North Philly native and Hip-Hop artist turned Second Amendment activist Maj Toure is a dynamo with no off switch.
He’s spread the gospel of personal responsibility, education and Second Amendment rights to 40 cities since he founded Black Guns Matter in 2015.
I interviewed him by phone Friday as he was preparing to host another class in Chicago, where he’s been for the past month.
“Things are wonderful. We’re excited about the class tomorrow. We’re expecting around 100 people,” he said. “It’s a smaller class than we’re used to, but Chicago isn’t exactly pro gun.”
The mission of Black Guns Matter is to “educate urban communities of their Second Amendment rights and responsibilities through firearm training and education.”
I asked Maj how this translated into his curriculum.
“Our message is about love, peace, respect, preparing for war but not wanting war. It’s holistic,” he said. “It can’t be just about a bunch of guys with guns. You have to address trauma and its mental aspects. You have to show love and support for people who are affected by violence.”
Maj excels at creating dialogue, and there’s nowhere that needs it more than Chicago. He plans to meet with church folk, politicians, gangsters, convicted felons and community members.
Some need very basic education, like the fact you need a concealed weapons permit to carry a firearm — after they obtain a Firearms Owner ID (FOID) card.
Wherever he goes, including Chicago, he finds common needs among his audience members.
“They need a general demystification of firearms,” he told me. “As far as the people who are not actively involved in shooting each other — they just need info. They need deescalation training and they need to know how to purchase a firearm.
“Also, a lot of people don’t know that the politicians have exempted themselves from the laws they push onto us,” he said. “We’re sharing that — that they’re projecting something onto us. When they learn that, they vote differently. We make them much more responsible and aware — more well-rounded citizens.”
His major challenge?
“It would be awesome if some rich person — like Oprah — would help,” he said.
We laughed a bit.
“Honestly,” he said. “If she could see what we’re doing — deescalating and saving lives — she might help.”
I’m not willing to wait for Oprah.
I think it’s time the gun community support Black Guns Matter — in a big way.
They are saving lives!
Click here to donate to their GoFundMe page.
As Maj says on his website: “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.”
Man, he’s right about that.