Many believe that the last thing the city of Detroit needs is a gun activist. In a city that was once dubbed the “murder capital,” some argue that gun advocacy is not something that should be promoted when the city has made little progress with its violence problem.
But, Maj Toure, a gun rights evangelist and the founder of “Black Guns Matter,” brought his message to Detroit to make sure black gun owners know the laws and their rights. Toure sent the message that guns and freedom go hand in hand.
“When you have people that are armed, informed, safe responsible citizens, they maintain their destiny a little bit differently,” he said. “They don’t want to be controlled the same because they can defend the things they believe in.”
Toure’s journey as an activist began in his home town of north Philadelphia where he saw too many friends purchase legal guns but still get arrested on felony charges because they didn’t carry the guns in the proper manner because they were uninformed of the gun laws.
Toure says the information process should begin in the inner cities of this country and must ensure that the citizens fully understand gun safety, gun rights, gun laws and gun control.
“It’s based in racism,” Toure said. “All gun control laws are created out of emancipation. People of African descent in America became free; we need to come up with a separate set of rules for those people that were abused tremendously.”
Detroit reverends David Bullock and Charles Williams III have differing views on the Black Guns Matter movement.
“More guns means, more violence. More violence, more carnage,” Williams said. “We don’t need more carnage; we need more people who are protected by police.”
Bullock contested that arguement.
“Under this Trump era whether its violence in urban Detroit, urban Chicago, urban Flint or Dylan Roof’s friends and family program, black folks need to think about what it means to protect themselves if law enforcement can’t,” he said.