Same sh*t …

different century.  A New York Times article from July 24, 1881 discussing a proclamation, issued by Mayor King of Philadelphia, on the carrying of concealed weapons:

Mayor King issued a proclamation this morning calling attention to the violation of law relative to the carrying of concealed deadly weapons.  Among other things he says that whoever carries concealed weapons carries also the concealed thought of murder.

Someone has to stop all those filthy wops from carrying guns around our fair city, don’t they?  It was all fine as long as white anglo-saxons protestants were carrying weapons.

UPDATE: Looks like Mayor King made the mistake of pissing off the pyrotechnics lobby.  Looks like they were successful in defeating him too.