A lot of people believe that blacks march in lockstep behind calls for gun control. But while the civil rights movement largely was about nonviolent resistance, many blacks exercised a legitimate right of self-defense. Many still do today.
We hear that the Statue of Liberty was the gift of "the French people" to "the American people." Grammar-school civics aside, though, individuals from all walks of life wound up funding the statue voluntarily, without State funding or coercion.