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Millions of African Americans across the United States own guns, which seemed like news this week to “The View” co-host Joy Behar. Now some are speaking out after she suggested gun laws would quickly change ‘once black people get guns in this country’.
The left-wing gabfest remarks drew applause from the studio audience, but they sparked revulsion just about everywhere else.
“What she really shows is her complete lack of history of her own party’s racist legacy and her attempt to disarm not just all Americans, but African Americans in particular,” said TW Shannon , Republican Senate candidate from Oklahoma, to Fox News Digital. “We know that a big part of the NRA movement was to arm African Americans, to protect them from the Democrats who made up the KKK. So I think Joy Behar really owes African Americans an apology for that inflammatory comment.”
Gun owners frequently rant about the media being barely literate when it comes to guns and the Second Amendment, such as confusing semi-automatics with all “assault weapons”, or in this case, state bluntly that black people in the United States do not own guns.
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As recently as 2017, according to Pew, about a quarter of African Americans reported owning a gun, and data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that between 2019 and 2020 there was an increase in 58% of the number of African Americans buying guns.
Behar made his remarks in response this week to guest co-host Lindsey Granger telling the story of a black Connecticut man who built his own AR-15 rifle after a nearby home invasion. The most popular style of rifle in the United States, the AR-15 has long been on the radar of liberal gun control enthusiasts, such as Behar co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who addressed on camera last week and said, “I don’t want all your guns, I want this AR-15. I want it.
“I think Joy Behar is just ridiculous,” Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., told Fox News Digital. “I think his comments are stupid. They are just meant to sensationalize and get clicks. No one is going to change the gun laws if black people start owning guns. The truth is that a lot of black people own already have guns and they’re buying more guns because that’s what helps them feel safe in their communities, because there’s this radical leftist ideology that the police in America don’t do not work.”
It’s not just conservatives who are annoyed by Behar’s remarks.
“The idea that black people don’t and don’t have guns is both ignorant and racist,” said Liberal Gun Club spokeswoman Lara Smith, adding that “most, if not most totality of gun control tend to be racially motivated”.
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Major Touré, president of Black Guns Matter, responded directly to Behar’s comments in an Instagram video, saying they were “racist” and “ignorant”. He urged “The View” to bring someone on the show like him to publicly correct his remarks, and he reminded viewers that Whoopi Goldberg was promptly suspended after her widely criticized remarks about the Holocaust in February.
“It’s race-based, and it’s completely insensitive and disgusting,” he said, calling Behar’s comments a Freudian slip. “Gun control in America was started to prevent black people from having the means to defend their lives.”
Philip Smith, president of the National African American Gun Association, told MSNBC in April that “we’re not monolithic” when it comes to why black people own guns. He noted that 15,000 black women have joined his group since he founded it in 2015.
“Some people want to shoot competitively,” he said. “Some people want to have a self-defense strategy at home…Some people want to hide the carry when they leave their house. We’re not monolithic, and we’re very, very intuitive about what we want in the long run as it relates to firearms.”
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Bearing Arms editor Cam Edwards noted the importance of gun ownership for African Americans in the depths of the Jim Crow South to protect themselves.
“Black gun ownership and the struggle for civil rights have gone hand in hand, and I find it both woefully ignorant of history and grossly bigoted of Behar to assert that an increase of black gun ownership will lead to greater support for gun control. That may be true in his social circles, but it certainly isn’t among my friends and neighbors. who own guns,” he told Fox News Digital.
“The View” and other liberal shows and media were quick to call for sweeping gun reforms in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, to and from there. including confiscating weapons like the AR-15 and repealing the Second Amendment. .
With drastic measures like this impossible to pass with Democrats holding narrow majorities in Congress, frustration is growing with those who want to fight gun violence but see the press taking a one-sided stance.
“They don’t reflect the opinions of law-abiding gun owners. That’s the problem,” Donalds said. “They reflect a point of view that is widely shared in urban corridors where gun ownership is taboo… And so I think what we really found in this whole scenario is that the media do a terrible job of covering it up, because their view of the world when it comes to gun ownership is not ‘mainstream’.”
Shannon says fighting “woke media” was part of his job while leading Black Voices for Trump in 2020, and he’s now seeking the Republican nomination in Oklahoma’s special election primary this month to replace incumbent Sen. James Inhofe, R. He says not giving “a thumbs up” on the Second Amendment is a key part of his platform.
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“There is a reason our Constitution recognizes and guarantees the right to bear arms. It’s not to hunt. It’s to protect your family from an invading government and people who would like to harm you.” , did he declare. “That’s why this right exists. And it doesn’t come from the government. The right to bear arms is a God-given right, guaranteed by the Constitution.”
“The View” did not respond to a request for comment.