Monday, July 18, 2016

- Black Guns Matter

While I'm a little annoyed at the condescending tone, I'm actually quite excited to finally see this:

In February 2015, Philip Smith started a Facebook group to make space for the often-overlooked concerns of law-abiding, license-carrying gun owners who happen to be African-American.

Smith was tired of feeling conspicuous as the only black guy at the gun ranges he visited. Surely, he thought, there must be others out there, dealing with the same suspicions he faced when passersby glimpsed the Glock on his hip.

A year and a half later, Smith counts more than 11,000 members, representing all 50 states.

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Despite the championing in Congress of gun restrictions by black legislators, many African-Americans now see gun ownership as an important civil rights cause, in the spirit of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ comment in 1867 that a man’s rights lay in three boxes: “the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box.” In African-American gun groups like Smith’s, members are expressing a mix of fear and defiance over the incidents.

I've long argued that the NRA should be doing outreach specific aimed toward increasing firearms ownership among law abiding black Americans. The black crime problem falls harder on them after all than it ever will on me. I'm glad someone wasn't content to wait for them to get around to it.

But to be perfectly clear, I don't think there is such a thing that is only a civil rights issue for Black Americans. Legal firearms ownership is a civil right that's important for ALL Americans.

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