Gun Rights Groups would Do Well to Legally Champion Black Gun Owner

So for standing her ground she will serve two years for Weapons – Felony Firearms/ Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)? (Michigan Department of Corrections)

U.S.A. – -( “A pregnant black woman is in prison for defending herself. Mainstream gun groups are silent,” Vox reported Friday. “She had a concealed carry permit. The gun wasn’t even loaded. Now she’s facing two years in prison.”

Reason had reported on this a few days earlier, explaining:

“Siwatu-Salama Ra is a 26-year-old black mother who watched in horror as an angry assailant—a neighbor with whom Ra had a dispute—deliberately crashed her vehicle into Ra’s car while Ra’s two-year-old daughter was playing inside. Ra removed her unloaded, legally purchased handgun from the glove box and brandished it, scaring the neighbor off.”

One of Jeff Cooper’s essential rules is all guns are always loaded, and leaving one unattended in the glove box invites trouble and tragedy. And using a gun believed to be unloaded may work as a bluff on occasion, but once the potential for a deadly force response has been introduced into a situation, the wielder had better pray that bluff isn’t called.

Fortunately, neither of those possibilities factored into Ra’s current woes.  But what she is facing is nonetheless unjust and unacceptable, especially in light of Michigan’s “stand your ground” law, and established gun owner rights groups ought to involve themselves in appeals. Which brings us to why Vox is really posting this article.

“Making matters worse, while Black Lives Matter and other left-leaning civil rights organizations have been publicizing Ra’s case and others like it, mainstream pro-gun groups, including the National Rifle Association, have been dispiritingly quiet about the incident,” Vox couldn’t resist pointing out.

Everybody sees what they’re doing here, right?

They don’t give a damn about the right to keep and bear arms, nor are they championing it to fellow”progressives” as the most egalitarian power-sharing arrangement yet devised. Vox has long been a leading cheerleader for a state monopoly of violence, with their resident Pajama Boy having called on Barack Obama to to “unilaterally ban all Americans from purchasing guns.” They’re just doing this to try and embarrass NRA, and to smear the Association and its members as racists who don’t care about the plight of non-whites.

In fact, it’s not “conservatives” doing their utmost to disarm urban minorities (and extend it to everyone in Everytown) – it’s “progressives” and their party of choice, the Democrats.  Michael Bloomberg went so far as to actually propose race-based gun restrictions – something Vox will never tell its readers about because it doesn’t help with the narrative they’re pushing.

That said, this seems the kind of civil and natural rights abuse stories NRA should champion, especially noting they have their own media group and they’ve made inroads and outreaches with spokesmen like Colion Noir. Add to that the case of Shaneen Allen, resolved “with the aid of untold numbers of Second Amendment supporters who ensured that these struggles did not go unnoticed.”

Gun owners and the groups they belong to should help, not because anti-gun leftists (who will always hate them) are playing “Gotcha!” but because it’s the right thing to do.

It’s a situation rich in opportunities, both to advance rights and to challenge minorities to consider why so many give kneejerk support to politicians who deny their rights and punish those who claim them.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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walter kelly

Even when the prosecution knows the police don’t and didn’t follow the Law correctly when pursuing a victimless crime, the prosecution will still enforce the law by manipulating the information to get a conviction. There truly is no justice in the criminal justice system, only numbers and more wins then losses, rather than just cases and unjust cases which are supposed to secure society and the people in it. Interestingly enough, if the criminal justice system continues to pursue and prosecute citizens who go above the minimum to abide by the Law in firearm related convictions, there won’t be a… Read more »

James Russell Bailey


I would really have enjoyed reading the actual core particulars, pertaining to not only the event, but the crime as it was referred to by the Court.

Specifically I mean the origin of the charges according to the PD, and the specifics language, from the da.

On the surface, it looks like this woman really does need some support. However, a lot more specifics are necessary prior to my being able to support her position.

Thank you David.

Cheers from Wyoming


My Grandson and I are both NRA members. This looks like an ideal case. WHERE’S THE NRA?

Christopher L DuBois

FYI Colion Noir has this on his FB page now. I sent PM to the NRA FB page. Call it FB advocacy if you will, but a good portion of the world is on FB/Twitter, etc…

Glen Williams

He should. I sent it to him weeks ago. As well as Dana Loesch.

Steve ala

Same thing happened to me when my wife and 2 children and i were attacked by a baseball bat wielding attacker…forced to draw my legally owned gun i was the only one arrested and was brought up on felony assault and everything else the cops could dream the end after going broke hiring the most expensive lawyer in town it got bargained down to continued without finding which they wont remove from my record despite prior to this never having even got a parking ticket…the judge said its due to the severity of the crime it cant be expunged…..what?defending… Read more »


Mass. is an excrement pit from the top of the heap to the civil servants who carry out the unconstitutional will of their handlers. Glad you got out. I was in the same situation in a Constitutional state and they dropped the charges at the DA level (but honestly you should never be charged for defending your life and family from a deadly threat) : you have my sympathy and regards.


