Black Guns Matter To Hold Workshop In Chicago

Mike Krauser
May 18, 2018 - 11:05 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The founder of Black Guns Matter, hip hop artist and 2nd Amendment activist Maj Toure has moved to Chicago for a month and this Saturday is hosting a workshop on gun rights and gun safety in the black community.  

Toure said Black Guns Matter is focusing its attention where it’s needed most, following success in Philadelphia teaching people about their rights, about gun safety and things like conflict resolution. 

“We’re a firearms safety training and human rights organization that goes to urban areas across the country to inform people across the country in urban areas that the second amendment is for you, but these are the responsibilities that come along with it," he said. 

This is also a grass-roots political organization. 

“I think we gotta create a change and create a culture that says you can be a good guy that owns a firearm to protect your community, your loved ones, yourself, your friends and family, especially if you made silly mistakes when you were 19-, 20-, 21-years old," Toure said.

We're in a state, he said, where people are told their voice doesn’t count anymore, even after paying the debt to society. 

“I thank that there’s a deliberate attempt to make sure that, especially in urban America, to make sure that people are’t expressing themselves politically, socially, financially, and that is wrong. That is not freedom. That is actually not the American way," he said.

He’s touring the country, informing people in black communities about their rights and attempting to help non-violent felons get to the point where they can legally carry firearms.  

“We’re talking about people that, you know, in some states you can bounce a check over $300 and technically you’re a felon. Give the people a second chance at life as opposed to hamstringing them with a life sentence, not even just in the second amendment, but even voting locally. I mean, we’re in a state where we’re telling people their voice doesn’t count anymore, even after they’ve paid their debt to society, especially for non-violent felonies. That’s sounds kind of crazy to me.” 

He knows, he said, there would be fewer shootings in Chicago if there were more legal gun owners. 

It worked in Philadelphia, he said. 

“When the stats came out for 2016, Philadelphia had the lowest violent crime that it had had since 1979.  We did class after class after class, conflict resolution, deescalation, so absolutely I know that. That’s the reason why I’m putting our energy and our time where it’s needed the most, Chicago, the murder capitol.” 

Saturday’s event is at 2 p.m. the South Chicago library branch, 9055 S. Houston. 

A larger event is being held next month.