[Cornell] Lewis said the point of the rally was not to show guns, but to inform Black people of the need to own guns, due to endemic police killings of Black people, crimes against Black people that are not investigated thoroughly and the rise of white supremacist groups.
“Now it is time to come together and observe our Second Amendment rights,” Lewis said. “If the United States government won’t protect us, we’ll protect ourselves. If America doesn’t want to give us freedom and justice, we’re going to take it.
“We have our faith. We have our people. We have our guns. America does not want us here and does not care for us. We march. We fight. We die. That is the only thing left for us to do in this land of the free and home of the brave.”
– Susan Dunne in Armed Black protestors march in Hartford’s North End to advocate for Black gun ownership