When you think of pro-gun people, who do your mind envision? If you are like most in America, white country hillbillies come to mind. You know, some guy dressed in camouflage from head to toe, big tobacco bulge in his lip, and a sawed-off shotgun in his arms. But in reality, this is far from accurate, at least according to Maj Toure.
And if Toure has any say in the matter, every black man and woman in the nation should be armed.
Toure is a black Philadelphia native, but unlike so many of those who live in the inner city, minority communities, he has a strong appreciation for our Second Amendment. In fact, he has even begun his own advocacy organization for that cause.
It’s called Black Guns Matter, and, according to him, is an effort to inform Americans, especially those in Democratically held cities, of their right to keep and bear arms.
And all this civil unrest and the call for police to be defunded has given him the perfect opportunity to make his point.
He told Business Insider, “I believe that more black people would be alive if they were armed. So when I hear ‘unarmed black man,’ I’m sad because there should be no such thing.”
His organization, which was started in 2016, wants people to know about their right procure and keep firearms, but also how the process of “gun-control” at its heart is racist.
He explains, “I pick my words very carefully: All gun control is racist. “Whether they change it to make it look like you got to pay a fee, you got to do this, you do that… Gun control in America was initially created to stop melanated beings from having arms.”
And Toure, most certainly, has a point.
Think about it. Up until after the Civil War, no one talked about gun rights and changing the laws to make it ‘safer’ to own and keep them. If you do any sort of digging or research, you will notice that it was only after black Americans were freed and slowly given rights were these gun control laws introduced. Southern Democrats wanted to make sure black America wasn’t allowed to arm themselves and so the gun control movement was created.
At first, it merely made firearms inaccessible to the black men because they were expensive or had to be signed for, leaving Southern blacks defenseless against those who might seek to do them harm, such as the notorious Ku Klux Klan.
However, as time passed and blacks were given more rights and freedoms, the movement for gun control has become less about race and more about politics, at least on the surface. Experts note that even still, the communities most unable to get access to firearms are those in minority communities of America’s larger cities, where the registration and licensing fees, as well as the hassle of the process, is often too much for blacks who may wish to own a gun.
Toure, and his organization, wants to change this. And the first thing to do is to educate those communities on their rights. That they firstly have the right to protect themselves and their property with a firearm. Secondly, that such freedom comes with the responsibility to handle your firearms safely. And thirdly, that if the black community doesn’t want to have to rely on police, it will have to learn responsible firearm protection for themselves.
Toure says, “People somehow forget that we have the right to defend our lives with firearms.”
Philip Smith, who founded the National African American Gun Association, agrees with this message. He told BI, “A lot of times in our community, we have a lot of our politicians, unfortunately, say, “Don’t have a gun. You don’t need a gun.’ Well, I pushed back on that and say, that’s the very thing that we do need.”
And he is right.
We don’t need politicians telling us to lay down our arms and rely on them for safety. We don’t need “gun-free” zones and entire communities living without protection. What has that gotten us? When a shooter walks into a crowd and begins shooting, Americans are left at his or her mercy. The riots in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, New York, and many other places only prove this.
And Toure’s correct, if more black men and women took hold of their Second Amendment rights, more would live.