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NRA minority outreach has usual suspects up in arms

NRA minority outreach has usual suspects up in arms

Hits the mark in bringing on Colion Noir

NRANews welcomes Mr. Colion Noir to the NRA team:

On Friday, March 1, NRANews announced the addition of Mr. Colion Noir to the team.

“I am unapologetically a Gun Enthusiast,” Noir says on his Google+ page. “I love shooting, I love guns, and all things gun related.”

Noir burst on the internet scene thirteen months ago with a video on his Every Day Carry (EDC) inventory. A wallet, an iPod, car keys, and a GLOCK 36. Over time, they morphed into an engaging collection of commentaries on gun related issues of the day.

“I think at the end of the day, when we start thinking about the policies and the things we want to implement in this society to make us safer, we need to look at the hard core facts, not manipulating people’s emotions,” says Noir in one of his YouTube videos. “That gets us no where. Especially when the things that you’re trying to implement aren’t going to do anything but make it worse for the law abiding citizens of this country.”

Not surprisingly, this is not sitting well with anti-gun forces, who seem somewhat baffled at how to deal with it.

Hinterland Gazette wants Democrats to fight back with claims that the NRA, by having Noir talk about civil rights, is racially insensitive:

I am pretty sure civil rights leaders like Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as Rep. John Lewis and many others will find this racial undertone offensive.

Natasha Leonard at calls it The NRA’s flip flop on African Americans because the NRA didn’t support having the Black Panthers armed:

When the gun control debate focused around black militants taking up arms, the fulcrums were very different. Indeed, both the NRA and President Ronald Reagan spoke against armed citizens when African American men patrolled neighborhoods brandishing firearms in response to racial violence. The Panthers were not the “well-regulated militia” that the white, conservative stalwarts of Second Amendment advocacy had in mind.

Hence the hypocrisy now of the gun group appealing to African Americans — invoking the Civil Rights movement — to lobby support against gun regulation.

The only thing Noir and the Black Panthers have in common is skin color, which appears to be Leonard’s analysis focal point.

The Root is apoplectic, calling the video Scary and Awkward.  BET is equally outraged, picking up on the Black Panther issue as well, Commentary: The NRA’s Love Affair of Guns Goes Black:

So desperate is the NRA for gun ownership to permeate all of American society that they have retained Internet star and gun advocate Colion Noir to be featured in a video to appeal to his fellow Black Americans to reject any consideration of gun control.

Jess Levin, National Press Secretary for Media Matters for America, released this statement to

Colion Noir’s video is yet another attempt by the NRA and their allies to connect the debate over gun safety to the civil rights movement. Ted Nugent compared gun owners to Rosa Parks, former NRA president Marion Hammer likened a proposal banning assault weapons to racial discrimination, and now Noir is bringing up the government that “hosed us down with water, attacked us with dogs” in a video decrying stronger gun laws. The NRA may have hired someone new to deliver the message but I’m guessing it still won’t sit well with civil rights leaders, who have previously called these comparisons “offensive.”

Looks like the NRA has upset all the right people for the right reasons. Brilliant move, so far.


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casualobserver | March 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

It always fascinates me how energetically the left reacts to any right-leaning or simply non-committed-left leaning group when they speak to certain minorities. It’s almost as if they are saying/thinking, “This is OUR minority, not yours….”

    Let the race baiting begin! Not only is Mr. Noir THEIR minority, even his name is subliminal right-wing racist code against black people!

    I hope Mr. Noir prominently attends the upcoming NRA-sponsored NASCAR event.

This is the seminal article on minorities and Gun Control. “The Racist Roots of Gun Control” is a classic:

This is the 30 second You Tube treatment of the same topic as of two days ago:

Dishonest. The referring link to Reagan and the NRA is, to put it politely, bullshit. How you draw racism from that is beyond me. I did have a laugh at the “machine guns became automatic weapons” bit of stupid. Why is it the libtards find the people most ignorant about firearms to shovel their manure?

The NRA may have hired someone new to deliver the message but I’m guessing it still won’t sit well with civil rights leaders, who have previously called these comparisons “offensive.”
—Jess Levin

“Civil rights leaders” is a corruption of terms. These people years ago became racial group advantage lobbyists. Which, I admit, doesn’t have the snap of “civil rights leaders”.

