A black gun rights activist argued during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week that conservatives en masse need to follow his lead and spend more time reaching out to and educating minorities about conservative principles.
Especially those conservative principles linked to the Second Amendment.
“We have to put more conservative principles in urban America,” Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, said in a CPAC interview with NRA board of directors member Willes Lee.
“So what our organization does is we go to where there’s high violence, high crime, high gun control, high slave mentalities, to be perfectly honest, and inform urban America about their human right, as stated in the Second Amendment, to defend their life.”
“Urban America has been left out of that conversation. … We have to do more in that regard and put more boots on the ground. If not, we can and will lose,” he added.
When asked by Lee what specifically urban America needs from conservatives, Toure replied by stating that most minorities are already conservative but just doesn’t realize it yet.
“They may lack the languaging to say, ‘Hey, I lock my door at night.’ That’s a conservative principle. ‘I don’t want more and more government taking more and more of my money.’ That’s conservative.”
But without liasons, members of the urban community will never realize it.
“The left has done an amazing job of convincing urban America that the conservative room is a Klan rally,” he explained. “They don’t trust you. Urban America does not trust you. What liaisons have you linked with that are already doing the work in urban America to highlight and spread our ideals of freedom? So that’s what urban America needs from the conservative community.”
Toure is friends with conservative activist Candace Owens of Turning Point USA. She too has been trying to educate urban communities about the benefits of conservationism versus liberalism.
— Maj Toure (@MAJTOURE) March 2, 2019
One way in which Toure helps is by hosting firearm training classes for those minorities, including children, interested in learning how to protect themselves from potential threats.
Watch below as a member of his team teaches a 15-year-old teen how to shoot:
Continuing his discussion at CPAC with Lee, the Black Guns Matter founder noted some of his organizations’ accomplishments: “The success is when you have a 70-year-old woman that’s never touched a firearm in her life before saying I now want to have the means to defend my life.”
“Not because the left told me that Donald Trump is the evil dude coming to get my life, but because she understands that she’s in the south side of Chicago, and no one’s coming to help you. We have to be responsible for our own liberties, defense and our own freedoms.”
Personal responsibility is also a conservative principle.
Black Guns Matter’s primary limiting factor, Toure continued, is funding. To continue educating and training minorities, his organization needs more money:
“By people donating and paying it forward, we can get people trained, support the businesses and trainers and education centers. Not only that, but conflict resolution, de-escalation, political education. These are the things that are our organization is about. All of that’s been paid for by the people.”
“Some of you rich billionaires in here …,” he briefly joked, before continuing, “If you want to support and pay it forward, that would be excellent. That’s what we need. It’s a showing that conservative principles are specifically supported and endorsed by urban America.”
Listen to the rest of the interview below:
To donate, check out Black Guns Matter’s GoFundMe page.
Speaking with Politico last Friday, Toure explained what motivated him to get involved in conservative activism: Seeing numerous friends get locked up for “avoidable gun possession charges.”
“Beyond gun control, he said his mission was to extend conservative values to urban communities, arguing that the blockbuster movie ‘Black Panther’ depicted conservative values in action in the fictional African land of Wakanda,” Politico reported.
“Think about it,” he said. “Border security; we’re working on our own thing; we don’t really bang with too many outsiders.”
Others have noted the same thing. In a column published after the release of “Black Panther” in early 2018, Breitbart’s John Nolte argued that the movie’s protagonist shares much in common with President Donald Trump, whereas the film’s antagonist share much in common with the grievance-mongering Marxists on the left.
When asked during another interview — this one with The Hill — whether conservatives are doing enough to educate minorities about their Second Amendment rights, Toure said, “I think they, on one level, they say they do. But my pushback to the conservative room is, talk is cheap.”
Conservatives on social media appear to agree with the points Toure made last week:
African-American guns rights activist Maj Toure says conservatives have to do a better job of appealing people in urban communities. https://t.co/hNQdbMqoab
— Go Trump (@GKeile) March 3, 2019
— Sprocket2008 (@sprocket2008) March 3, 2019
Our Republicans need to get off their butts, and show support for American values, like Trump does!!Protect our constitution!Black Matter founder says conservatives should reach out to potential allies in inner citieshttps://t.co/xkvvrdfMoX
— Isabelle Knight (@izzyknight2000) March 3, 2019
The problem in the “hood” is the same as it is in a lot of other places. The wrong people have the guns. That’s why what @MAJTOURE is doing is so important.
— Humanitarian (@BagofParts) March 2, 2019
Yes. Please arm yourselves. Ethnic background or creed are not important. We all have a right to arm ourselves.
— Simon Riley (@SimonRileyx) March 3, 2019
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