Do you think that arming blacks in a place like Chicago would make it safer if those blacks were trained to use firearms in self defense?
A PRO-GUN campaigner says the wave of deadly gun violence in cities like Chicago can be tackled with more guns and better firearms training.
Maj Toure is the founder of Black Guns Matter, an organisation that aims to educate urban populations about their Second Amendment rights.
He claims more guns are the answer to America’s gun crime epidemic and believes that years of prejudice have convinced urban populations to associate guns with crime rather than defending themselves, their communities and their rights.
Maj, who was raised in north Philadelphia, said: “Growing up, people always told me that firearms were bad, and that if you have a firearm you either have to be the bad guy or you are law enforcement.
“That’s a lie. It’s just not true. The problem is the lack of information and education about firearms and safety in urban areas.
“There is a deliberate attempt to keep that information away from these highly populated areas because it’s not about gun control, it’s about people control.”
However, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence claims stats suggest removing guns from cities works better, saying ‘guns make violent situations deadly’.
Maj, who formed Black Guns Matter in 2016, has been taking his message across the United States for the past year, visiting areas such as Atlanta, Baltimore and Detroit.
The 29-year-old has also visited Chicago, where there were 3,550 shooting incidents, 4,331 shooting victims and 762 murders in 2016.
Maj believes a greater understanding of laws and education around firearms in Chicago would bring more ‘respect for the tool’ and greater ‘trigger discipline’.
This along with better teaching of de-escalation tactics would help reduce gun violence.
Maj, who is not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, said: “Clearly, gun legislation is not working. They have an extreme amount of gun control law and they still cracked 700 homicides last year.
“So what we do is inform the people better [about guns and the Second Amendment] to cut down on that.
“Information is always better than just legislation.
“A lot of times people in urban areas don’t even associate the Second Amendment with the hood.
“They associate the Second Amendment with guys in the military or crazy white guys down South.
“My job is to make sure that everybody understands the Second Amendment is for every citizen of America. It’s not my job to advocate more firearms. It’s my job to inform people about firearms.
“When you make something a taboo and you ignore it and pretend like it isn’t an issue, then there is no education and no knowledge – and a lack of knowledge is always dangerous.”
According to the American Trends Panel more than twice the amount of white people own legal guns compared to black people.
And while 51 per cent of people in rural areas own a legal gun, just 25 per cent of people in cities own a gun.
Black people were also two-and-a-half times times more likely to be shot by law enforcement than white people in 2015, despite black people making up 13 per cent of the population.
On his trips, Maj meets with community leaders in some of the poorest areas to educate people on their rights to bear arms.
Depending on state laws, they learn what rights they have against the police, sign up to get legal firearms and concealed and carry licenses, and also learn how to shoot properly.
As a conservative and a libertarian I’m for everyone exercising his gun rights. As a race realist, I fear that putting guns into the hands of blacks would be no different than putting them in the hands of children. There’s a lack of self control in the darker race.