Halfway through an aggressive grassroots-funded 13-city tour, Black Guns Matter founder Maj Toure says so far, the group’s message has been well-received.
“It’s not to train idiots how to be better shooters,” Toure said. “That’s not what we’re here for. We are not anti-law enforcement. We are a justice education, inform-the-community organization.”
The tour, which has already made stops into the inner cities of Chicago and Baltimore, aims to blanket urban areas with information on gun laws and the Second Amendment, encourage firearms training and highlight the importance of being a “legally armed, legally responsible” gun owner.
Toure said in his experience, people in urban areas are substantially less informed about gun safety and gun laws.
“Tens of millions of people have been left out of that conversation,” Toure said. “You can’t make an informed decision about whether you want to carry a gun or not if you don’t have the information.”
“I have too many friends doing too many years in jail, not because they were violent felons, but because they didn’t know the rules. They didn’t know the law.”
“My job is to inform people about an actual thing that can save their life,” he said. “I’m losing friends to (illegal gun possession) and to murder. You have to do something or you’re just bitching.”
Toure also works to highlight the importance of gun safety and educational programs for gun owners with children in the home.
“It’s amazing to me how few people know about things like Project ChildSafe and the Eddie Eagle Program,” Toure said following the Black Guns Matter event in Baltimore, MD. “So many resources out there for gun owners to access in order to keep exercising their gun rights while. at the same time, making sure their kids and families stay safe as well.”
The Black Guns Matter team is heading to Massachusetts this weekend where they will be hosting an event in Springfield, MA tomorrow, Friday, December 16, 2016 beginning at 6:30pm at the Marriott Hotel.
From there, Toure and his team will head to Boston for an event at the Lower Mills Lodge on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 3:30-6:30pm.
The events, which are both open to the public, are also free of charge. Anyone in the Springfield and Boston areas interested in learning more about gun laws, becoming responsibly armed or Second Amendment rights are encouraged to attend!