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Joy Behar of ABC’s ‘The View’ appears to possess an unfortunate ignorance of African-Americans and their desire for the God-given right to safety. Here attitude seems to border on bigotry. Sadly, that’s a pattern for Behar.

“Here’s the thing: once black people get guns in this country, the gun laws will change. Trust me,” Behar said recently on the show, raising her voice over black guest host and gun owner Lindsey Granger. Granger was explaining black gun ownership and audience laughter and agreement with Behar was clearly audible.

Granger’s expression, however, says something different.

Listen and Learn

Behar gets paid a lot to talk, but perhaps she should listen more often. Instead of interrupting, Behar should pay attention to what Granger said.

“As a gun owner, there are people in this country that genuinely own guns and do so for the same reason that we all – …” Behar interjects, “An AR-15?”

“Let me tell you something. There’s a man in Connecticut who watched a home invasion and watched his neighbor’s whole family get killed. He built an AR-15 because Connecticut won’t allow you to buy one but if you abide by rules you can build them. He has one in his house to protect his family because he never wants to see that happen again. He is a Black man…that’s all I’m saying is that they’re not all these ‘crazy people,’ Granger explained. “Black people are buying guns!”

Granger knows what she’s talking about. African-Americans purchased firearms in 2020 at a rate 58 percent more than they did the year before. The trend has continued and self-defense is consistently the major driver for black gun buyers. In fact, black women have become, “the new face of American gun ownership,” as reported by The Root.

Behar could’ve learned that from Sherri Shepherd – also a View guest host – when she tried explaining her own gun purchase last October.

“During the quarantine, I felt really helpless, Joy,” Shepherd explained. “I thought, ‘How am I supposed to protect my son if something happens?’”

She continued, saying she bought a handgun. “I felt very empowered – I don’t know why you’re laughing. When I bought the gun I took lessons, I took the test, I go to the range with my girlfriends like every other week – and it just makes me feel like at least if something happens, I can protect my child.”

In Their Own Words

It’s a clear pattern for Behar to cast doubt on her African-American guests and co-hosts and question their reasoning for being gun owners. If she won’t listen to Granger or Shepherd, she could listen to others.

Philip Smith, the Founder and President of the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), started his organization in 2015 but has recently seen, “an awakening” of Black gun ownership. “It’s a good thing,” Smith told NBC, adding his group has grown by at least 1,000 members every month over the past two years.

One NAAGA member, Nikki Duncan, is a mother of two daughters and told Behar’s own network, ABC News, the group helped her get acquainted with her firearm and learn safety practices. “With the kind of climate… I wanted to be a gun owner, but I also wanted to be a responsible gun owner,” Duncan said. “I have two daughters, I wanted them both to know that it’s OK for you to own a weapon and it’s OK to have them in defense of your home.”

The first-hand news reports of increased black gun ownership and interest in safety courses, more training and practice are boundless. While roughly 36 percent of white Americans say they own firearms, more than 25 percent of African-Americans say they do and the number is growing.

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Geneva Solomon, an African-American who with her husband owns a firearm retail store and range in Burbank, Calif., talked about her sold-out firearm training classes, saying, “Before they would never sell out. Now they sell out two days after we post them.”

Look in the Mirror

As the so-called anchor of one of ABC’s most popular programs, Behar’s disdain for African-American gun ownership is troubling. The same progressive-left gun control advocates that watch and attend Behar’s live show — like Behar herself — push the racist narratives behind black gun ownership. Colion Noir, a black Second Amendment rights advocate, has spoken about Behar’s “ignorant claim.”

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In this Aug. 21, 2021, image taken from video, firearms instructor Wayne Thomas instructs women the proper stance in firearms shooting at the Recoil Firearms store in Taylor, Mich. About 1,000 or so mostly Black women taking part in free weekend gun safety and shooting lessons at two Detroit-area ranges. Black women are increasingly are considering gun ownership for personal protection, according to industry experts and gun rights advocates. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Jonathon Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, wrote in The Hill about the suggestion that pro-gun rights and anti-African-American gun ownership arguments like Behar’s are racist. “The suggestion that it [slavery] was a primary motivation for the Second Amendment is utter nonsense.” Turley added, “African Americans have long viewed guns as an equalizer, including escaped slave and famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who, in an editorial, heralded the power of ‘a good revolver, a steady hand.’”

The Second Amendment belongs to every law-abiding American. Behar should listen to her African-American co-hosts or read more about black gun ownership and the history of the Second Amendment, as well as the racist origins of gun control in the post-Civil War era. She might just get a better understanding of why they are choosing — by the millions — to exercise their Constitutional rights to do so.

