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Minority Gun Owners Face Balancing Act, Weighing Isolation and Stigma of Violence
NY Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | TANZINA VEGA

Posted on 06/15/2014 5:08:28 AM PDT by Pharmboy

INDIANAPOLIS — Standing in a small booth surrounded by displays for rifles, pistols, holsters and other firearm accouterments, the Rev. Kenn Blanchard signed copies of his book “Black Man With a Gun: Reloaded.” Amid the sea of thousands of white faces that descended on this city for the National Rifle Association convention in late April, Mr. Blanchard, an N.R.A. member since 1991, offered his reasoning for why he was one of the few black visitors.

“We still culturally have a fear that we’re going to be that lone guy out, and you don’t want to be the lone guy out,” he said, estimating that one in 100 people at the convention was black. “The exposed nail gets hammered.”

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At a time when gun issues are volatile nationally and sales are increasing, minority gun owners — whether black, Asian or Latino — may feel that their weighing of the practical pros and cons of gun ownership comes up against the conservatism and unyielding stances of the N.R.A. and some other gun advocates. Mr. Blanchard said it could be a difficult balancing act.

Blacks are less likely than whites to own a gun. snip

Chuck Gueno Jr., 57, an African-American retired Marine at the convention who likes to shoot competitively, said the N.R.A. had “a stigma of being the good old boys, and people of color might be a little intimidated.” snip

“The reality is self-defense, and the firearm played a key role in the freeing of the slaves,” Sheriff Clarke said. “So what I’ve seen as my role is just to re-engage the black community with their history and let them figure it out for themselves. But right now they are being fed a lot of propaganda.” [emphasis added]

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; banglist; guns; nra; nytimes
Hard to believe, but the NY Times published this story --a story that is not negative about guns. Wow.
1 posted on 06/15/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

My cynical self says: The NYT thinks a race war is coming and worries that their side is not well-armed.


2 posted on 06/15/2014 5:11:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Pharmboy

Armed citizens (primarily black) with guns and a black police chief supporting it is what is driving the Detroit crime rate down so fast.

After you shoot enough of them, the thugs find a safer way to get by.


3 posted on 06/15/2014 5:13:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Pharmboy

I won’t even read it. NY Slimes has zero creds. Their motivations are always suspect.


4 posted on 06/15/2014 5:19:07 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Pharmboy

I work with a lot of black gun owners. Funny, none of them have shot me yet.

I don’t see what the big deal is. Sorry NY Times.


5 posted on 06/15/2014 5:22:54 AM PDT by BobL
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To: ClearCase_guy
My cynical self says: The NYT thinks a race war is coming and worries that their side is not well-armed.

My cynical self says you are right. I have come to the conclusion that the gun grabber movement had an element of "dis-arm whitey" in its lunatic ranks.

6 posted on 06/15/2014 5:23:25 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: Pharmboy

7 posted on 06/15/2014 5:25:42 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Pharmboy
By all means, good law abiding black people should arm themselves.
Self defense is good, being able to protect yourself and your family is a good thing. For all demographics.
The problem is not the gun or the race of the owner, it's how it's used and why.
Crime or defense. Not really hard to see the difference.
Libs always seem to miss that point, to them the mere existence of a gun or a black gun owner is a sign of violence, stigma and a potential for problems.
Why isn't that considered racist?
NYT claims to be a champion of blacks but in reality they don't trust them. It's just lip service.

8 posted on 06/15/2014 5:30:24 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: cripplecreek

Wait just a tick. I thought the NRA was full of racist white rednecks. At least that’s what the MSM keeps telling me.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 5:32:21 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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Paris Ainsworth shot 4 times and still returned fire, hitting 2 of 3 assailants.

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Rick Ector or Rick's firearms academe, the go to guy for firearms training and knowledge on firearms rights in Detroit.

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Police chief James Craig has a great story about his journey from a typical anti 2nd amendment LA cop to a strong supporter of armed citizens.

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10 posted on 06/15/2014 5:45:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Pharmboy

Bump


11 posted on 06/15/2014 5:45:55 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Pharmboy
"Blacks are less likely than whites to own a gun.

Middle-class blacks, perhaps. Underclass thugs have a high possession rate, it seems.

I think it's more accurate to say that blacks are less likely to admit to gun ownership to random pollsters.

