For some Blacks, gun control raises echoes of segregated past

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Matawan, NJ

#1 Sep 1, 2013
For some Blacks, gun control raises echoes of segregated past
by Ehab Zahriyeh
September 1, 2013 | 5:00AM ET

Some African-Americans say tighter restrictions on guns rob them of their civil rights

Eight years ago, Rick Ector had just pulled into his driveway in Detroit after work when two men approached him. They asked for money and pulled out a gun. He handed over his cash, and they left. Though he reported the incident, to his knowledge, the two men havenít been caught.

"If I survive this incident, I will no longer depend on the police, who have a legal obligation to protect me," Ector recalls thinking. "I had to do what I needed to do to protect myself."

Ector had never before owned a gun. After the incident, he not only legally armed himself; he became a certified firearms instructor and a National Rifle Training counselor; he now runs the Rickís Firearm Academy in Detroit.

Unlike most members of the National Rifle Association, Ector is black. Since guns are the leading cause of death among African Americans age 14 to 18, black people tend to favor gun control.

But Ector and other African-Americans who share his views on firearms see gun rights as a civil rights issue and tighter regulations as a way to keep power out of the hands of minorities.

It's to bad that we weak kneed stupid whites haven't got the brains to get together and fight the scum sucking government. Guess we aren't really white, more like yellow.

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