“the judge said its due to the severity of the crime it cant be expunged”

Much worse than, say, driving drunk off a bridge and drowning an intern.

Dennis L Coates

Don’t give a dam about color, it is your choice to own a weapon or not. I support any and all American citizens right to carry, own, firearms and to USE in self defense. No exceptions, no excuses

Larry Brickey

OK, rich lawyers, who’s going to step up and help this woman?

Don Heater

Where is the NRA when you need them?


Why go through the trouble and expense of fighting it in court. Her neighbor can be convinced to change his testimony. The prosecutors and officers involved all have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Public officials who commit wrongs by blindly adhering to a law that is unjustly applied to a given situation deserve nothing less. The “just doing their job” defense is not a defense. Violating the Constitution has no defense.

Heed the Call-up

Her case was barely covered by any normal news organization I saw one story on MSN, essentially covering vox’s story, and I don’t consider vox a ligitimate site, and Detroit Free, another rag. The rest of the sites were all blogs, third-rate leftist rags, etc. The few facts on the case made it questionable that it was self-defense, and she was sentenced under a mandatory sentencing law for brandishing, which is how even she described it, though not in those words. She even had left her firearm unattended in her vehicle with her two year old. I don’t blame any… Read more »

Wild Bill

Ok, here are some more facts: “The problem is, Harvey filed her report first. And in Detroit, the first person to file a report gets to become the “victim” in a legal dispute. According to the Detroit Metro Times: During the trial, a DPD detective testified that the department considers the person who arrives at the police station first to be the victim, lawyers say. Thus, detectives were not allowed to speak to Ra directly. That wasn’t the only problem during Ra’s trial. First and foremost, the jury — which, according to one of Ra’s attorneys, Victoria Burton-Harris, was “very… Read more »

Roy D.

What she did is no longer illegal in Oklahoma.


?? What? If you refer to SB1212 (Constitutional Carry)… first, it has not yet been signed into law by Governor Fallin, and second, if signed it will not affect the anti-brandishing law in any way.

Roy D.

I am referring to the law passed last year, I believe, that made displaying a firearm without firing a shot, if you felt threatened, legal. Your turn.

Big Jim

Did this happen in Flint? Brandishing a weapon on your own property? I do this every other week? Maybe in the Wal Mart
or gas station parking lot. Brandishing is a real crime, please.

Chris Mallory

You point a weapon at someone in a threatening manner every other week?

Leo Smith

Ansel Hazen .. Because of Zealots like you.

Brian T.

Ra did not call the police FIRST after another person crashed a car into her car with Ra’s CHILD inside. WHY? Banishing an unloaded gun is a double bad idea. She is our political enemy on numerous other fronts. I want some answers before going to battle for her.


WHY did not Ra call the coppers first? Simple.. her DAUGHTER was inside the car that had been crashed into (assault with a deadly weapon, the driver of that other car was running back and forth as if she intended to crash into the car again…. and again… who KNOWS how badly hurt that little girl could have been?) My guess is being a good Mama, Ra’s FIRST order of business was to assure the safety of her daughter and calm her down after the traumatic experience of being in a car wreck. On what basis do you assert she… Read more »

Mark Zanghetti

Well Said! You have addressed the situation in a nutshell and as gun owners we should support her, even if she MAY hold some opinions or beliefs that we disagree with. By defending her rights, we are defending our own and maybe even those who will not see the light of freedom for many years in the future. We should not be in the situation of being accused of racism because we ignored a gun rights case due to the race or political beliefs of the person involved. Vox may have done the gun rights organizations a favor by publicizing… Read more »

John Dunlap

It could simply be a matter of which one got to their phone first. I am wondering why, after discovering that the neighbor had deliberately used her vehicle as a battering ram against another vehicle containing a child, a fact apparently not in dispute, the police did not immediately arrest the neighbor for assault with a deadly weapon, regardless of the charges against Ra. Something really is fishy about this story…

Jim Macklin

The only date I see is 03/02/2018 so I expect that nobody knows about this at the NRA or SAF. Kansas had to amend the state law on self-defense to make successful brandishing part of lawful self-defense and not an assault. Some courts had interpreted the law such that if you didn’t actual shoot the attacker you really weren’t in danger. It is very possible the a public defender doesn’t know enough to argue a “gun case” when the defendant is an honest person and innocent. Important rules are get a RO when there is a neighbor dispute to establish… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

Hard to poke the NRA without a list of emails and phone numbers. Why is this such a closely held secret?


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