African Americans, Police and the 2nd Amendment

Demonstrators chant during a “Black Lives Matter” protest in front of the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 7, 2016. A Minneapolis area police officer fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop on Wednesday. Photo by Eric Miller/Reuters
Demonstrators chant during a “Black Lives Matter” protest in front of the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 7, 2016. A Minneapolis area police officer fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop on Wednesday. Photo by Eric Miller/Reuters
National African American Gun Association
National African American Gun Association

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- As one the fastest growing Civil Rights organizations focused on 2nd Amendment Rights for African Americans, National African American Gun Association (NAAG) would like to express support, love and prayers to the families of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

Both of these Americans were killed in the prime of their lives.

These senseless acts have struck a “raw nerve” in our community and have ignited discussions at dinner tables, Barbershops, and Churches across the Nation.

Additionally we want to recognize and pray for the heroic “Police Officers” and their families who were shot and killed in Dallas during a Peaceful protest.

We will continue to support and fight for the Rights of African Americans who want to have Firearms for personal defense as guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment.

Commentary by President of NAAG, Philip Smith……

To not talk about the issues of the past week as it relates to Gun Rights and Social justice would be irresponsible and against everything I believe in. The past week has been a very difficult one for our Country and especially for the African American Community. Typically the discussions in our monthly newsletter are light in nature and focused on the types of Guns, Conceal Carry options, members of the month, and general topics as it relates to firearms.

It is typically a lot of fun but this month I feel that we must side step our normal format and take a serious look and tone regarding the events that we all have seen.

African Americans just want to be respected and treated fairly. There needs to be a standard of behavior from all Law Enforcement Officers. Police asking questions in a calm and respectful manner goes a long way instead of jumping to conclusions and becoming overly aggressive based on stereotypes that have no connection to the actual reality or person you are speaking to. The names of unarmed Black men shot and killed in the USA is endless and a painful reminder to our community of a reality that we know all too well. The double standard that our community has endured for years has reached a “emotional line in the sand”.

It has to stop now ……….

To be fair 99% of Law Enforcement do a honorable job of Protecting and Serving everyday in a job that is very difficult and often times not appreciated by the larger society….Officers put their lives on the line as the Dallas Officers did when the shooting started. They serve and Protect with honor…it is a tough job and everyone understands that. The Nation needs “Good Police”…….But that other hidden 1% within Law Enforcement is causing great harm toward the African American community…they cause beatings , shootings, excessive incarceration, and the killing of Black men. The automatic “Over reaction with Blacks compared to Whites in the same situation has to stop. We also want “the benefit of the doubt“. Those officers not willing to comply need to be removed and identified by Law Enforcement Authorities and never be allowed to wear a “Badge” again…..If this can be done we will be taking a big step toward healing in our community and the beginning of building trust between Police and African Americans…

Quick Facts

“Over the past two years, blacks’ views on Guns have changed dramatically. Currently, 54% of blacks say gun ownership does more to protect people than endanger personal safety, nearly double the percentage saying this in December 2012 (29%) “

“Final total of people killed by Police in 2015 show a Death rate of young black men is five times higher than white men of the same age”

“Only 10 of the 102 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime, and only 2 of these deaths (Matthew Ajibade and Eric Harris) resulted in convictions of officers involved. Only 1 of 2 officers convicted for their involvement in Matthew Ajibade's death received jail time. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekends. Deputy Bates, who killed Eric Harris, will be sentenced later”

About National African American Gun Association (NAAGA):

The goal of the National African American Gun Association is to have every african american introduced to firearm use for home protection, competitive shooting, and outdoor recreational activities. We are a civil rights organization focused on self preservation of our community through armed protection and community building. The National African American Gun Association provides a network for all african american firearm owners, gun clubs and outdoor enthusiasts. We welcome people of all religious, social, and racial perspectives. We especially welcome african american members of law enforcement and active/retired military.

For more information, visit: www.naaga.co.

 

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    oldshooter

    I heartily agree with Mr. Smith that there needs to be a public discussion about this topic. However, the discussion needs to go well beyond a mere “airing of our feelings,” which by itself, will only aggravate the problem, and into the realm of identifying the exact nature of the problem, and then proposing specific possible solutions to it. Part of what is going on right now is that we are all reacting to our own, often very different, personal beliefs and “perceptions” of what is going on. It is going to be very important that we air not only… Read more »

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    oldshooter

    I think we DO need to have some serious public discussion of this topic, and it needs to include not only the personal PERCEPTIONS of people on all sides of the issue, but also unvarnished factual data. For example, when you cherry-pick data like comparing “young black men” with “whites of the same age,” you are usually comparing primarily black gang members with white non-gang members. Gangs are the main reason why a black male between 17 and 25 is 471 times more likely to die by murder, than a same age white male. If we drop out the age… Read more »

