‘Gun control in America was started to stop black people from having the means to defend their life,’ points out Black Guns Matter founder Maj Toure.
The leader of a black gun rights organization challenged “racist” comments made by ABC/Disney’s The View co-host Joy Behar Wednesday, in which she suggested gun owners fear black people owning firearms.
“Once black people get guns in this country, the gun laws will change — Trust me,” Behar told guest co-host Lindsey Granger, who was arguing that not all AR-15 owners are crazed lunatics.
Behar was rebuffed by Maj Toure, the founder of the Black Guns Matter organization which offers free firearm safety lessons and training to black people in high crime environments, who called her comments “racist, ignorant and ill-informed.”
“First and foremost that is ignorant, it’s incorrect, it’s race-based, and it’s completely insensitive and disgusting,” Toure said in a video reply.
“To imply that black people in America – who have fought in every single war for this nation, for our great nation – don’t have firearms is a Freudian slip of a very racist practice… and that practice being gun control – all gun control is racist,” Toure said.
“Gun control in America was started to stop black people from having the means to defend their life.”
Toure went on to point out his group is currently training black people in Philadelphia on safe and responsible firearm ownership, and pointed out that goes “in alignment with the rich tradition and history that black Americans have had in regards to firearms: protecting themselves from white klansmen, corrupt portions of government, the Black Panthers protecting their community, so forth and so forth and so on.”
The Black Guns Matter founder went on to challenge The View to have him on to discuss the matter.
“I issue a challenge to The View and ABC to have someone such as myself, or myself on to discuss how wrong, hurtful, disrespectful… and just frankly ignorant those statements were,” he said.
“I also think that it’s important to note that when Whoopi Goldberg made some statements, she was immediately suspended,” he added.
“These statements are disrespectful to Black America, disrespectful to veterans, black veterans especially, and disrespectful to the unity that we would like to see in America.”
Behar’s comments were also roundly mocked on social media, where the general sentiment from conservatives was more black gun owners would actually be a positive for society.