First, The Reasons I’m Even Writing this Article
I’m a black gun owner who has been an NRA member for about as long as I’ve owned guns. During that time I’ve experienced exactly 0 instances of racism from NRA members, and have found them to be kind, helpful, and all around good people. Sadly, some people seem to think that the NRA and its members are racist. For example, I‘ve noticed an increasing number of people arriving at LearnAboutGuns.com after searching on Google for terms such as “NRA position on African American”, “black people NRA”, “racist NRA”, etc. I already wrote one article addressing the non-existence of racial problems at Chicago area gun stores, but it seems that it is time for this African American gun owner and NRA member to write another article addressing (the lack of) racism insofar as the NRA and gun owners in general are concerned:
The NRA’s Lack of Racism
Bluntly put, the NRA is not a racist organization, but instead one of the oldest civil rights groups in the USA. The NRA is a national organization with millions of members, and is dedicated to firearms training and the defense of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. There are NRA members of every race, religion, country of origin, etc. The NRA does not promote or condone racism, as it is comprised of reasonable people. Also, from a practical matter, it should be obvious that the NRA would not support racism, as to do so would give the anti gun lobby ammunition in their propaganda war, while simultaneously costing the NRA the support of reasonable people. Instead, the NRA has a proven track record of standing up for the rights of minorities. Many of the African American gun owners on the Black Gun Owners forum are NRA members.
Other Gun Associations Lack of Racism
The same statements about the non-racism of the NRA apply to other gun organizations, such as the Illinois State Rifle Association. For example, the 1st vice president of the ISRA is Jewish – hardly the stereotype of a KKK member that some ignorant people apply to gun owners. Another example is the treasurer of the ISRA, a woman who was born in Poland and later moved to the USA.
The NRA is not a racist organization, and the same is true for other pro gun rights organizations, as well as the overwhelming majority of their individual members. As a black person who has spoken with and shot with gun owners from multiple states, I can unequivocally say that I have never experienced a shred of firearms activity related racism. It is offensive and saddening to hear ignorant forum posters ascribe racism to NRA members, as some of the nicest people I’ve met over the last couple of years have been NRA members. For example, when I first went trapshooting, an NRA member (who was white by the way) went to the trouble of showing my the basics, and letting me borrow one of his guns on 2 separate days. Other members of the same trapshooting club spent about an hour chatting with me after I was done shooting, and encouraged me to return. Lending of firearms, teaching of trapshooting, and entertaining conversation are what one can expect from an NRA member – not racism.