    Phantom Phlyer
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    Phantom Phlyer

    Thank you – that would be my next post. I, too, grew up in the 60’s. We have moved a long way. There is still may be a ways to go. However, you see what you look for and if you look for bias, discrimination,, etc. you WILL find it. We are very close to the era of diminishing returns in civil rights and we are now at the place where are in essence saying ‘we need more rights than others’ phase as you state. I am a Vietnam Veteran so I can relate to the discrimination and senseless bias… Read more »

    TheCyborgSlayer
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    TheCyborgSlayer

    Well, maybe they wouldn’t be the ones five times more likely to to be shot and killed if they weren’t the ones committing the majority of the crimes. Maybe you should add that to your ‘factual statistics’. Instead, you just keep the race division going.

    Junk Bin
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    Junk Bin

    I am a whot male and I find it normal and deplorable that the blacks insist tha my life does not matter but theirs do.
    until they chqnge their racist and bigoted attitude, the are arse out

    Pistol Pete
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    Pistol Pete

    We need to get the facts right 562 people have been killed by the Police in the last year only 136 of these were black 275 were white don’t remember the rest but that seams about double the blacks. The ratio or percentage may make the facts look different. The problems is blacks commit more gun crimes and the ages between 13 and 40 commit about 83 percent and if you factor in the difference in population numbers it looks even worse. I agree with Jacob M Opperman, lets get rid of these titles and all be Americans if you… Read more »

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    Produceguy

    I have to stop watching the news because of how mad I was getting. I’m white and I’m not racist by any means. Their is a war being raged against whites thou. Latino community thinks if we want anyone to come to our country the right way, you must be racist. Black community, well we all know what they think about whites.
    So who is the racist here. I’m a reformed redneck or demestacated one. Lol from Arkansas and I don’t feel their has been any racial tension between blacks and whites. Their is now

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Produceguy. People have been happy with advancing race relations. However the youngsters that do not remember when there was real dissention and prejudice think they are abused. People who were traitors and rioters are now honored in the history books. Heck people honored M. Ali as a hero. He was a draft dodger and loud mouthed lout. Reminds me of a Presidential candidate now.
    The young are going to be trouble.

    Phantom Phlyer
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    Phantom Phlyer

    I am not LMFAO nor am I contemplating a ‘race war.’ Let’s give this article some credit for its tone and its points. NAAGA – first I have heard about it. If you are fighting for 2A rights then ‘good on ya.’ I have to question some of the statistics in the piece I believe that they are faulty. Moreover we need to stop falling into the trap of comparing white vs black statistics. Statistics are useful tools but they automatically put us into discussions about the wrong things. We should be investigating whether each shooting is justified on its… Read more »

    James Kiser
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    James Kiser

    Very good comment.

    James Kiser
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    James Kiser

    Very good comment!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    A very good post.

    Larry Davis
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    Larry Davis

    Hillary and obama love the sh!t they’re stirring up between whites, blacks, and local law enforcement. While we fight amongst ourselves, they continue to socialize our country and strip us of our rights. A bonus for the federal elites will be for the uninformed to scream for a federalized police force.

    Phantom Phlyer
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    Phantom Phlyer

    We already have federalized police. FBI, Marshalls, etc. and yes the aim is to foment unrest to the point of large scale intervention. Watch for Homeland Security to get ‘mobilized.’ They have armored vehicles now. 🙁 This is all predictable from both Alinksy’s and Hitler’s rule books. Anyone who does not see what the elites are doing is ignorant of history and how power is usurped. This is all planned and the play book is very plain. We are in big time denial. The leftists are not unaware. The real dangers are both suspension of habeus corpus (martial law) and… Read more »

    Jacob M. Opperman
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    Jacob M. Opperman

    I am tired of hearing these terms, African American, Native American, Asian American, Indian American. I don’t care if you are red, white, yellow, black, or even green. If you were born in this country you are an American PERIOD. I feel that by people putting these stupid ass labels on each other and on them selves is part of the problem in this Great Country. We a Americans always will be Americans, and nothing but Americans unless you yourself say you are not. So lets get these idiotic label the hell out of our heads and just when we… Read more »

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Jacob I agree completely. People calling themselves by race is a major part of the problem. Most of us Americans are a blend anyway.
    If the inner city population wants to improve their plight, teach the children to get married before they make babies. Share the importance of male parenting as a role model to young men.

    Produceguy
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    Produceguy

    I agree also but the community’s will say to that is they are proud to be of color so stop trying to suppress them.