Maj Toure, a gun rights advocate and founder of "Black Guns Matter," an organization that seeks to inform black and urban citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights, says he can halve inner city violence in cities like Chicago by giving people greater access to legal firearms.
Toure believes that guns ought to be associated with self-defense and civil rights instead of crime, and that a better understanding of gun laws and more educated, legal gun carriers would help reduce gun violence. "Clearly, gun legislation is not working. They have an extreme amount of gun control law and they still cracked 700 homicides last year," Toure said, referencing the city of Chicago, "So what we do is inform the people better [about guns and the Second Amendment] to cut down on that."
"A lot of times people in urban areas don't even associate the Second Amendment with the hood," Toure said.
"Black Guns Matter" at face value appears to be spiritually aligned with the earliest incarnation of the Black Panther Party, an organization that armed black citizens of Oakland, California in order to promote self-defense, ward off police brutality, and increase police accountability.
Andrew Patrick, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said the values of "Black Guns Matter" are problematic: "Our organization feels the best way to reduce gun violence, especially in cities, is to remove guns from potentially violent situations."