2 deadly shoot­ings send a chill through black gun own­ers

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES / NEWS -

Gun-rights ad­vo­cates like to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Some black gun own­ers, though, are not so sure it’s a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in pub­lic.

Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in re­sponse to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter ap­par­ently be­ing mis­taken for the bad guy.

Some African-Amer­i­cans who are li­censed to carry weapons say cases like those make them hes­i­tant to step in to pro­tect oth­ers.

“I’m not an ad­vo­cate of open­carry if you’re black,” said the Rev. Kenn Blan­chard, a Se­cond Amend­ment ac­tivist and host of the YouTube pro­gram “Black Man With a Gun TV,” a gun ad­vo­cacy show. “We still have racism. … We still scare peo­ple. The psy­chol­ogy of fear, it’s big­ger than the Se­cond Amend­ment.”

The re­cent shoot­ings of Jemel Roberson and Eman­tic Brad­ford Jr. am­pli­fied long-held fears that bad things can hap­pen when a black man is seen with a gun.

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