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NRA To African-Americans: You’ll Need Guns To Protect Yourselves

The National Rifle Association has apparently begun its previously mentioned initiative to reach minority audiences, announcing that Youtube celebrity and self-described “urban gun enthusiast” Colion Noir will join NRA News.

Noir appeared in a short clip posted to the NRA News Youtube channel, expressing the necessity for guns in African-American communities.

He tied the battle for gun ownership to the civil rights movement, claiming that black people must be responsible for their own protection. Speaking of the high level of gun violence that prevails in black communities, Noir said: “It’s not a gun problem. It’s not even a violence problem. It’s a culture problem. It’s a poverty problem. It’s a history problem.”

The message reflected many of the NRA’s common arguments, specifically the government’s inability to protect its citizens, and the Obama administration’s plan to systematically disarm America. The Center for American Progress recently reported that blacks make up 56 percent of all victims in firearm homicides, despite making up just 13 percent of the country’s population.

Meanwhile, Noir suggests that the government’s proposed gun control measures are avenues of oppression.

“The same government who at one point hosed us down with water, attacked us with dogs, wouldn’t allow us to eat at their restaurants and told us we couldn’t own guns. . .  The only person responsible for your safety is you,” he says in the video. “Cops can’t always be there. Obama definitely can’t be there. Guy telling me to get rid of my guns when I need them the most, isn’t my friend, isn’t looking out for my best interests and doesn’t speak for me or the community that I’m part of.”

Noir’s message seems to willfully ignore the time the NRA spent attempting to disarm the Black Panther Party in the years surrounding the civil rights movement. Furthermore, the use of guns contradicts the largely nonviolent message that led the movement.

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15 thoughts on “NRA To African-Americans: You’ll Need Guns To Protect Yourselves

  1. Devon Crane says:

    Self Preservation

  2. Harrison Hall says:

    Uncle rush needs to sit down with his Hillary supporting ass in the primaries.

  3. Jason Stubbs says:

    Let's not forget that the requirement to get a drivers license, business license, marriage license and gun license all have their roots in the Black Codes. Everyone is so stuck on who the NRA has doing what that they have forgotten about refuting, in detail, the statements made by Colion Noir in ALL of his videos. Where is the in depth reporting that black journalism was known for in decades past? Why are all of the gun control supporters repeating each other and unable to actually go into depth on anything that Mr. Noir has posted?

  4. Erik Nervik says:

    It seems the reporter overlooks two things… One is that the NRA was populated mainly with Fudds in the 1960s and supported all kinds of anti gun laws regardless of racial lines in the 1960s. This is well documented. Two many civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther king were denied gun permits by racist sheriffs, did MLK applying for a permit take away from a non violent message? Of course not, there's nothing wrong with protecting yourself!

  5. Adding more guns to the African – American community so they can cause more death and destruction! What a noble idea! Oh I forgot that if we register these weapons only law-abiding citizens will have access to them and they will only be used to protect us from the criminal element! Only a idiot would suggest that saturating the oversaturated African-American community with weapons would help make it safer! To the individual who allowed the NRA to use him as pawn, slap him and wake him up because he must be sleepwalking! The only outcome of adding more guns to the community will allow self-genocide to happen at an even more accelerated pace in the African-American community!

  6. Erik Nervik says:

    No one is suggesting just passing out guns like candy here, please educate yourself of logical fallacies, specifically the straw man fallacy you just used. There is a strong difference between use of firearms by the criminal element and the use of firearms for legitimate self defense and sporting puRposes after clearing background checks and all required government permits. No one has suggested just setting crates of guns down in Compton and saying "have at 'em "

  7. There is no place in America where you are safe from gun violence and accidents over the past few months have indicated that! Whether you have legal ownership or not a gun only responds to the finger on the trigger it has no conscience or morals! Only a a– would think that I was suggesting we leave guns on S.Central street corners! So until you become African-American and live in our shoes for a significant period of time in our community your opinion holds about as much weight as a cotton ball!

  8. Erik Nervik says:

    I disagree, the people in my neighborhood, white, black, asian, and hispanic, all own firearms, and not one single instance of "gun violence" at least not in the last 10 years or so. accidents are accidents, not violence. by pure definition an accident is not an act of violence. one doesn't need to be black in order to point out flaws in other people's arguments. you didn't suggest that we leave crates of guns on the street, you basically accused Colion Noir of advocating for that. There's nowhere in the world you're completely safe from anything…

  9. If the guns are already there how will the NRA saturate the community?

  10. Gena Kegley says:

    Mr. Jackson,
    This is a good discussion to have, again. I would like to comment that keeping the 2nd Amendment the way it is, with existing laws does not add more guns to any community. When we restrict people who will follow laws and do take owning a gun seriously, we are putting ourselves at risk in situations where we may need one…even the ability to hunt for food. We have a problem with death and destruction caused by thousands of people using a vehicle (a tool like a gun is a tool) with thousands of people morning those losses, and yet we do not try to solve that problem by banning vehicles. The last thing I would like to say is that my daughter and I waited 25 minutes for the police to arrive one day in answer to a break in by two men. We want the ability to protect ourselves should that ever happen again. We don't blame the police, they mostly come in after the incidents and tell someone else what happened. Sometimes they even are able to catch a criminal, but not as often as we would like.

  11. Matt Kaufmann says:

    Because, they can't refute his logic, Jason. They either throw out a red herring, name call or pull the race card. The same thing happens to Alfonzo Rachel.

  12. Matt Kaufmann says:

    Because, they can't refute his logic, Jason. They either throw out a red herring, name call or pull the race card. The same thing happens to Alfonzo Rachel.

  13. Pianki Bankole says:

    The young man is absolutely right. Blacks run from Gun violence carried out by Thugs, I ask where are the Black Men who should be protecting. Where are the Black Men who should be providing GUIDANCE and OPPOPRTUNITIES for these young Black Males long before they turn to Thug-Hood. I have a young Sibling who if Mr. Noir was giving Gun Useage Instructions I should be seeking out his business.

  14. Pianki Bankole says:

    Young Blacks need to Check These Old Head Blacks who already have drooped the ball and not left the Youth with anything to build off of.

  15. Damion Harris says:

    I don't trust any of you fuckers with guns.

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