By: Teresa Mull
Here’s something the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know about: not all gun owners are white, hillbilly racists.
In Oklahoma over the weekend, “Over a hundred people marched with their firearms in a Black gun owners rally to bring awareness to their Second Amendment rights,” Oklahoma News 4 reported.
Michael Washington, the event’s organizer, told the news station:
“It’s time that we let everybody know, especially those that may not be aware, that you can carry your weapons too and that you can protect yourself by any means necessary.”
Babu Omowale, who attended the march, said:
“We’re trying to get Black people to understand the Second Amendment does not only apply to a certain ethic group, that the Second Amendment applies to everybody. I don’t know if people can understand what it’s like to be in the shoes of a Black man in America today unless you’re actually Black.”
Omar Chatman, another event organizer, told The Oklahoman before the demonstration:
“As an African American, it’s important to send a message to the governor and president that we aren’t going to allow people to come into our communities and brutalize us. That goes for corrupt police officers, white supremacists and criminals. Criminals have no color. It doesn’t matter if you are a Black man, white man, Asian or Hispanic. If you come into our community, know we are armed.”
GPM reported last year that more Americans, especially women and minorities, are arming themselves legally:
Gun researcher John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) recently released a report documenting the level of concealed handgun permit ownership in the United States.
CPRC findings reveal the number of concealed handgun permits have skyrocketed to 17.25 million, a substantial increase from 2007, when there were only 4.6 million concealed handgun permits in the United States. As it currently stands, 7.14 percent of American adults are concealed carry permit holders.
The picture looks even better for women and minorities. From 2012 to 2018, the percent of women holding carry permits increased by 207 percent, and the percent of blacks with permits grew 20 percent faster than whites.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at email@example.com.