Story at a glance:
- Black gun owners are responsive to white on Black violence.
- There is a correlation between the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Philando Castile and Black gun owners, according to reports.
Black people are buying guns at a high record rate, partially due to fear and anxiety, according to The Guardian.
Black people owning guns have gone up 58.2 percent, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — and gun groups like the “Not F**king Around Coalition (NFAC)” consist of armed social justice advocates who demand justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, visibly strapped with handguns.
The Guardian also noted that gun-ownership amongst Black people spiked both when President Trump lost his reelection campaign and when Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who died after he was inspecting an empty house, was gunned down.
“In times of uncertainty people want to be able to have the means to defend themselves,” Robert Cottrol, a law professor at George Washington University told The Guardian. “People are worried that they’re not being protected and they’ll have to do it themselves.”
Similarly, back in 2019, NPR credited Philando Castile’s death, who was shot and killed by St. Paul, Minn., police during a traffic stop. The National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), a Black alternative to the National Rifle Association (NRA), saw its membership increase rapidly to about 30,000 members. The organization, which has been in business since 2015, has 75 chapters nationwide.
According to NPR, the NAAGA membership has spiked because of Trump’s political climate.
“The value of these groups is learning with people who know your struggle and understand what’s happening and has been happening with this country,” said Anubis Heru, the owner of the first Black-owned firearm store and simulator range, the 1770 Armory and Gun Club in Denver.
“Black people and women of color like to come to our facility because we’re not the typical redneck with a tattoo of the Three Percenters,” he continued.
According to the Pew Research Center, Black people represent 24 percent compared of gun owners, compared to 36 percent of white gun people and 15 percent of Hispanic people.
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