This is one civil rights leader that will have the left up in arms.
Trying to break the stranglehold of the Democratic Party on the United States urban areas, the founder of the group Black Guns Matter told the Conservative Polical Action Conference last week that the key for conservatives to make gains in traditionally Democratic districts is to take the message to the streets.
And that means focusing on the right guaranteed under the Second Amendment.
“We have to put more conservative principles in urban America,” Maj Toure told National Rifle Association board member Willes Lee on Thursday during an on-stage CPAC interview.
“We go to where there’s high violence, high crime, high gun control, high ‘slave mentality’ to be perfectly honest, and inform urban America about their human rights, as stated in the Second Amendment, to defend their life.
“Urban America has been left out of that conversation,” he said.
Check out the interview here:
A resident of North Philadelphia, Toure knows something about the urban environment.
He knows about firearms. He might be familiar to viewers of NRA TV, where he’s made numerous appearance, and has been recognized with this group by the National Sports Foundation.
And he clearly knows something about politics.
Toure didn’t spare the feelings of the audience when it comes to politics. The left has demonized conservatives in the minds of minorities, of course, but Toure said the conservative movement has a responsibility to address that.
“The conservative room, has honestly, not done enough for urban America,” Toure said.
“It’s just what it is. That doesn’t mean that’s where we stay. That means we have to create liaisons … We have to do more in that regard and put more boots on the ground. If not, we can — and will — lose.”
Well, that’s not exactly a big news flash, considering the dominance of Democratic political machines in the countries urban areas. But it doesn’t have to be that way, Toure said.
“Urban America is conservative,” Toure said. “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.
“The conservative movement has failed where we have not created enough and supported enough urban liaisons. The left has done an amazing job of convincing urban America that the conservative room is a Klan rally.
“They don’t trust you.”
One way to build that trust would be for the gun rights movement to increase its outreach into the urban areas.
It’s one of the tragic ironies the left doesn’t ever want to admit, but the places in the country with the strictest gun control laws tend to be the very places where innocent people are most vulnerable to what the left calls “gun violence.”
(Conservatives just call that crime committed by criminals with guns.)
Toure said his 3-year-old group is working to change that.
“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.”
Of course that won’t happen overnight. And it won’t happen for free.
In what he called the “shameless plug” part of the interview, Toure made an appeal for donations from the CPAC audience — money to fund classes for firearms safety, education and training.
“The barriers to entry that the left has set for firearms ownership, and ownership in a responsible way, is primarily financial.
However much difference Toure’s CPAC appearance will mean to his organization’s coffers — and there’s no question it’s going to help — his message that gun rights can and should resonate with urban Americans is one conservatives should be pushing.
The National Rifle Association bills itself on its website as “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization” because of its defense of the Second Amendment.
With its usual corruption of the English language, the modern left has turned the defense of “civil rights” into the actual suppression of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution — freedom of speech, association, due process and, of course, the right to bear arms.
A group like Black Guns Matter, which can take a leftist issue like gun control and turn it against the Democratic Party in its deepest urban strongholds, could be on step toward breaking what Toure called the “high ‘slave mentality’” that has condemned millions of Americans to the control of Democratic political machines, is one way to restore the whole concept of “civil rights” to the way it was understood by the Founders.
Toure isn’t the kind of civil rights leader Democrats are used to, but it’s the kind of civil rights leadership that should give them nightmares.
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