What do you do when you no longer feel safe even from those that are to protect you?
A white domestic terrorist attack in a Charleston church on June 17, 2015 brought lots of questions about how safe black people are in their communities. A 22-year-old Dylann Roof walked inside a church and left 9 African-Americans dead including the senior pastor.
According to reports, Roof was upset about Baltimore’s anti-police protests and Travyon Martin verdict in Florida. He worried about black people taking over.
Roof’s actions reminded many African-Americans about the turbulent Civil Rights era, when black churches were destroyed and their members brutalized. It made them think about carrying guns for their protection. If every church member had a gun, Roof would have definitely not being able to shoot and kill nine of them.
The Huey P. Newton Gun Club demands that black people and others generally arm themselves for self-defense. They say that “Police Terrorism, along with ill-advised and racist grand-juries across America, have failed to indict officers for murder even in circumstances where overwhelming evidence has existed to suggest an indictment would be appropriate.”
Is it a big deal as a black man to have a gun roaming around? For now yes, because you don’t want to be shot by a police officer. Even if you are holding a toy gun, you’re still at risk. Again, if you don’t carry a gun, your life is also endangered by white supremacists like Roof.
There’s a need for all citizens to be armed for their safety as the society has become a danger zone to live.
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