Black Lives Matter Sacramento founder wants gun training for Black community: ‘We need to be armed’

Black Lives Matter Sacramento founder wants gun training for Black community: 'We need to be armed'

A Black Lives Matter chapter in California launched an effort to get members trained in gun safety to protect themselves and their communities. "As Black folks, we have learned that we are running out of resources when it comes to being protected," the fundraiser launched by BLM Sacramento founder Tanya Faison reads. "Police are killing us. White nationalists are threatening us. The president is supporting the nationalists." The effort aims to raise $2,000 to send 10 people to get training, which includes how to hold, clean and safely store firearms. As protests continue over police brutality and racial injustice, Faison told KOVR-TV that gun safety education is not related to the demonstrations but is necessary in case of home invasions or attacks from White supremacists. Calls and messages to Black Lives Matter Sacramento were not returned. Gun sales have risen significantly this year as concerns over a surge in crime and riots have prompted many, including African Americans, to secure personal protection. The uptick in gun ownership could mean an increase in violence in the initial stages, said Alfred Titus Jr., an assistant professor and a former homicide detective with the New York Police Department. "In the beginning, there’s going to be a lot of aggressiveness because when people know that they have a gun, they’re less likely to back down or walk away from a situation," he told Fox News. He added that it is uncommon for African Americans to seek out firearms training compared to their White […]

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