Bringing Black Youth into Mainstream Gun Culture

For years, I have been writing the urban black community is a natural place to recruit Second Amendment activists. The people there are those most in need of guns for self defense.  John Lott came to the same conclusion with academic studies of who benefits most from concealed carry laws.

Second Amendment activists have long said that firearms training increases responsibility and maturity. It has worked in rural areas. It should work in urban centers. Maj Toure decided to take that concept and run with it.  Maj is one of a number of black firearms activists that teach in support of the Second Amendment. Maj founded Black Guns MatterFrom

The BGM leader educated the YESPhilly students through various workshops, covering topics like conflict resolution, de-escalation, firearm safety, their rights as citizens and the Second Amendment.

Maj Toure founded Black Guns Matter in 2015 and tours across the country providing Second Amendment education and information to urban communities according to the BGM website.

“I don’t think there’s a black gun culture or white gun culture, I think there’s an informed gun culture and an ignorant gun culture,” Toure said.

These efforts are part of a sea change in attitudes about guns among blacks and women.  John Lott has documented that more black people and women are getting concealed carry permits than ever before. A majority of Black Americans now see firearms ownership as a positive. People with carry permits now exceed 16 million people. That is about 6.5% of the total adult population.    From

Women are largely fueling the increase. Among the eight states that had data from 2012-16, permits for men grew by 22% and permits for women soared by 93%. In the 14 states with 2016 data on sex, women now make up 36% of permit holders.

Over those same years, the number of blacks with permits increased 30% faster than the number of whites with permits. Blacks now make up 11% of permit holders. A few states provide a breakdown for Asian-Americans, and in those states they accounted for the largest percentage increase in permits.

Black people, especially black women, are realizing the right to bear arms is a right that has been taken from them. That realization is making draconian gun control impossible to pass.

The necessity of keeping slaves disarmed, and the racist desire to keep freed blacks disarmed, drove gun control laws and the gun control movement. Integrating responsible gun ownership and Second Amendment rights into urban black culture destroys the racist roots of gun control.

At Black Guns Matter, they embrace this mission. It is one that all Second Amendment activists can embrace. From

The Black Guns Matter mission is to educate urban communities on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities through firearm training and education.

Those pushing for a disarmed population depend on blacks and women as core supportive groups.  They are losing that support.

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