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Colorblind: Why African-Americans Keep Confusing Anti-Gunners



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The first thing you need to know about American “gun control” is that it began specifically to disarm freed Black slaves as part of the “Jim Crow” laws.

There has been no slavery in America for over 150 years, but you couldn’t prove that by listening to the words of today’s anti-gunners. They all love to pretend that restrictions on the Second Amendment don’t have their roots in the violent, ugly racism of the Restoration South … but they do. They all love to pretend that their wish list of gun restrictions and bans don’t have a disproportionate effect on African-Americans … but they do. They would also love to pretend that all African-Americans eagerly support gun control … but they don’t.

We have a word in English for assuming you know what an entire race of people thinks. We have a word in English for thinking that you know better than an entire race of people. We have a word in English for making rules that affect an entire race of people disproportionately. Gosh, it’s right on the tip of my tongue … it’ll come to me. In the meantime, anti-gunners are left scratching their heads as to why African-Americans won’t do as they’re told. And now, for the breakdown, we’re turning it over to Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation!


By Larry Keane

Policy makers are confounded. A recent report by The Hill showed that African Americans are the most directly impacted by what they call “gun violence.” At the same time, firearm purchases by African Americans rose steeply in recent years. Those two facts are not mutually exclusive and are linked in ways that gun control groups don’t want to admit.

In other words, it’s the crime, stupid. And African Americans are refusing to be willing victims to criminals that have no respect for life or law. They also won’t be victims to when elected officials put soft-on-crime policies ahead of protecting communities.

The Hill reported that a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll “found that Black adults were roughly twice as likely as white or Hispanic adults to report that they’ve had a family member killed by a gun, including by suicide, at 34 percent — compared to 17 and 18 percent of white and Hispanic adults.”

The poll further reported that a third of Black and Hispanic adults worry “daily” or “almost daily” about violent crime, compared to just 10 percent of white adults. Seventeen percent of Black adults surveyed said they don’t feel safe “at all” in their neighborhoods. Hispanic adults surveyed said the same at just nine percent and white adults at just two percent.

Root Causes

While some politicians seek to divide the nation along racial and ethnic lines, this survey reveals that safety is a primary concern for all Americans. The Hill report didn’t explore the reasons why African Americans and Hispanic Americans are worried about crime and lack of community safety. However, it doesn’t take much more digging to uncover those answers.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was trounced in her bid for re-election largely over concerns of rampant crime. San Francisco’s Mayor London Breed was roasted over her letter to federal authorities to assist the city’s police to gain a foothold against the crime wave victimizing her city. New York City saw record levels of felony crimes last year. Washington, D.C.’s crime is so out-of-control that the U.S. Congress blocked a crime reform bill that would have lowered penalties for violent crimes. Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares said Washington, D.C.’s crime explosion is pouring over the border and becoming a concern for Virginia.

These are all metro areas that embraced “defund the police” policies and soft-on-crime approaches by district attorneys funded by progressive antigun billionaire George Soros. Those calls were echoed by gun control groups.

Americans of all walks of life are concerned about their safety, especially in the midst of a crime wave that’s coupled with lax prosecution of crimes. When lawmakers reduced police presence in their communities and prosecutors refused to lock up criminals, it is easy to understand why African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans started buying firearms in record numbers to protect themselves.

Gun Ownership Increases

NSSF surveys of firearm retailers showed that African Americans purchased firearms in 2020 at a rate of 58 percent higher than 2019. Hispanic Americans, at the same time, were purchasing firearms at a 49 percent higher rate and Asian Americans at a 43 percent higher rate. That trend continued into 2021, where 60 percent of firearm retailers surveyed said the increased traffic from African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans remained the same. Nearly 45 percent of firearm retailers reported an increase of African American gun buyers in 2021 and Hispanic Americans were reportedly buying firearms at 37 percent higher rates, along with a 27 percent increase of Asian Americans.

NBC News reported on this increase of more minorities buying guns last year and the reasons why. Spoiler alert – it is because these Americans are concerned for their safety. Philip Smith, President of the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), told NBC News it is “an awakening.” The reasons, he added, were all rooted in personal safety.

“Having a gun is OK as long as it’s done in the right way,” Smith explained to NBC News. “We try to use a lot of images and imagery that really connects our people to good experiences and positive images for families, for husbands, for mothers, for kids. It’s something we should embrace and use that positive energy in a legal, law-abiding way.”

Americans, no matter their race, creed or color, have the right to protect themselves. Polls that show their elected officials are failing to deliver on promises of safe communities explain why lawful firearm ownership of these communities continues to grow.



