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Re: Firearms
« on: September 21, 2020, 02:38:56 pm »

Before he drove to the grocery store parking lot, Romeal Taylor did the same thing he's done every day this summer — he holstered his 9-millimeter handgun to the waistband of his gym shorts until he could feel it hug his right hip.

When he arrived at the store in north Minneapolis he spotted six other Black men, some in tactical gear, armed with Glock 23s and Smith & Wesson M&Ps.

I am worried about the emphasis on handguns. I hope these guys also own rifles.

They had come together for a meet-and-greet to introduce themselves to the community, marking one of the first public gatherings of the Minnesota Freedom Fighters.
Leslie Redmond, president of the Minneapolis National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, said she is happy the men are armed and wants them to grow as community leaders.

"These brothers were there in the beginning, when threats were being made by white supremacists," she said. "There is no doubt they stepped up for the community."

Taylor and other members view the group as a way to provide safety for peaceful protesters. But they also understand that Black men armed with legally registered guns are viewed differently by many in law enforcement and other parts of society than, say, white militia members who stormed state capitols waving their firearms without repercussions in recent months.

Nonetheless, he said, “We are like any other American.... We have the right to bear arms.”
At this point, 36% of white people nationwide own a gun, according to the Pew Research Center, compared with 24% of Black people.

This is not good enough. (Remember that "blacks" are only 10% of the population! 24% of 10% is just 2.4%!)

In a nearby suburb in 2016, Philando Castile, who had a licensed firearm, was killed by police during a traffic stop after he let an officer know that he had a legal weapon.

Think about this for a moment. Owning a firearm but not using it makes us less safe than not owning a firearm. It is USING firearms (e.g. to create no-go zones) that makes us safe, not owning them.