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Blacks Need to Recommit to

Second Amendment


By: Darwin Campbell
Author of column series “The Black Whisperer”

Ida B. Wells, the famed Black  journalist and anti-lynching crusader, wrote this in 1892.: “A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every Black  home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the White man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life.”

Given the state of dangerous affairs in relationships with Black  and police and the constant threat of Alt-Righters and White Supremacists making statements against the Black  community, now is the time to learn and reconsider using Second Amendment rights.

To date, we have trusted the police to protect and serve us, but with every shooting and death of Black  males and hate crimes reported against Black  children and families in neighborhoods, it is time for a change.

Blacks need some Peace-Loving Protection and something that can ease tension and ensure the protection and safety nowadays.


The Second Amendment

According to the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, it protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices.

Some of us see the tea leaves, but still others are far behind the eight ball, live low information and low participation lives and need to learn some history. It will cause you to think twice about protecting yourself now.

Whites have never wanted Blacks to own guns and history bears the truth and lays out facts about gun ownership.

Black  Americans have historically been the target of Black  codes and Jim Crow laws aimed at disarming them, according to noted gun enthusiast Philip Smith, founder of the National African American Gun Association.

“(Black) People feel like they don’t have a voice in the government and that the government is changed to a point where it doesn’t care about protecting them,” he said. “It cares about something else completely. So, when you have that, you’re going to have people losing confidence in police protection and losing confidence in their political structure and everything surrounding that.”


Historical Facts

That tradition emerged largely in the wake of the Civil War, when many of the approximately 200,000 Black  soldiers emerged from the war as free men toting their military issued guns. They also were granted the legal right to own and purchase weapons on the open market. But during the period after the Civil War known as Reconstruction, when free blacks began taking advantage of their newfound freedoms to participate in business, politics and governing, White supremacists and the former slave-owning class did everything possible to drive blacks as far back into slavery as possible. That included enacting local laws called Black  Codes aimed at not just stripping blacks of their freedoms, but their guns.

The effort to keep guns out of the hands of blacks continued well into the civil rights and Black  power eras of the 1960s.

A Black  man with a gun or known registered guns in the Black  community with Black  owners remains and is considered a real threat to White security in America.


Overt Friction & Dynamics Call for Drastic Changes

However, given the increased boldness of racists, police shootings and actions against Blacks, there is a need to protect our families and well-being of the community.

A 2015 study by researchers at the University of Illinois found that people will shoot at images of armed Black  men more quickly than images of armed men of other races, and take more time to decide not to shoot when presented with an image of an unarmed Black  man.

More recent data suggests Black  people are no more likely to be shot by an officer than White people, although cops are more likely to use other kinds of force against African Americans.

Journalist and Activist Ida B Wells made it clear that Black  men and women must send a clear message to society that the Second Amendment matters in Black  communities and that personal and family protection is a priority and a must.


Getting the Memo

As a result, the number of Black  Americans who own guns appears to be on the rise.

According to a 2014 Pew survey, 19 percent of Black  adults said they owned a gun, up from 15 percent in 2013. In another 2014 survey, 54 percent of Black  adults said they believed owning a gun makes people safer. Two years earlier, only 29 percent said so.


 Eye Opening Facts

America is a dangerous place for Black  people in 2017 and 911 calls for help are clearly and truly a joke in the Black  community.

Many African-Americans are simply feeling the need to protect themselves against threats and other violent crime.

It is time for us to reunite with and get excited about our Second Amendment rights and rise up to ensure our families, communities are safe and protected and make sure we can protect ourselves.

It is the kind of Peace Loving Protection (PLP) that will save lives, secure our neighborhoods, environment and help keep the peace.