The right to effective self-defense is a civil right second only to the right to life.

“Hits the Mark with Colion Noir”

Indeed. The NRA training for accuracy and precision when hitting the target is second (amendment) to none!

Add a heaping spoonful for Star Parker’s “Never Again” campaign to the mix, and you have a full blown Spartacus rebellion on the democratic political plantation!

Yes. More. This is hitting upon a great, as-yet unrealized and politically unexploited issue and opportunity for the Right: empowerment. The poor foolish GOP can’t seem to get it, or communicate it. It’s about empowerment. The Left and government want you disempowered. It’s the key to their own power. That they say otherwise, that they’ve co-opted the phrase “power to the people,” is one of the towering con jobs of history. But we have to go further, take a page from their own playbook: start psychologically profiling the Left in public. Question their motivations. Make this issue one about both real, life-and-death consequences to each person and about the nature and motivations of the Left. Ask “why do you want to disempower people?” “Why do you want people to be helpless in their moment of need?” “Why are you so eager to take away a woman’s right of self-empowerment and self defense?”

The 2nd Amendment issue could be a huge, cross-partisan, inter-cultural boon issue for Republicans. But they can’t seem to figure it out. Makes sense, I suppose, since they’re a party afraid of their own shadows at this point.

    logos in reply to raven. | March 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    It’s as if attacking Democrats is like attacking themselves (to some Establishment Republicans).

      RDA in reply to logos. | March 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      In Canada, when Reform merged with the Progressive Conservatives, fully one third of the PC’s membership bolted for the Liberal party. I’d say the proportion is at least as high in today’s Repbublican party. Given a choice, I could see many House Republicans and the majority of the Senate Republicans very comfortable ideologically becoming Democrats.

ReallyVeryObnoxious | March 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Remember when and why the NRA was founded in the first place. After Reconstruction, Southern Democrats wished to murder freed slaves as part of cementing their political control over the area.

However, thanks in part to Reconstruction, some of the former slaves had firearms, making quietly taking them from their homes at night and murdering them a trickier issue than it was when they were slaves.

So, they got restrictive gun control measures passed. The elected officials and local police were in on it. The former merely had to refuse permission to the people they wanted murdered, and the latter would start things by trying to bring them in on gun violations. If they disarm, Night Rides. If they resisted, there was an excuse to hunt them down with the power of the state. If they came in quietly, once the police had them in jail, they’d just let someone deniable lynch them.

Union veterans, members of the Grand Army of the Republic, some of whom were involved in administering Reconstruction, had some idea of what was going on. This was why they formed the NRA, in order to combat gun control, which was white supremacist.

I can only guess that the reason this isn’t explicitly mentioned more is that the general sales pitch for resisting gun control is more appealing to a broader audience. Not many of us, in this day and age, are Republicans or former slaves living in The South between, say, the 1870s and and the 1960s.

stevewhitemd | March 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

As RVO notes, the NRA has the perfect counter: they supported African-Americans owning guns long before that was ever popular, and they support it today.

That would be an especially hard-hitting ad campaign and would cause much mewling from the progressive Left. For that reason alone I favor it 🙂

The NRA also could point out that of course they don’t support arming the New Black Panthers, as the NRA, in contrast to the NBP, is a patriotic organization. That would also cause much whining…

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | March 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

“David Gregory wears make-up and has a spray on tan”.

I like this guy already.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | March 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    David Gregory wears make-up and has a spray on tan.

    …and could probably suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

    Sorry, Your Honor. I withdraw that remark.

moonstone716 | March 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

From what I’ve read lately, once again liberals don’t get it. NRA supports: gun rights for law abiding PEOPLE; black, white, or whatever. NRA does not support: gun rights for criminals; black, white or whatever.
Some liberals (such as one chick writing in the Atlantic; can’t remember her name) have accidentally said what they really think; i.e.,that putting guns in the hands of law abiding black people will turn them into criminals.

1. Great stuff, NRA! Don’t stop there.

2. Especially important, IMHO, is that the NRA is not just telling black Americans You’re welcome to join us, but is trying to reach out on black terms.

