Interview with Maj Toure, Founder Black Guns Matter
Maj Toure is the Founder of Black Guns Matter that was profiled in this Sparta Report Article.
Maj sat down for an interview with the Sparta Report to go into more detail about his organization and to answer some questions we had.
Our first question for Maj was “isn’t bringing more guns into the urban community going to to cause more harm?” Maj replied that “the second amendment is actually a means to reducing violence. When someone learns about guns, they come to respect the tool, and they have role models for understanding the power of the tool and how deescalation and conflict resolution can prevent its use in the wrong circumstances. The (legal) gun owners I know mostly talk like damn lawyers because they’re trained on their rights and their responsibilities. That’s what I’m bringing to the urban demographic.”
“The urban community has just as much of a God-given right to second amendment protection as any other citizen for all the same reasons y’all own guns.”
“The amount of knowledge in the urban community about guns is appalling. Urban youth are exposed to guns very early. They do not appreciate the power of the tool and the ramifications on their lives of having or using the tool illegally. They don’t understand safety as we see way too often where some child gets killed by a weapon that hasn’t been properly stored.”
What about all the black on black crime we read about? (His answer is NSFW).
What kind of support are you seeing from the NRA and other organizations? “Well, we’d like to see more, of course. There is an opportunity to totally change the dialog because, at least on the right to bear arms, we are all on the same side. Or at least we should be!
Do you recommend that people that take your courses form Neighborhood Watch Groups? “Damn straight! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And as they say, an armed society is a polite society.”
Maj will be speaking at SHOT Show in Las Vegas this January so we asked what was the message he wanted to deliver to the folks that produce and sell weapons for a living.
“We see right through the glitzy sales photos and we hate them If you’re going to sell to the urban community, you need optics that are true to the hood and that we relate to. The message of the 2nd Amendment resonates just as well if not better in the urban community. The trick is using the right optics, the right communication channels, and the right spokesman.”
Before SHOT Show, Maj is having one last training session of the year in Memphis.
Sat, December 16, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM CST
Ed Rice Community Center
2907 North Watkins Street
Memphis, TN 38127
If you’re so inclined, you can give Maj some money to help continue funding his efforts at https://www.gofundme.com/blackgunsmatter