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Women Help Black Gun Group Thrive

a professionally dressed black woman wearing braids holding a firearm
Markysha Clarke, a marketing specialist in Decatur, Ga., is among the ranks of the nation's black women who own a firearm. (Lisa Marie Pane/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:53 PM

At the same time that the NRA is losing board members in a lingering internal dispute, the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), the nation’s largest minority gun organization, is thriving, CBS News reported on Wednesday.

Some 60 percent of the group’s members are black women.

Nezida Davis explained to CBS that, while she is concerned about crime in her neighborhood, she is also worried about white nationalists.

“I do believe they're emboldened,” Davis said. “I'm not goin' down without a fight… By being able to protect ourselves, by training properly and getting our practice in, and learning how to defend ourselves, at least we will be able to fight back if we are attacked - from white supremacists or white nationalists."

Since its creation in 2015, NAAGA has grown rapidly, with some 30,000 members and 75 chapters nationwide, according to NPR. Membership went up sharply after President Donald Trump took office, which some attributed to a political climate where those with racist views feel empowered to act.

NAAGA promotes both the Second Amendment and social justice, the group’s founder Phillip Smith said, and is sensitive to the dangers of being both black and legally armed in the U.S.

He specifically referred to the 2016 Philando Castile case in Minnesota, in which Castile, who was licensed to carry a gun, was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.
Smith pointed out that while NAAGA immediately condemned the shooting, the NRA did not, one of the reasons he cites for having a specifically black gun group.

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At the same time that the NRA is losing board members in a lingering internal dispute, the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), the nation’s largest minority gun organization, is thriving, CBS News reported on Wednesday.
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