How To Be An Urban Gun Owner
3 months ago
Black city dwellers are armed, too. Here are 5 ways to pack heat responsibly.
To search the web or watch TV, you might get the impression that gun owners are all white guys living out in the country or in the 'burbs. But there are plenty of black folks, city dwellers, who own guns, too -- and legally. We're not talking about the corner dealer with the illegal .9 mm.
According to the most recent Gallup polling and data kept by Gun Owners of America, a little more than a quarter of the black population -- 27 percent -- owned guns in 2010. So, as America's lawmakers gear up for battle over the rights of gun owners and those who want to be, blacks are among those concerned about what changes to the nation's gun laws could mean for them.
Karen Ford, an African American gun owner and medical professional in crime-ridden Detroit, decided to revisit gun owner safety classes she took two years ago taught by Rick Ector, an outspoken black member of the National Rifle Association and Detroit-area gun safety instructor.
“I would like [Rick] to show me the right types of guns I can now own,” Ford says. “I’m a 56-year-old female. I was really concerned about being in the house by myself. I left [Rick’s] class feeling cocky. I feel like it’s something that every woman should take.”
Despite recent tragedies propelling new gun control measures – especially last month's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. – Ford says she has concerns about urban crime that are just as valid as concerns raised about the random madmen who have been the perpetrators in recent mass shootings.
Ector says he couldn’t agree more.
“People who don’t live in urban areas may not be familiar with the environment that I’m in,” Ector says. “When we’re talking about areas like Detroit and Chicago, individuals should take advantage of their rights to arm and protect themselves.”
Ector, also the founder of Legally Armed in Detroit, offers the following five recommendations for city dwellers who own guns or are thinking about doing so:
1. Take a class.