We’ll admit that it’s an interesting read: HuffPost interviewed 11 black gun owners for its piece, “Why Black People Own Guns.” We’d be curious to read the author’s similar take on why white people own guns — the results would probably look a lot alike.
Still, we just can’t get on board with Julia Craven’s thesis:
So what does black gun ownership mean in a country so determined to keep its black populace unarmed? Since the 2016 election, interest in firearms has supposedly ticked upward in the black community. Gun shops and clubs link the interest to a desire for self-protection against the white supremacists emboldened by President Donald Trump’s election.
“A country” so determined to keep its black populace unarmed? Really? Um, remind us again who is most determined to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens?
That said, people of all colors were taken aback by that headline.
Black people own guns because we are Americans and it’s our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. https://t.co/tuEcvfpnlq
— 🥀 (@MJStarLover) January 4, 2018
Duh. More than 50,000 well-deserved likes for that tweet.
We really doing this today ? https://t.co/W6eoSX8a1c
— Another Nigga With Waves™ (@JayGottFans) January 3, 2018
The question is why don't more black people LEGALLY own guns…?
We're Americans and it's apart of our second amendment. Black people have the same right to protect our families, homes, and communities as any other communities. https://t.co/iidwWlkGYa
— 💣🔌 (@LvckyLefty__) January 3, 2018
Maybe the same reason white people own them? Maybe because the second amendment allows them to? Maybe we shouldn’t make everything a racial issue? Maybe stop creating divisions? https://t.co/moxXy581ao
— ken m (@QPastura) January 4, 2018
Our Second Amendment rights aren’t tentative on race but go ahead HuffPo, act like it’s divisive https://t.co/iyDQ7tJdgq
— Lauren Dooley (@LaurenDoooley) January 5, 2018
— Þe Political Hat (@ThePoliticalHat) January 5, 2018
The same reasons non-black people own them, I suspect. https://t.co/HJlJGrjo1y
— Bohemio (@El__Bohemio) January 5, 2018
I'm assuming for the same reason white people own guns…for protection… but that's just an educated guess. https://t.co/8gFBR73wag
— K✨ (@_DulceDeLeche__) January 4, 2018
I assume they own guns for the same reason white people own guns.
Hunting werewolves. https://t.co/AFSs8rZ6sn
— Crossbowman (@BoraxCross) January 5, 2018
because they are free & sovereign individuals with a natural right to self preservation. https://t.co/rBQqf68lol
— lancer (@aguyfromtx) January 5, 2018
Black people own guns because they are Americans and the 2nd amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms. https://t.co/ypE1VVmvJ7
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 4, 2018
Because it's their right to own one, Why is that even a question? https://t.co/BdM4EphiUS
— Patrick Smith (@pat_smith73) January 4, 2018
When you're so woke that you question why the Constitution applies to non-whites also. https://t.co/PhicUWK88X
— Kab (@solebrotherkab) January 5, 2018
Because of the 2nd amendment. Why does your page exist is a better question. https://t.co/HTgozN4x4w
— Bill Ward (@flightmaster110) January 5, 2018
Because it's their fuckin' constitutional right to own guns. https://t.co/Ah63h9sF80
— PeterNewJersey (@dontcallmepoc) January 5, 2018
They own guns because the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution gives all citizens the right to bear arms. https://t.co/g3QHKvXAeu
— Sam Roberts (@RealSamRoberts) January 4, 2018
Because they can. https://t.co/YA8m3gz60k
— JWF (@JammieWF) January 5, 2018
Because it’s a right & we want to, next question https://t.co/6epTMkVp3l
— 👑King Ashy👑™️ (@HardOnDaHoez00) January 3, 2018
Why *don't more* Black people own guns? https://t.co/arzgNm6uys
— Free Black Man (@Delo_Taylor) January 4, 2018
The real story is why aren’t more African Americans legal gun owners… https://t.co/CCemJMpdZw
— Brandon U. Johnson (@brandonujohnson) January 5, 2018
“As much as America loves her guns, she has never liked the idea of seeing them in black hands”…….
— Will. Power (@KIR_bigg50) January 4, 2018