12 posted on 06/15/2014 5:47:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Lurker

That is also what this article said. We know that the NRA would not have the financial clout it has without a well heeled membership. Some of those members have firearms that are pieces of art and they run in six figures. I’ll bet that a very large number of liberals have them in their safes. That old “good ole boy” dog won’t hunt. That is not to say that good ole boys don’t hunt and God bless em, they do have guns.


13 posted on 06/15/2014 5:51:16 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: Pharmboy

It is negative, just in a way that is via a different direction than we normally see from the MSM.

Why is everything about race with the media? It boggles my mind. I look at Kenn Blanchard and think, wow another person who gets the truth, and he happens to be black. They look at Kenn Blanchard and are puzzled why a black man thinks this way.

But recall how the media treats people who are black. And it starts with the word itself.

When Nobel Prize winning poet Tony Morrison can write an October 1988 New Yorker article titled “Clinton as the first black president”, then what is “black”? When the NAACP calls the black conservative Kenneth Gladney, “not black enough”, and “not a brother” then what is “black”? When Time magazine’s Jack White calls Supreme Court Justice Thomas, “the scariest of all the hobgoblins”, saying “Washington seems to be filled with white men who make black people uneasy”, than what is “black”?

And when Obama, a man whose mother is Caucasian, and whose father was one eighth African Negro but majority Arab, can tell us in his autobiography that in his youth he struggled with his racial identity before *deciding* to be black, what is “black”?

As these expressions of “black” pile up in the mind of the public, more and more will wake up to this truth: liberals demand that people who are not white must be red. Someone who is really black is a traitor or a freak when they are not red.


14 posted on 06/15/2014 5:57:24 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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“The reality is self-defense, and the firearm played a key role in the freeing of the slaves,” Sheriff Clarke said. “So what I’ve seen as my role is just to re-engage the black community with their history and let them figure it out for themselves. But right now they are being fed a lot of propaganda.”


15 posted on 06/15/2014 6:20:45 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: cripplecreek

So why can’t Chicago see Dtroit’s results and maybe take it as a lesson?


16 posted on 06/15/2014 6:32:28 AM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: umgud

One issue is the fact that Michigan gun laws are pretty much universal across the state and override local laws and ordinances. There isn’t a city or town in Michigan where open and concealed carry are illegal.

I don’t know Illinois law but it looks like Chicago has a fair amount of autonomy on the issue.


17 posted on 06/15/2014 7:11:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Vaquero
". . . to protect Klansmen from their victims."

So true. YEARS ago, when the Black Panthers started up and before they became politicized, I read about a cool thing they did that points up that statement.

There was a small town in the South where some white trash in their own "hoodies" would go around black neighborhoods, setting up a cross on their lawn and setting it afire. When the local law wouldn't do anything, some guys calling themselves Black Panthers armed up, piled in a car, and started following any carload of whites who entered their neighborhood at night. One BP reported that the white guys kept nervously looking over their shoulders and after cruising around, left the area.

Once in a while some of this white trash was able to slip through and set up a burning cross, only they had to use a wooden "X" support (similar to a Christmas tree), dash out of the car, plop it on the lawn, set it alight and haul out of there. Reduced to using a Christmas tree support and then running away? Frigging hilarious! As more and more of the neighborhood started to feel empowered and began patrolling their areas, even that pathetic attempt stopped.

In a separate instance, a black friend told me that when a local Klan held an outdoor rally at some park, he and a bunch of his friends held a big barbecue nearby and made no secret that they were armed. The rally didn't last long.

18 posted on 06/15/2014 7:32:10 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Pharmboy

Blacks are less likely than whites to own a gun. snip

maybe law abiding american blacks are less likely to own firearms, BUGs (Black Urban Gangsta) are a different matter.


19 posted on 06/15/2014 8:15:02 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Vaquero

Ooh that’s a good one. That’ll leave a scar on liberals.


20 posted on 06/15/2014 8:38:26 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Pharmboy

Gun rights tend to be a conservative/ republican issue.

Most blacks vote democrat.


21 posted on 06/15/2014 9:24:19 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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“a stigma of being the good old boys, and people of color might be a little intimidated.” snip

Blah blah blah. Sounds ‘racist’ to me.


22 posted on 06/15/2014 9:27:58 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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But if you're black, a gun owner, NRA member, republican or hang-out with white people, you'll be called an Uncle Tom.
23 posted on 06/15/2014 9:28:50 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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An armed And dangerous Tom.


24 posted on 06/15/2014 9:56:30 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Post o’ the day!


25 posted on 06/15/2014 11:01:55 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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