This article may scare a lot of people. Not because it’s a pro-gun control article (it’s not. You are at the Prepared Gun Owners site, after all), but because many people associate rap music with gangs and a criminal lifestyle, and that means illegal and immoral uses of guns.
Of course, a lot of rap music glorifies the “gangster” lifestyle and the violence that goes with it, so you can understand where some people get these ideas.
But that isn’t what Michael Render, who raps under the moniker “Killer Mike,” is advocating when he says that blacks should embrace the Second Amendment (hat tip to here for the lead). Render writes,
In a recent interview on MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt,” Charlamagne tha God championed the Second Amendment and urged Black people to arm themselves. He urged Black people to legally purchase firearms, train, and be prepared to use them to defend themselves and their families. His remarks came following the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery who was killed by two vicious white men as he jogged in a Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood.
Charlamagne’s sentiment on guns is one that I have long held. It is one I repeat on a regular basis.
In fact, following Arbery’s death, I issued a statement urging Black people and people of color to take seriously their Second Amendment rights. I was urging people who look like me to take seriously shooting, training, and the protection of our rights. I put this statement out because the police cannot always get to you on time, and the world is not a just place. I also released these remarks because we cannot assume that everyone who wears a police uniform is just and fair. The high number of people killed by police (1,099 people were killed by police in 2019) proves my point.Photo: Mike Pont
Consequently, my message to Black people across the country is the same today as it was a year ago: the only person you can count on to protect yourself and your family is you. God gave you the right to use whatever tools are available to defend your rights. Nothing—including gun ownership—should be discarded. I encourage gun ownership to my wife, my son and daughters, your sons and daughters and all Black people. I wish the Black woman in Baltimore, Korey T. Johnson, who was recently chased and followed by a deranged brother, had a gun to protect herself. She found no safety at a hotel or from the police. My heart goes out to her and her running buddy.
Now, notice that Render specifically advocates that blacks “legally purchase firearms, train, and be prepared to use them to defend themselves and their families.” Render isn’t advocating people being “thugs” or “gangsters.” He isn’t talking about black gun owners initiating violence.
No, Render is advocating what everyday Americans have wanted since the founding of this country: the right to defend themselves and their families from aggression. Because the police can’t be everywhere and, sadly, not all police will defend everyone.
Render is simply saying what gun rights advocates have been saying for years: only you can defend your family, so you had better use every legal tool that you have available in case you are ever faced with that horrible situation.
The second amendment right is every AMERICANS CITIZEN Rights to own a guns! To protect yourself and your family! But it doesn’t give you the right to go on a shooting spread! These people and media need to stop lying to other to spread their HATE AND RACIST! NOBODY Deserve to be kill. But you can’t stop someone who in their mind think they can do whatever they want! God created all race! Man created evil!
“1,099 people were killed by police in 2019.” Assuming that that number is accurate, how many were blacks killed by white cops? How many of those shootings were justified? How many blacks were killed by non-cop blacks in 2019? How many cops were killed in 2019? Let’s get all the numbers and put them in context.
I am all for all non-criminal citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights. I think it would greatly reduce crime. But it seems to me that the areas most in need of armed citizens are the same ones where left-wing politicians have been in charge for decades and make it extremely difficult for citizens to exercise their rights. It also seems to me that these are the same areas where “police brutality” is said to be rampant. Since police are controlled and funded by local and state governments, and these problems have festered for decades, why do the people most adversely affected keep voting for the same type of political leaders?
Agree completely. Even in Chicago there have been reports of DGU by blacks with permit to carry. Not many but a few. Illinois needs to drop the FOID requirement and the special carry permit.
I live everything that he’s talking about. I train my family to be legal, and to prep them selves for unseen circumstances.
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