While African-Americans are typically associated with liberal political views, this may be changing when it comes to guns. In light of incidents like the recent shooting in Charleston, many in the black community now feel that they can no longer rely on the police for their protection.
With support for gun ownership on the rise among African-Americans, we could see a shift in the general population towards favoring less restrictive gun policies. And, we may even see a shift towards greater preparedness.
That’s right, even the police chief in Detroit had changed his tune about people arming themselves.
“It was a well-known fact here in Detroit,” he explained. “People didn’t have a lot of confidence that when they dialed 911, that the police were going to show up. In fact, we know they didn’t.”
According the Pew Research Center, 54% of African Americans now view gun ownership as a good thing.
When asked specifically, those surveyed said that owning a gun was more likely to result protection than harm.
Just two years ago that was at 29%.
But many in the community say that it African Americans are being “hunted” and that “self-defense is the only defense.”
Have you noticed any changes in your community’s view on gun ownership? Let us know in the comments.