We’ve all heard of #BlackLivesMatter, but have you heard of the #BlackGunsMatter movement? My guess is, probably not, since the mainstream media fails to report stories that don’t fit the progressive narrative.
“Through the BLACK GUNS MATTER movement we educate and inform urban communities on 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities.”
Maj Toure kicked off a tour in 2016, traveling to urban cities across the country and garnering more than 1300 attendees – American citizens of different colors and class levels living in an urban environment – wanting to learn more about their gun rights and how to practice gun safety.
Maj Toure is tapping into the concerns and fears of many who live in urban communities wrought with violence. Chicago, for example, was ranked 8th in the nation by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its tough gun laws. These include a mandatory 16 hour class in order to obtain a concealed-carry license (the lengthiest course in the country). Despite these gun laws,
“Chicago had more criminal homicides this year than New York and Los Angeles combined, despite having fewer residents than either city.” (via the New York Times)
What’s less commonly known is that gun control has roots as a racist policy. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, white racists created laws specifically barring black freed men from owning firearms. At the time, the KKK encouraged their local police departments – many of which obliged – to seize the firearms from the homes of blacks. In fact, Republican president Ulysses S. Grant pushed for the Anti-Klan Act of 1871 to be passed (which it did), which “made it a felony to ‘deprive any citizen of the United States of any arms or weapons he may have in his house of possession for the defense of his person, family, or property.” Ultimately, this portion was thrown out, deemed redundant to the 2nd Amendment.
Maj Toure wants to decrease the fear around legal gun ownership in urban communities. He even recently appeared on Tomi Lahren’s show on The Blaze, noting that despite their disagreements on a number of political issues, he and Tomi are on the same page about 2nd Amendment rights.
The mainstream media is failing to report this movement. I suppose that we only encourage racial unity when it’s a part of the liberal agenda, and not to promote a basic Constitutional right.