Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 31, 1861 - W.H. Russell on Need for Gun Control (note the date, 154 years ago today)

William Howard Russell, the first great war correspondent, was an important contact for British Consul Robert Bunch, Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South.

May 3lst - Speaking of the numerous crimes committed in New Orleans, [the sheriff] declared it was a perfect hell upon earth, and that nothing would ever put an end to murders, manslaughters, and deadly assaults, till it was made penal to carry arms; but by law every American citizen may walk with an armory round his waist, if he likes. Bar-rooms, cock-tails, mint-juleps, gambling-houses, political discussions, and imperfect civilization do the rest. 

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