The Black Guns Matter tour made it’s second stop in Baltimore, MA over the weekend with an impressive 60-70 attendees at their event outside the Martin Luther King Community Center.
“We had an amazing turnout,” said Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter. “For these people to come out and connect with us and hear what we have to say, get involved in their community and learn how to become safe, responsible gun owners and pass that knowledge on to others is exactly what we were aiming to do through this 13 city tour we’ve laid out.”
Maj began the Black Guns Matter group to educate people in urban communities of not only their Second Amendment rights, but also to reinforce the responsibilities of being a gun owner through firearms training and education.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to take their efforts on the road with a 13 city tour to continue their outreach program -focusing primarily on inner-city youth- promoting safe and legal firearms knowledge, conflict resolution, and citizens’ right to self defense protected under the Second Amendment.
“It’s amazing to me how few people know about things like Project ChildSafe and the Eddie Eagle program,” Toure said. “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.”
Tim Montoya, a Second Amendment advocate active throughout Maryland who attended the event, said he was extremely impressed with the direct and frank manner Toure and Minista Jazz exhibited as hosts of the event.
“They featured everything from police relations in the urban/minority community, to reaching unexposed minority communities on their Second Amendment rights,” Montoya said. “I’m hoping that others who attended the event took away what I did – that even though we live in separate communities and our cultures may differ, that we can have common ground on exercising our God given rights and educating others on those same rights.”
One lightbulb moment for Montoya came from side discussions during the event.
“It became apparent to me that the inner city/urban community is at a great disadvantage when it comes to 2A issues and education,” he said. “with the minority community facing two major hurdles; the high percentage of fatherless homes, and an indoctrination of a “victim” mindset.”
“That’s what we’re trying to dispel,” Toure told me. “these kids growing up here don’t believe they can transform the hood to a place that’s vibrant and thriving. We want to encourage inner city youth to think bigger than the pigeon holes they’re told they’ll fit into and bridge the gap among themselves and increase community policing.”
Watch Cam Edwards interview Maj Toure about this event and more on the NRA News program Cam & Co: