Former NFL player and current Republican House Candidate Jerone Davison released a “Make Rifles Great Again” ad recalling how black Americans once used guns to fend off the Ku Klux Klan.
The Klan was a Reconstruction-era group that sought to intimidate free black Americans out of showing up to vote Republican following the Civil War. They re-emerged in the early 1900s with a continued focus on sustaining Democrat power in the South.
The Klan approach Davison’s home in the ad and he emerges holding a modern sporting rifle to fend them off. The modern sporting rifle bridges the gap between black Americans of the 1860s-70s and black Americans of today.
Davison is running in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.
In concurring with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in McDonald v. Chicago, Justice Clarence Thomas emphasized how black Americans were denied arms and other rights in the post-Civil War South.