 

Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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  1. Same reason the Osborn daughter said people would regret enforcing immigration laws because they’d lose their gardeners and house cleaners.

    Liberal tolerance and equality.

    • All that’s missing for the oderous Jim Crow Gun Control democRat blowbag behar is a sheet, pointed hat and swastikas.

      • This has the fake Miner. The real Miner wouldn’t make such a post that would denigrate his mas’sers.

        Keep up the good work!

    • At least the Democrats don’t hide their racism anymore! They looked so uncomfortable in the past 40 years or so speaking up for equal rights and freedom of speech, claiming to oppose racism.

      Now that they can let their hair down and be the racist thugs they’ve always been, that we knew they always were, they look so more comfortable with themselves.

    • Idiots like Joy Behar are dangerous because so many people listen to idiots like her and don’t see how actually racist she is. She is against voter photo ID because she actually believes that the minority population isn’t intelligent enough to figure out how to get a photo ID. Everything about this idiot, Joy Behar, screams racism. Those who can’t see that are just as racist as she is. Those in this country who are calling everyone who disagrees with their liberal ideas a racist are the real racists. A fact of life that is proven every day in this country is that everything a liberal accuses you of is what that liberal is guilty of. Check it out. If you look at things closely enough, you will see that I’m right.

      • This privileged white liberal racist Karen is a fine example of everything wrong with liberalism today. The saddest part is she doesn’t even realize it. She’d be the type to double down with a bunch of “I’m not racist because…” statements if it wasn’t for her privileged position and team of assistants telling her what to say publicly everytime she makes dumb statements on her own during her View recordings. People like her specifically target black people by employing them over someone more qualified and putting them in control of their own “marketing” to make themselves look better and cover their tracks. Like Disney casting for new roles…

        Put it this way… If she lived in times of slavery, she would own slaves and be the type to say how awful slavery is and how her slaves are free to do as they want and she treats them well.

        • Thanks be to Liberals like her and her comrades on the View. Because of their continual drone on the Liberalism ideology and Agendas. More people every day are becoming WOKE to the dangers inherent in the liberal progressive Democrat ideology and agendas. Especially as they see their lives and livelihoods being destroyed right in front of their eyes. So let her and others like her. The Squad comes to mind scream from the rafters. They are the best possible advertisement for the Big Red Wave om November 8th.

        • How the Democrats treat Black Conservatives is a good example of their racism. What they are telling Black Conservatives is this. “Hey, Boy! Don’t you dare sneak off of the Democrat Plantation if you know what’s good for you! Ya hear me, Boy! You better get your cotton-picking ass back here right now! Ya hear me, Boy?

    • “Because she’s a racist just like most white lefties”

      FTFY

      What has been my personal experience.

    • Not all Liberals are Racist. Some are just ideologically confused and are abandoning the party because of it’s Hard turn to the Left. They are discovering that the Republican party is more closely aligned with the ideals and ideologies they once supported than the current Democrat party. A few of them are life long friends of mine. Who just a few years ago couldn’t even consider voting for a Republican, yet did in the recent primary in my state and plan to also in November. People are becoming WOKE to the dangers in the former Democrat party that has been taken over by the Radical Progressive wing of the party. Especially as they see their lives and livelihoods being destroyed right before their eyes.

  2. Ahh the “expert” and all knowing that for some weird reason the media and TTAG keep following and the public keeps watching
    She is a shock jock a troll and says things to make folks watch and talk about them regardless of the opinions

        • And if she could talk, she would say..

          Never stick it in crazy.

          Which unfortunately is most leftist women, sorry to say.

        • You know, the fake Miner schtick is funny, but it’s a little old. Could at least try to sound like the real Miner. There’s not a single mention of Trump here PLUS a criticism of a leftist?!?!

          Press X for doubt

      • “Time for a new seeing eye dog.”

        I dunno, with a half a bottle of Jack Danial’s in me, even I might be tempted to tap that…. 🙂

        • Well I guess you have to lose your virginity sometime…

          …you are late middle age.…. 🙂

        • avatar Geoff "A day without an obsessed, obviously brain-damaged and mentally-ill demented troll (who deserves to live in New Jersey) PR

          Just because you have a ‘whiskey dick’, Peegee two, doesn’t mean others d.o.

          When it comes to older women, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. They more than make up for it with enthusiasm. 😉

          Oh, and suck on that 2A decision long and hard, little boy.

