By Jueseppi B.
I was a gun owner since my grandfather first took me rabbit hunting at age 13. Then it was a single shot .410 gauge shotgun. He taught me total gun safety for 2 hunting seasons, that meant I never carried a loaded gun during those 2 years of hunting trips, it was always empty and I was always practicing gun safety while carrying the unloaded gun. In the field that meant carrying it in the proper position around other hunters and never pointing it until ready to fire at a running rabbit.
I was later taught handgun safety by my grandfather, that gun safety lasted 3 years before I was allowed to fire a live round at a target in the woods. My grandfather was a very cautious and thorough man.
I later joined the military and had extensive firearms & weapons training. I am no stranger to firearms/weapons.
When the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre happened on July 20th, 2012 at 12:38 AM, I gave serious thought to giving up my gun ownership rights because how could I be so strongly against Americans owning guns, if I owned guns? I didn’t budge at that time.
Newtown, Connecticut and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on Friday December 14, 2012 at 9:35 am. i sat with the rest of America and the world watching with tear stained cheeks. I decided then & there that owning guns I didn’t use, was stupid.
I sold them all. Two shotguns left me by my grandfather, one a very expensive Beretta over & under with gold engravings. Three handguns, clips and a small amount of ammunition. All sold or turned in to local law enforcement along with gun permits for all my weapons & firearms.
I felt very good about giving up the guns. They were not a part of my life, just things, mementos, possessions one has but never uses.
Never gave not having the guns a second thought.
Until Saturday, July 13th, 2013 around 9:06 pm my time.
George Zimmerman was declared not guilty in the 2nd degree murder charge of killing 17 year old Trayvon Benjamin Martin.
Right then & there I knew I would be arming myself all over again. And I did,
I have had a carry permit since returning from the military and doing private security jobs to pay for college and other expenses while I attended college. I never allowed it to expire. I still have that carry permit.
The State Of Florida has done what the NRAsshole could not do. The State of Florida has made me climb on board the bandwagon of gun ownership in 2013. Stand You Ground is evident in 33 states & I travel sometimes, if that fancy strikes me, what would I do if out in Ohio, for instance, and some gun toting caucasian sees me in my hoodie, walking through a neighborhood, from a local 711 with a Kitt Katt bar and a can of Arizona Iced Arnold Palmer?
This entire post, although very true, is meant to inform Black Americans of one thing…..
Well maybe two things……
If you are a Black man in America, and plan on traveling to any of the 30 plus states in America that have Stand Your Ground laws, or similar versions of this law on that states books, buy a handgun, take gun safety classes, practice your gun usage, get proficient at firearm shooting and safety, then feel like a real American.
If you are a Black male in America, turn Stand Your Ground into Stand OUR Ground.
Stop yourself and your family from becoming the next headline or statistic on the nightly news.
I am now suited & booted, locked & loaded. Thank you The Great State Of Florida.
No More Trayvons.
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