When Black Panthers Carried Guns, Conservatives Supported Gun Control

A Black Panther Party member holds a rifle outside the California State Capitol on May 2, 1967, during a protest against a bill that banned carrying loaded guns in public.

The images from the two mass shootings this past weekend, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, were, as with all mass shootings, devastating. No matter how many news cycles come and go, it is impossible to stay numb to the story of a woman in El Paso who was shielding her baby son so that her dead body’s fall broke his bones while saving his life.