I’m a Black Gun Owner. Dettelbach as ATF Director Will Make Us Safer | Opinion

I'm a Black Gun Owner. Dettelbach as ATF Director Will Make Us Safer | Opinion

I’ve spent most of my life around guns. As an NRA-certified pistol instructor and Army Veteran, I’ve owned and used firearms for over 20 years. And as a Black father who has lost a son, I grieve with the countless families who have felt the toll that gun violence takes on our bodies and communities. I understand, more than most, how grave a threat guns are when they fall into the wrong hands. The intersection of these experiences has taught me that, equally important to passing common sense gun safety legislation, is enforcing the laws we have on the books. Too often, illegally trafficked guns are being used in and against Black communities, tearing our families and neighborhoods apart. After almost a decade without a permanent leader, President Joe Biden recently nominated Steve Dettelbach to be the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the government agency tasked with regulating the gun industry and cracking down on gun trafficking. Dettelbach is an experienced prosecutor and law enforcement leader who can take on violent crime, work hand in hand with local, state and federal law enforcement and provide the agency with leadership at a time when it’s desperately needed. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence has skyrocketed. In almost every major American city, gun violence is on the rise and communities of color are bearing the brunt of it. According to the Pew Research Center , there were 45,222 total gun deaths in […]

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