          (Very little, if you know what I mean! 😉 )

  3. “Here’s the thing” flabface Joy, Black people already own guns, you are an ignorant bigot and don’t even know it. Also as a reminder – NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU SAY !!!

  4. joy behar is a wealthy elitist. The party of such people has long been the democrats. Corporate billionaires bought the left and turned it to fascism. Wealthy white elitist loves them some leftism/fascism.

    • Wow jwm, that was beautiful, what you write I can only dream…

      …that one day they will see my useful agitprop and reward me.

      Ohhhh one day….A girl can dream, right?

  5. If (no) Joy Behar really cares about America, she should donate her brain to Science after she dies so researchers can find out why she’s so xucked up. Maybe they can develop a cure for the disease called “liberalism”.

    • …and our Marxist playbook wins again.

      I don’t know why we spend so much time rigging the election, with friends like yours.

      • Considering (real) Miner how most of your kind couldn’t pick Karl Marx from Groucho

        Hint. Karl is on with the beard. Groucho is wearing glasses.

    • Those riding their Gun Control in on the coattails of murdered soft target sitting duck children had to expedite things before the blood dries up.

      Further delay would reveal the responsible party totally in charge of school children security and who was clearly asleep at the wheel.

  6. “Why Does Joy Behar Belittle Black Americans Who Own Guns to Protect Their Families?”

    The answer is simple – she is anti-gun and anti-gun has among their ranks the less obvious racists, ‘closet’ racists if you will, of which she is one.

    • “Joy” is a brain-dead be-otch bigot. She’d drop dead with the vapors if she hung out in the Ill/NW IN gunshops & ranges I frequent. Even the Whoopster boasted of being a gun owner…

  7. Golly how are they going to react when record numbers of nonwhite unrestricted permits start turning up in NY. We had the restricted all time records back to back since bail reform passed.

  8. I live in the only county in Florida that is predominantly black. So, I know a lot of black people. Some I consider close friends. All I know own firearms. Joy knows not of which she speaks, but then, I never met a leftist that did.

  9. Donate money to Maj Toure/Black Guns Matter and tell them where they can stick this racist point of view.

  10. My friend who came here from Jamaica and is now a Citizen does not understand our firearm laws. He says if his Drivers License is good to drive in all US States, why doesn’t his firearm rights follow across State lines? He reads the 2A like Thomas Jefferson suggested, by the spirit of the debate when it was written. He makes great arguments based on common sense and the Constitution for being armed.

    • Why is he HERE and when going back where he belongs to fix THEIR screwed up “country” and their silly Brit gun laws?

      Jamaica

      The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Jamaica is

      2017: 246,0001
      2012: 180,0002 3

      The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Jamaica is

      2017: 8.80
      2012: 6.62

      Jamaica, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

      2016: 1934
      1999: 7435

      Jamaica, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

      2016: 5,3484
      1995: 3,4225

      Jamaica, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

      2016: 35,3734
      1995: 13,9805

      • He is here for a better opportunity. He came here the correct way and earned his citizenship. He has a good job, pays taxes and is a gun owner and a Conservative.

        He has much right to be here as you do. We need more like him whether they are born here or legally immigrate. Don’t you agree?

      • If he came here legally there is no such thing as ‘back where he belongs” any more than you should go back where you belong where your ancestors came from. He is here, where he belongs.
        Especially if he has more respect for the US constitution than the average American.
        My moms dad had a five syllable first name and a whopping seven syllable last name, legally came from pretty much the opposite side of the planet, volunteered for and served in the US Airborne (17th AB Div) and got accelerated citizenship due to his combat service. He knew 10x more about US history and civics than anyone I ever met. he wasn’t responsible for the mess of his birth country never mind trying to fix it.

  11. Now dad gum it, how am I supposed to burn churches with all them blacks owning gunms.
    There outta be a law, well I guess there was at one time.
    What’s the world coming too?

  12. “Why Does Joy Behar Belittle Black Americans Who Own Guns to Protect Their Families?”

    Who in the hell cares???

    That show is one of several where you will actually experience an IQ loss of 27 points after watching it, even for short spurts. Very difficult to get them back, too.

  13. These recent rulings by the Supreme Court will probably set off a lot of violent protests all over this country. I hope I’m wrong, but when liberals lose they always resort to violent protests. That is because they can’t support their ideas in a peaceful debate. Their only recourse is name-calling, vulgar statements, rioting, violence, and general mayhem. Those who want abortions right up to nine months, when the fetus is totally viable, are the new Nazis of our era. To them, life is cheap, there is no God, and no one is safe in a society ruled by people like them. I pray that they never get enough power in this country as they did in 1930s Germany.

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