Gun nuts and Republicans lionize Reagan as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms.
Most, however, either do not remember Reagan or are very hazy on their history.
Ronald Reagan banned open carry in California!
Reagan and his henchmen were all in favor of open carry until blacks started carrying.
Specifically, the Black Panthers.
The Black Panthers showed up at the California capitol armed.
OMG! Black people with guns! Almost overnight the California legislature sent Reagan a bill to ban open carry.
Reagan signed it.
It amuses me no end when I hear Republicans complain about restrictions on guns and in the next breath extol Ronald Reagan.
But it shouldn’t surprise me. Reagan is a myth. Republican re-constructionists have created a legacy for Reagan out of whole cloth. Not only did Reagan favor controls on guns, he supported amnesty for illegals, and abortion rights for women.
Selling the “Reconstructed Reagan” has been a fairly easy task. Most conservatives are neither well educated nor terribly bright. Many are too young to remember him, many have no clue to history, politics, or public issues.
But the next time some Republican mentions Reagan, remind them that Reagan banned open carry in California!
They won’t believe you.
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