Maj Toure looks to enlighten his fellow Black citizens on the significance of the second amendment and gun ownership
The launch of Black Guns Matter (BGM) began with a planned 13-city tour, with related events in cities like Baltimore and Chicago with high numbers in cases concerning gun violence, where he believes gun training could bring about change.
Maj Toure stated that there’s so much ignorance around the Second Amendment, mainly in the ‘hood’. The thought of the general public is that, if you have a firearm, then you are a horrible person. But possessing a gun and being a conscientious gun owner shows qualities of a good citizen. “You can protect against negative portions of the community and law enforcement. Anybody not trying to do the right thing is a tyrant or a terrorist, for lack of a better term. We created something that would address that, as opposed to complaining about it,” he said.
Toure believes that the important thing about owning a firearm is the safety and good training around it. Understanding what your rights are is also as important. We all have constitutional rights and amendments, but if you have got nothing to defend yourself from a person trying to infringe on those rights, then it doesn’t make sense having them in the first place.
The activist was quizzed if BGM has an affiliation with BLM, he responded saying they are totally separate organizations and they also serve different purposes. He went on to explain that BLM has given a name to their movement in the struggle to fight against things that have been happening in the country for a very long time. “What we can do at BGM is offer any strategic advice or just do things we know helps. We aren’t really about marching. We’re more about getting in, informing the people, training the people and getting them to stand on their own,” he added.
Looking at the history of the Black-American community, we can spot the connection between the rights Blacks had on weapons and their rights on every other thing. Based on this, we can say that the equality of citizens in the U.S.A. can only be guaranteed by the 2nd amendment in its original form.
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