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Wed Jul 27, 2016, 09:40 AM


'It's a matter of survival': the black Americans fighting for gun rights

For Randall, who leads one of a small but growing number of groups organising and training for the armed self-defence of black areas, the stakes are high. Only 10 days before our sit-down, a young black man named Micah Johnson shot 14 police officers in the downtown area, killing five. The increasing friction between the black community, the police, and rightwing or white supremacist activists whoíve been drawn to Dallas in the wake of the killings has been noticeable, he says.

Randallís group may be in a radical minority, but he is part of a much larger body of African American opinion which is pro-firearms and pro-second amendment. Not everyone in that category shares Randallís broader political views, but many see guns as a way of being safe in a country that is dangerous for black citizens.
In 2014, Pew found that 19% of black Americans reported owning a gun, compared with 41% of white Americans. More recent surveys indicate a slight weakening in what overall is strong black support for greater gun control. But other data from late in 2014 suggests that more than half of black Americans still think that owning a gun makes someone safer.

If we accept the accuracy of these figures, there seems to be a large gap between the number of people who think guns would make them safer, and the number who actually go out and get a firearm.


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Wed Jul 27, 2016, 03:05 PM

1. Good post. Cracks the door open to see the diversity within the armed African-American community.


The reporter took his time in identifying Brothers Against Racist Cops (well into the story), but we get some inkling of contrast between it and the New Black Panther Party, the former seeming less doctrinaire. BARC seems also to have adopted the old Panther approach of community-building and strong personal codes of conduct. (Activities of this were going on in Austin in 1970 when I arrived here.)

I had not heard of NAAGA, which may be more limited in scope, but still concerned with exercising Second Amendment freedoms. There seemed little pursuit by the reporter on the issue of black SD when it comes to more common sectarian/apolitical crime. Though some of these right-wing groups may be dangerous, if they are "pushed back" by just the presence of armed black SD forces, then this will be for the social good.

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