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THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS IS FOR EVERYONE

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It’s a great thing to see that there were so many new gun owners who joined the Second Amendment community last year.

There were 8.5 million new gun owners, and the vast majority of them were African Americans.

As stated by Jim Curcuruto of the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women, who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year.

But unlike what the media would like you to believe, this is nothing new. The right to keep and bear arms is a long-held and sacred human right for those in the African American community. And African Americans exercising that right is a long-held tradition.

Newly freed African Americans used firearms as a way to protect themselves on their own property against racist bigots who wanted to terrorize, intimidate and, at times, kill them.

It’s not uncommon to hear African Americans today talk about their grandfathers or great grandfathers’ shotguns passed down through the generations. These were shotguns they would use to fight back against domestic terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan, an organization that began as a fervent gun control group.

Gun control is and has always been racist. It’s kept those most disadvantaged in society, disadvantaged. It has kept the most oppressed from being able to use the tools necessary to fight the oppressors.

It keeps people in most inner cities and beyond from being able to live with the peace of mind that if the unthinkable happens they have a way to level the playing field.

In 1956, Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to get a concealed carry permit after his home was bombed. But anti-gun Democrats denied his application then, and they’re still trying to deny people’s gun rights today.

This MLK Day, Gun Owners of America wants to reiterate our fight to preserve the human right to keep and bear arms for ALL.

Article by Antonia Okafor

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