By Jon Dougherty
During a question-and-answer session over the weekend at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Maj Toure, founder of “Black Guns Matter,” discussed a plan to turn inner cities red — politically speaking, of course.
â€œWe have to put more conservative principles in urban America,” Toure said during a discussion with National Rifle Association board member Willes Lee.
â€œWe go to where thereâ€™s high violence, high crime, high gun control, high â€˜slave mentalityâ€™ to be perfectly honest, and inform urban America about their human rights, as stated in the Second Amendment, to defend their life,” he said.
â€œUrban America has been left out of that conversation,â€ he added.
Democrats have run most of America’s major cities for decades, and the majority of voters in the large cities back the Democrat Party, despite obvious failures such as generational dependency on government handouts, high crime and murder rates, failing schools, and fewer opportunities.
Toure is a visionary not so much in that he believes the GOP’s future lies in capturing more urban voters but in actually taking the conservative message to the inner cities.
As a resident of North Philadelphia, Toure is very familiar with the mindset and challenges of inner-city communities. As a backer of the Second Amendment and conservative principles, he knows that GOP policies — especially the constitutional right of self-defense — can do a long way towards empowering those communities.
But conservatives can’t rest on their laurels, he noted.
â€œThe conservative room, has honestly, not done enough for urban America,â€ Toure said.
â€œItâ€™s just what it is. That doesnâ€™t mean thatâ€™s where we stay. That means we have to create liaisons â€¦ We have to do more in that regard and put more boots on the ground. If not, we can â€” and will â€” lose.â€
It doesn’t have to be that way, the Black Guns Matter founder noted, because the groundwork for spurring conservative voters has already been laid, so to speak.
â€œUrban America is conservative,â€ Toure said. â€œThey may lack the languaging to say, â€˜hey, I lock my door at night.â€™ Thatâ€™s a conservative principle. â€˜I donâ€™t want more and more government taking more and more of my money.â€™ Thatâ€™s conservative.
â€œThe conservative movement has failed where we have not created enough and supported enough urban liaisons. The Left has done an amazing job of convincing urban America that the conservative room is a Klan rally.
â€œThey donâ€™t trust you.â€
One way to bridge the gap between what inner-city residents think they know about conservatives is through gun rights education and training.
â€œThe success is when you have a 70-year-old woman, thatâ€™s never touched a firearm in her life before, saying, â€˜I now want to have the means to defend my life, not because the left told me that Donald Trump is the evil dude coming to get my life, but because she understands that sheâ€™s in the South Side of Chicago, and no oneâ€™s coming to help you.
â€œWe have to be responsible for our own liberties, defense, and our own freedoms.â€
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