I mentioned a number important election races around the country in my round up earlier today, but there’s one local election I wanted to focus on specifically as well. In Philadelphia, Maj Toure is running as a Libertarian for an at-large seat on the Philadelphia City Council, and he took a few minutes out of his busy Election Day to join me on Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. to talk about why he’s running and what he hopes to achieve if elected.
Toure is the founder of Black Guns Matter, and as you can imagine, he’s bringing a pro-Second Amendment sensibility to his campaign and touting the need for firearms education as well as a city that fosters the idea of responsible gun ownership, instead of viewing guns as taboo objects. He’s not a single issue campaigner, however, and we also talk about some of his other ideas, including legalizing cannabis in the city.
While Maj Toure is running as a Libertarian, there are two other candidates running for at-large seats that could push Philadelphia’s City Council, already Democrat-dominated, into the fringes of socialism. Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke are running on the Working Families Party ticket, and are hoping to knock off Republicans who currently hold two at-large seats reserved for minority parties.
Both Brooks and O’Rourke see their candidacies as part of a broader push to one day build a progressive majority on the city council, working together with progressive Democrats like Gym to advance priorities including tax reform, affordable housing, tenants’ rights, and continuing to expand rights for retail and service workers. Both candidates are endorsed by progressive groups like the Philadelphia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, Unite HERE Philadelphia, Make the Road Action in PA, and Sunrise Movement’s Philadelphia chapter.
While Kendra Brooks may have won the endorsements of Democratic Socialists, she actually hasn’t come out in favor of any new gun control laws. Instead, she says she wants to address “gun violence though community, not overpolicing.” Nicolas O’Rourke doesn’t mention gun control on his campaign website either, talking instead about turning Philadelphia into a sanctuary city and ending “stop and frisk” policies. Then again, neither of the candidates mention any sort of support for the right to keep and bear arms either.
Be sure to check out the full conversation with Maj above, and stick around for an armed citizen story from Philadelphia, story from our failing criminal justice system out of South Carolina, and a Chicago cop who stopped to save a life on his way to the finish line (and a marriage proposal). Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Townhall.com’s podcast page. Thanks as always for watching, listening, and sharing the show on Facebook and Twitter.