The Second Amendment states for all. Every law-abiding citizen has the right to keep and bear arms. They don’t lose that right without due process of law. That’s how things are supposed to work in a free country.
Yet there are those who don’t see it that way. They think guns are meant for white folks and just white folks, and that the Second Amendment isn’t meant for black people.
And those who think that, at least, for the most part, aren’t white gun owners. You know, just for the record.
So again, we see a breathless report about how high numbers of black women are buying guns.
Last year, 5.4 million people bought a gun for the first time, according to a report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
While it was a decrease from 2020, there may be a new shift happening among the diversity of gun owners.
Last year, about 42% were female and a fifth of that population was Black, according to a national firearms study.
It’s a trend gun education groups Spectrum News 1 spoke to say is increasing.
The National African American Gun Association gained around half a million members since it started in 2019.
That’s growth Wooley sees in his classes too.
“It’s important for a young, Black, African woman like myself, as a single mother of two, to be able to protect yourself at all costs,” said Natalie Brooks, a student in Wooley’s class who is interested in gun ownership.
Brooks was one of two women in this class learning about making yourself less of a target and firearm safety.
Of course, one has to wonder why this is news.
Yes, black women are buying guns, which might be pertinent to the NSSF and the gun industry–knowing your customers means better targeting for your marketing efforts–but why on a mainstream news report?
Well, there’s a possibility that they’re just genuinely surprised and think their readers/viewers want to know about something like this, but I don’t think so.
You see, we rarely see pro-gun or even gun-neutral efforts from the media. They almost never happen outside of the op-ed page, if even then.
But we have heard for ages that if black people started buying guns, the right would start backing gun control. The people who say that truly believe that. They think that those of us on this side of the debate are just wanting to preserve our right to keep and bear arms, not that we believe guns are for all law-abiding citizens.
Now, to be fair, there are some who have given some hint that they feel that way, but they’re a distinct minority compared to the majority of gun rights activists.
Yet many on the anti-gun side of the debate don’t believe that. They think we’re all just racist SOBs waiting for an opportunity to switch to supporting gun control as soon as we see someone with a darker skin tone sporting a Glock on their hip.
So, we get news stories like this.
Of course, maybe I’m just cynical. Maybe the reporter really did just think it was an interesting story. I doubt it, though, and until the media starts showing a lot more neutrality where guns are concerned, I’m not about to change that doubt.