Our Second Amendment rights shall not be infringed. This Amendment is never really explained in the urban communities. I mean, yes we carry handguns as protection in urban areas, but do we understand what this Second Amendment was about? Do we look at it as an American right and privilege? Or do we more so look at it as the basic necessity of living in “the hood.” In a community where police officers do not respond in a timely manner to crimes, you definitely need other options. But it seems in the urban communities, the right to bear arms is not viewed as a “privilege“.
Typically, members of urban communities do not involve themselves in gun advocacy groups, which could provide many educational opportunities. When most of us hear NRA, we think of white guys in camouflage pants and baseball caps. The NRA is perceived as a racist lobbyist group, that has the money to fund or destroy any candidate they want. Black guys don’t belong with these groups… or so I was always told. These stereotypes have primed our minds for decades.
The black guy with the gun doesn’t have the same rights and privileges as the white guy with a gun. Or do we?
After going through a high-profile self-defense case that took over a year to be resolved, I experienced a “culture shock” from some unexpected allies who donated money for my defense. They re-educated me on the firearms and the gun laws. I learned that I was depriving myself of valuable information by not interacting with these gun groups. Things like Firearm Legal Protection was available to me, but I never even heard of it because I was not involved in the gun community. If you choose to bear arms, you need to be proactive in expanding your knowledge on the subject of firearms including safety, how to legally carry, and the legal ramifications of using your firearm.
In high crime areas, where legal gun ownership is a necessity, I have now dedicated my life to educating people on why they should embrace their Second Amendment right, not just as a necessity, but as an American entitlement.
Because of our mis-education , we don’t view the Bill of Rights as what they are, “the people’s rights.” When you attack those rights, the most vulnerable people will be affected. Urban America, we are those vulnerable people! But we have been taught that the firearm is the cause of the problems in our communities… not the broken families, not the broken schools, not the lack of capital. Instead of looking at the firearm as the problem, it should be viewed as the tool for personal defense and the only real checks and balances the people have against tyranny. Tyrannical government can be implemented by the strike of a pen in Congress, through police misconduct, and even prosecutor misconduct.
The firearm is a “tool” and if it gets in the wrong hands it can be deleterious, but so can the wrong person behind the wheel of a car. Does the gun make it easier to hurt someone? Sure! But with thousands of illegal guns floating around the urban areas, it makes no sense to restrict the legally trained “good guys” in these communities.
I pride myself on becoming an independent thinker. Taking life by the horns and creating my own legacy. If your dependency lies within the government, they will let you down. Study the laws on your own, read the Constitution, and review history so it won’t surprise you when it repeats itself. As the people, we must keep the power on our side. If we allow the government to keep the power on their side, we face incipient tyranny with no checks and balances. Human rights go first before anything else. Then American rights come next. Know your rights and protect them by any means necessary, because once those rights are taken away, the vulnerable will be affected.
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