Not being black, I don’t know how credible the attempt is—it’s encouraging that the right heads are exploding—, but it’s important that such efforts be pursued until they are effective.

3. Tea Parties and GOP, take notes.

That opinion piece from Hinterland Gazette cracked me up. We have a Black author, living in an affluent, predominantly white community north of Atlanta (Johns Creek), comparing the NRA to a pimp and Noir to a prostitute while whining about racial insensitivity?

“…The NRA may have hired someone new to deliver the message but I’m guessing it still won’t sit well with civil rights leaders, who have previously called these comparisons “offensive.”

Lions, and tigers, and Sequester and Civil Rights Leaders! Oh, my!

Understand that this young man, is a young attorney.

Mr. Colion Noir (MrColionNoir) on Twitter
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The only thing Noir and the Black Panthers have in common is skin color, which appears to be Leonard’s analysis focal point.”

Professor, please don’t go here. As distasteful as it may be, if the Second Amendment applies to us it also applies to the Black Panthers. If you’re arguing that the Panthers have no right to guns you’re undermining our own argument. You can’t have it both ways.

    Phillep Harding in reply to creeper. | March 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    The original Black Panthers started as a street gang in California. (Oakland, IIRC, but the were also in Sacremento.) They were criminals. Prostitution, drugs, extortion, etc

    New Black Panthers? I know nothing of.

I am NOT a Twitter-er. Tried it for a spell, almost as bad as being on a Everclear® bender. IMHO

But for those that are, this dude needs your support.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to JP. | March 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    1. I have no idea who Colion Noir is; only his race matters to me here. While I am glad for whatever this does to break down the falsehood of a monolithic ‘black community’, I am conflicted over liking race politics that work for my conservative political hopes vs race politics that work against them. I say to myself, aren’t I being hypocritical to favor the former after castigating the latter? Then I disregard that concern as coming from a guy who talks to himself.

    2. Higher up, gs asks the Tea Party to take notice. My Tea Party group’s black membership is holding steady between 12-15%. Much of the contact and recruitment came during firearm related activities, mostly hunting, range shooting, turkey shoots, and childhoods spent with weapons. This is one vector of egress into the ‘black community’ should the GOP care to explore/exploit it.

    C. The secret to a successful Everclear® bender is to never stop drinking. Once you stop, hell descends in 6-12 hours.

    4. For the third time, at WAJ’s call, I tried and abandoned Twitter in less than a week. I understand its value to some, particularly internet networking, but my experience is that its 70% liberal choir honking at the 30% not liberal choir, which I find neither entertaining nor enlightening.

      “The secret to a successful Everclear® bender is to never stop drinking. Once you stop, hell descends in 6-12 hours.”

      Boy Howdy, THAT’S for damn sure.

      I don’t see “color” in those that do not see “color” in or about me. I try my damn best to live by MLK Jr. “content of character”.

      Allen West-Man. Condi Rice-Woman. Thomas Sowell-Man, etc, etc.

      Barry-Racist. Al-Racist. Clyburn-Racist and on and on.

      Twitter, been there, done that as indicated above.

“I am pretty sure civil rights leaders like Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as Rep. John Lewis and many others will find this racial undertone offensive.”

Is there ANYTHING that they DON’T find offensive?

TrooperJohnSmith | March 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I am pretty sure civil rights leaders like Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as Rep. John Lewis and many others will find this racial undertone offensive.

Wow… Offering this trio of ass-clowns as arbiters of racial sensitivity makes as much sense as offering the Ayatollah as an impartial judge of whether Israel has a right to defend itself.

IIRC, there were several Black Panther Party organizations. One was in Texas. It is run by a guy named Fred Bell, AKA Fahim Minkah. He is not a racist. (He is also the reason the New BPP had to use the word New, as he had trademarked the BPP name and refused to let them use it.) He and his core group took to patrolling projects in South Dallas, known as the War Zone at one time, with shotguns, to run out the drug dealers.

I was an NRA instructor and training counselor, and helped him out some politically. I introduced him to the NRA training group that I was in, and he joined. He became an NRA instructor and later a TC, as well. We found we shared basic values.

This is certainly an area where we patriots can make progress, giving actual empowerment, instead of dependency.