The View’s Sunny Hostin said African Americans are buying guns to protect themselves from “white supremacy.”
“If you listen to the FBI’s statistics, we had FBI Director [Christopher] Wray testify that the greatest threat in the United States is white supremacy, and who are the victims of white supremacy? Generally, they are African Americans, and so I really believe that that is why you are seeing African Americans now buying guns and arming themselves and protecting themselves,” the former federal prosecutor said Wednesday. “The Second Amendment is for everyone.”
Firearm ownership among African Americans has skyrocketed in recent years. Surveys conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2020 found that 58% of firearm purchases were conducted by African Americans, “the largest increase of any demographic group.”
“This is a tectonic shift in the firearm and ammunition industry marketplace and complete transformation of today’s gun-owning community. These first-time buyers represent a group of people who, until now, were agnostic regarding firearm ownership,” Lawrence Keane, the NSSF’s senior vice president of general counsel, said. “That’s rapidly changing, and these Americans are taking hold of their God-given right to keep and bear arms and protect themselves and their loved ones.”
Hostin told her co-hosts that her friends and family have been purchasing and training with firearms because of “the increase of violence against black people.”
Testifying to Congress, the FBI director, appointed by former President Donald Trump, said that “the danger of white supremacist violent extremism … is significant,” adding that it was a “persistent, pervasive threat.”
The former federal prosecutor later expressed concern that African Americans would not be treated fairly as gun owners, citing the case of Philando Castile, a Minnesota man who was fatally shot by police after he informed an officer during a traffic stop that he was carrying a weapon legally.