  1. Robert

    May 5, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    For the good of our country we need to get rid of Soros, Bloomburg, and Sharpton.

  2. Grandpa Boomer

    April 21, 2023 at 11:47 am

    There is no color when it comes to an American’s rights. An American is an American. And yes, the ultimate goal for the progressives is total control. No guns, no rights, no freedom.

    • Jesse James Williams

      April 22, 2023 at 9:33 am

      The left only knows one thing divide and conquer

      • ARC ANGEL 911

        April 24, 2023 at 2:58 pm

        Why so Excited?

        You know,that the Evil & wicked will infiltrate the ranks, of the Good, among us!
        Gentlemen, plz. Don’t be triggered by them.
        We most all were brought up right!
        To respect & Love one another.

        This is what they Hate.

        He hates our unity!
        They hate that we live, sweat & bleed on the same soil where our ancestors built this dream of ours!
        Anyone whose ever had skin in the game knows, no one gives a shit who standing next to them taking hits, or patching a whole in their chest!
        We are all brothers.
        Because God says so!
        We’re not alone!
        God is Good, don’t let the POS among us, dictate the outcome!
        The Impossible can be done with the Lords Help & Few good Men!

        Peace on to all.
        I know a little long, but wtf.😏

    • Bemused Berserker

      May 5, 2023 at 11:35 am


  3. mg

    April 21, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Not surprise. I have noticed more and more black Americans at gunshows in that last 2 years than at any time in the last 30+ years I have been going to gunshots.

  4. John

    April 21, 2023 at 11:09 am

    I’d say Ted hit the nail right on the head.

    • John

      April 21, 2023 at 11:12 am

      I agree Big AL 45

  5. Ray Flaherty

    April 21, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Cool it, Gents, and let Ted’s message sink in. It’s NOT about color, it’s about C O N T R O L !!

  6. Big Al 45

    April 21, 2023 at 11:01 am

    And I see here that we are being as divisive as they want us to be.
    Way to go guys and gals, just play right into their Orwellian game.
    COLOR is NOT the issue, it’s about who wants to support our 2nd A rights, and who wants it to go away.
    THEY are of MANY races, but primarily of ONE Party, with ONE goal.
    To Control YOU, as completely as they can.
    ‘You will own nothing, and be happy” is their ultimate goal.
    So get real, and realize that a ‘race baiting’ argument on our side is a win for them.

  7. Buckminster Bruno

    April 21, 2023 at 9:18 am

    stupid fuckin niggers, it’s not whities fault.

    • BADCO

      April 21, 2023 at 9:55 am

      Hey dumbass cracker, I am a nigger with lots, lots of guns. Just like you, I stand for the 2nd Amendment. Why, because I want to be able to buy the same machine guns (I am class 3) that you motherfuckers are buying. See you on the battlefield.

      • Joe

        April 21, 2023 at 10:59 am

        Don’t put yaself down to his level, let him be an asshat and you hold ya head and ya family high, don’t let ignorant people’s opinions get ya mad, you know your better than he is. God bless be safe, shoot straight.


        April 21, 2023 at 10:51 pm

        I served 20 yrs in the Army, we lived together, we slept to together, we went on mission together, we parted together, our families socialized together and we only saw green.

      • Harell Coley

        April 22, 2023 at 3:00 pm

        Sounds like you’re a legend in your own mind. People like you feed prejudice as you fit every story that bigots tell. See you lying dead on the battlefield due to your racism.

    • Jesse James Williams

      April 22, 2023 at 9:31 am

      Hey Democrat your little game is not going to work here we know you’re a Democrat a socialist on top of it nice try no cigar idiot

  8. Ted

    April 21, 2023 at 9:09 am


    • mg

      April 21, 2023 at 11:27 am

      Roger That!

    • Bemused Berserker

      May 5, 2023 at 11:34 am

      A good friend, who happens to be Black, and I’ve been shooting together for close to 40 years. He approached me when we worked at the same employer, and asked for help in choosing his first gun. Took him to the range and let him try out my modest collection and then we went gun shopping together.
      He’s retired now too, but works part time at the very same local gun store I advised him to buy his first gun at.

      I used to help teach the free Safety Classes at our local gun range, until I moved a year ago. The last 3 years prior, we saw an increase in Black, Hispanic and women across the board First Time Gun Owners. We’s see 1 or 2 in each class before thar, but in 2018/2019 those numbers began creeping up. Now, more than half of the classes are Black, Hispanic and Women.

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