Leftist Black Women are Arming Up to Defend Themselves, But Have No Idea What (or Who) Actually Threatens Their Safety

Leftist Black Women are Arming Up to Defend Themselves, But Have No Idea What (or Who) Actually Threatens Their Safety

A new report from the Associated Press explored a growing trend among women of color: get a gun, learn to use it, protect yourself. Unfortunately, they fail to identify the biggest threat to their right to life and liberty— the left.

From the article:

Sitting in a classroom above a gun range, a woman hesitantly says she isn’t sure she could ever shoot and kill someone, even to protect herself. Couldn’t she just aim for their leg and try to maim them?

Her instructor says self-defense is not about killing someone, but is instead about eliminating a threat.

If the gun gets taken away by a bad guy, the instructor says, “I promise you they’re not going to be having any sympathy or going through the thought process you are.”

Gently she adds that if the student isn’t comfortable with the lethal potential of the gun, buying one might not be for her.

Marchelle Tigner, known to her students and others as “Tig,” is on a mission: To train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm. She had spent no time around guns before joining the National Guard. Now, as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn’t had.

”It’s important, especially for black women, to learn how to shoot,” Tigner said, noting that black women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence. “We need to learn how to defend ourselves.”
— Lisa Marie Pane, AP

Tigner's goal is admirable and it seems like she knows exactly what she's talking about. This is likely due to the fact that she has evidence to support her claims.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the growing gun-owner community supports getting armed for the right reasons. Phillip Smith, the founder of the National African American Gun Association, had this to say in the piece:

“I thought it would be the brothers joining,” Smith said. But instead, he found something surprising - more black women joining, most of them expressing concerns about living either alone or as single parents and wanting to protect themselves and their homes.

In recent months, he said politics also have emerged as a reason why he finds more blacks interested in becoming gun owners.

”Regardless of what side you’re on, in the fabric of society right now, there’s an undertone, a tension that you see that groups you saw on the fringes 20 years ago are now in the open,” he said. “It seems to me it’s very cool to be a racist right now, it’s in fashion, it’s a trend.”

This is asinine. While it may "seem" to Smith that being racist is cool, the fact remains that there's no evidence to support his claim— in fact, the evidence proves just the opposite. "Fringe" hate groups like the KKK (a Democratic organization by the way) and Neo-Nazis (aka socialists) have always openly proclaimed their views. Thanks to efforts by conservatives and Republicans, these groups have virtually zero power today and America has never been a more welcoming, accepting country.

What Smith doesn't seem to realize is that leftists are largely responsible for the divisiveness and issues affecting minority communities. After all, when was the last time a KKK member yelled for citizens to burn down a city?

On top of that, the shootings of black men and boys around the country have left Smith and others concerned that racism can make a black person a perceived threat, even when carrying a firearm legally. He and his organization take pains to coach members on what to do when stopped by police, but not everyone is comforted.

”It’s disheartening to think that you have everything in order: Your license to carry. You comply. You’re not breaking the law. You’re not doing anything wrong. And there’s a possibility you could be shot and killed,” said Laura Manning, a 50-year-old payroll specialist for ADP from Atlanta. “I’m not going to lie. I’m just afraid of being stopped whether I have my gun or not.”

Smith is so determined to find a racial narrative that he completely misses the main point of his contention— black, white, brown, yellow, purple, anyone with a firearm (legal or otherwise) could pose a potential threat. Color has nothing to do with it. The fact that Smith feels members of color need specialized coaching to deal with routine police encounters demonstrates his racism, not everyone else's.

The quote from Manning is similarly stupid. She references the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile where, again, race had zero influence on the outcome. Jeronimo Yanez gave this account of the incident:

[Castile] was sitting in the car, seat belted. I told him, ‘Can I see your license?’ And then, he told me he had a firearm. I told him not to reach for it and (sigh) when he went down to grab, I told him not to reach for it (clears throat) and then he kept it right there, and I told him to take his hands off of it, and then he (sigh) he had his, his grip a lot wider than a wallet .... And I don’t know where the gun was, he didn’t tell me where the f*cking gun was, and then it was just getting hinky, he gave, he was just staring ahead, and then I was getting f*cking nervous, and then I told him, I know I f*cking told him to get his fucking hand off his gun.
— Former Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, recounting the Philando Castile shooting

If someone (regardless of race) tells you they have a gun, then keeps reaching for their waistband, any reasonable person would perceive that as a threat.

Laura Manning, if you don't want to be stopped by police, here's a simple suggestion— don't break the law. If you believe that you have a higher chance of being stopped for simply 'driving while black,' you should know that studies have shown that blacks also violate traffic laws more often, resulting in a higher rate of traffic stops.

Finally, the article closed with this account:

Jonava Johnson, another student, says it took her a long time to decide to get a gun. For years she was afraid of them after an ex-boyfriend from high school threatened her and shot and killed her new boyfriend in front of her. She was just 17.

Flash forward about 30 years and her daughter was sexually assaulted in their home. At the time, she thought about getting a gun for protection but decided to get a guard dog instead. But she has since changed her mind.

”I think that’s the way it’s always been in the black community: It was never OK for us” to own a gun, said Johnson, 50. But now? “I hope I never have to kill anybody, but if it comes down to me or my children, they’re out.”

There's something about guns that for some reason causes logic to go right out the window. What if Jonava Johnson's boyfriend had been stabbed to death instead? Would she treat knives with the same reverent fear and avoid them for the next 30 years? Doubtful.

Guns are tools, period. They are not inherently good nor evil, and the nature of their usage depend solely upon the people wielding them. We need more responsibly-armed citizens of every color to stop those that would use guns to commit acts of evil.

The notion that blacks aren't supposed to own guns has always been a leftist position. Looking back through the history of the United States, it's always the liberals and Democrats that seek to disarm people with ridiculous laws that only emboldens criminals.

Even responsibly-armed citizens are still vulnerable if they cannot identify relevant threats to their safety. Conservatives will never ask Americans of any color to give up their right to self defense. Republicans will never demand restrictions on sales or magazine capacities. Until the people featured in this article realize this and other inconvenient truths, they will continue to be victims of the leftist machine.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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