For Black and Latino gun owners, being armed “evens the playing field”

For Black and Latino gun owners, being armed "evens the playing field"

Watch the CBSN Originals documentary “The New Pro-Gun Generation” in the video player above. It premieres on CBSN Sunday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. P.B. Gomez is a 23-year-old law student at the UC Berkeley School of Law interested in urban environmental justice policy. He’s also the founder of the Latino Rifle Association (LRA) , a politically progressive organization for Latino gun owners with left-leaning values who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights. “Gun culture in the United States is largely toxic, and it’s not welcoming,” said Gomez. And he believes gun rights are for everyone: “I don’t believe self defense, which is fundamentally about bodily autonomy, should be exclusive to people on the right politically.” The LRA website states membership is open to all racial groups so long as its mission and rules are respected. Since its formation in 2020, the LRA has attracted several hundred members across the U.S. “Our biggest supporters have actually been leftists, have been socialists, progressives. You sort of have to have a distrust of authority. The police and the government aren’t taking care of me, so I have to do things on my own,” Gomez explained. P.B. Gomez founded the Latino Rifle Association. CBS News Gomez told CBS News that the August 3, 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso pushed him to start the LRA. “[It was] just horrific. A white supremacist going into Walmart and mass-murdering people explicitly to try […]

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