Blacks respond to crime, shootings and racism by buying guns

Blacks respond to crime, shootings and racism by buying guns

Instructor Dannielle Dupree, a nurse and founder of the all-female gun club Defensive Unicorns, shows a novice shooter how to aim her weapon during a shooting event on Juneteenth at a range in Lebanon County, Pa. — Photos courtesy of Train 2 Fight Instructor Byron Franklin explains proper pistol use to members of Train 2 Fight gun club during the target practice. —Train 2 Fight photo Essence, who preferred not to use her full name, was reluctant to talk as she descended the steps of the Gun Range on Percy Street in North Philadelphia. The whap, whap, whap of gunfire reverberated in the hallway as she walked down the long flight of stairs and onto the street. She and her male companion had just exited the Gun Range, where paying customers sharpen their shooting skills. Behind a bulletproof glass, a fusillade of bullets from a wide range of rifles, revolvers and pistols explode out of muzzles and rip into paper targets. “I’m torn,” Essence said as she stopped for a quick chat. “I know that guns are killing us. Blacks are shooting each other. But I need a gun to protect myself and my family. I’m forced into a corner.” Essence posed a question that a growing number of Blacks in Philadelphia and the nation are asking and answering the same way she did: They’re buying guns. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, gun sales among Black men and women increased by 58% in the first six months […]

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