Black Guns Matter Founder to Speak in Jacksonville

“I personally believe that all gun control laws are racist, they are anti human and they are very unconstitutional,” said Maj Toure, the face of the Black Guns Matter movement.

Toure and his crew came to Jacksonville after many followers of the movement reached out to him after they heard he was in Miami the day prior. The event was held at the Embassy Suites near Jacksonville Bay Meadows. It ran from 3 to 6 p.m. and attendees had to register for the event due to the presence of firearms.

The event consisted of free firearm safety and training, as well as an informational meeting with Warren T. Channell, a lawyer who is familiar with Florida’s gun laws in addition to how to protect your rights if they ever came into question. Channell was chosen to speak at the event due to his involvement in the Florida Safety Council. The event ended with a firearms specialist and ex-cop who travelled from Orlando to brief the audience on how to handle a gun, what to do when one is pointed at you, and how to deescalate a situation without using a firearm.

“I don’t think there’s a black gun culture or a white gun culture, I think there’s an informed gun culture and an ignorant gun culture,” expressed Toure.

The ultimate goal of the movement is to educate and inform urban communities on their second amendment rights and responsibilities, but for Toure, it’s personal.

“Pain. You see too many of your friends with their heads open now because we were just hanging out and he had an issue with somebody else. There was no conflict resolution in my neighborhood, there was ‘when we see him we’re going to shoot him.’ You lose too many friends to that,” said Toure.

Thus began the 13-city tour. The Black Guns Matter group created a go-fund-me page to help them raise money to travel to cities along the east coast such as Philadelphia and Baltimore.

“Somebody yesterday made a $2,000 donation and I’ve never met this person before in my life. They want the work that we’re doing to continue to move forward,” said Toure.

Beginning in 2015, Black Guns Matter was just an idea. Since then, with the help of gracious donations and contributions to their movement, Toure and his group have been able to travel and spread their word to cities all over the east coast.

The next firearm safety and training event is scheduled to be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 17th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gun range on 542 N Percy Street.

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