Does having a gun while being Black have positive impacts?
The demand for owning a licensed gun has drastically increased, after a splash in police brutal killings of African-Americans. Before this time, most African-Americans were against gun ownership.
In February 2015, a gun activist, Philip Smith, created a forum on Facebook to raise awareness concerning the use of licensed guns, especially by Black People. Within a year and a half period the group has had over 11,000 members from all over the country and most of those are African-Americans.
Despite all the risks connected with owning a gun, more African-Americans now show great interest in it, as it could be necessary for one’s self-protection and protection of one’s civil liberties. While 54 percent of Black people, according to the Pew Research Center, see the positive sides of owning guns, a handful of citizens still contemplate on the safety of the society, since “there have been too many accidents involving children playing with guns or accidental discharges due to careless or inexperienced adults”.
The State also seems to oppose spreading of weapons among people of color. One of Dallas Black licensed gun owners was labeled by local police as a person of interest just because he had the same skin color with the shooter, who had killed 5 officers at the sadly remembered rally.
Adolphus Belk, director of the African-American Studies Program at Winthrop University in South Carolina, criticized NRA for the failure to invest enough energy into fighting for the rights of black gun owners.
Modern gun restricting laws root from racist practices, but human factor plays its role too.
Judge Clarence Thomas once wrote, “The use of firearms for self-defense was often the only way black citizens could protect themselves from mob violence.”
White citizen patrols and supremacists such as the Ku Klux Klansmen and the White Brotherhood members used to terrorize African-Americans in the past; as the government cannot protect them now and the police do not want to do it, then what has changed since the times of the Civil War and why African-Americans are being deprived of their legitimate means of protection?
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