homicide rates.* If states wrote Black Codes restricting right-to-carry, this would translate into a clear and intentional racist agenda. (The following two graphs show homicide rates for Americans of African and Caucasian descent.)

Since 2001, carry-restricted states have averaged 24% higher black homicide rates.

Slave owners operated under the doctrine of paternalism. Whites were purportedly motivate by “humanitarian ideals” to assume “responsible dominion” over “less fortunate, less evolved people.”

Today, gun controllers evince the same moral superiority—claiming the same humanitarian ideals—to justify their wanting to ensure that those less evolved don’t have access to dangerous guns. Where they’re most successful, whites are safer and blacks die more frequently.

So it should come as no surprise that the most virulent gun banners would also want to restrict black education. Y’all don’t have to think, just do as you’re told. But don’t worry, there’s a warm pallet waiting for y’all on the plantation.

* Excel workbook containing homicide data from Centers for Disease Control, violent crime data from FBI, and Brady Campaign score cards. More of that research appears here and here.