Murder is big business in Philadelphia. Last year, 280 corpses went to the morgue as either murder or non-negligent manslaughter. Law enforcement struggles to contain crime syndicates.
It’s a mess, but one man is trying to make a difference … in the most unusual way. His name is Maj Toure and he is 30 years old. Maj has organized a movement called Black Guns Matter — not affiliated with Black Lives Matter.
One Man Can Make a Difference
Maj is a gun owner and NRA member who wants to replace gun regulations, gun buybacks and anti-gun rhetoric with firearms training, education and concealed carry permits. In short, he’s our kind of man. With no outside support, Maj has taken his beliefs on a 13-city, inner-city tour, complete with free firearms training by certified instructors.
And what does he believe? That the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to American citizenship.
“Charlton Heston said it — you basically got to pry this out of my cold, dead hand. I’m not going down that way because we are citizens, Americans,” Toure says, bluntly. “We have the right to exercise the Second Amendment and anyone that’s trying to infringe on that is not only in violation of the Constitution, but they’re also just a dick.”
Maj believes there is a deliberate attempt to mislead people “in the hood,” in an effort to prevent them from owning guns. The preaching and political rhetoric that correlate increased regulation with increased safety is nothing more than political bait and switch.
“Gun control is a sham. It’s not about gun control. It’s about people control.” Toure says, “It’s about trying to convince people that somehow the government is going to be responsible for your safety. That’s the equivalent of saying, ‘Hey, we have fires. Take all of the fire extinguishers out of your home because if there’s a fire, the firemen will just come.’ No, we’re not doing it.”
Do you like this guy, yet? I do.
Education and Information for All
The well-publicized “gun buybacks” that politicians love are a sham, Toure says: “Gun buybacks just help the community feel a little bit safer but that doesn’t help. Feeling and facts are two different things.”
What does help, he says, is education and information.
“What we’re doing at Black Guns Matter is going into the grimiest places. I’m from North Philly which is always in the top whatever for murder,” Toure said. “Going into those neighborhoods and saying, ‘Hey, single mother of three that gets off at four in the morning, this is how you secure a firearm safely so you can still feel safe in your home and at the same time one of your children that’s 5 years old doesn’t get a hold of that firearm and harm themselves.’”
Toure believes, “Everybody in the hood should have a firearm because they’re citizens and that’s their Second Amendment right. They’re not prohibited people; they go to work every day.”
Toure understands the illegal segment of the gun owning population too, and the risk they take for their own version of the Second Amendment. He holds them up to be among the safest in the gun community out of a need for self-preservation. He equates them to those who drive without a license.
“They’re running a risk every time they get in their car just to feed their family, just to pay bills. They are the safest drivers that I know.” He continues, “They stop at every stop sign. They stop at every red light … That’s because they’ve trained themselves to be safer because they’re not the bad guy. I think that when you create something that’s illegal and just based on what you think it should be as opposed to not factoring the peoples’ needs and responses, of course they’re going to be the bad guys in your eyes because they are technically doing something illegal.”
You can learn more about Maj Toure and Black Guns Matter on Facebook. “Education, information, and proper training are what help. Ignoring it, trying to put the guns away, acting like this isn’t the case, pretending like this isn’t a serious issue, none of that shit helps. None of it helps. What we’re doing is what’s helping.”