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African-Americans Involvement in the Shooting Sports...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Magnum.35744, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Magnum.35744

    Magnum.35744 Well-Known Member

    Hello Everyone,

    I have always wondered why I haven’t seen many African Americans in the shooting sports? I'll come out right away with the fact that I am Mixed (Dad's Black, Mom's White). And at the age of 15 I've only seen maybe 5 or 6 Afro-Americans in a gun store or on the range for that matter. I live in a good area and racism has never been a problem. But do you think that the common "Stereotypes" for African-Americans would tend to keep them away from the shooting sports along with any other ethnicities? Thanks in advance for trying to help me understand this topic better.
  2. Shooters aren't racist. But it that helps you believe thats why there aren't that many blacks at gun stores and IDPA matches then go right ahead. Different strokes for different folks. Mr T
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2008
  3. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Well-Known Member

    Actually, I've been seeing many more over the last couple of years. Same with female shooters.

    I think there's a certain institutionalized taboo against guns in minority communities. Folks are taught that guns are the tools of the State and criminals, and that no "normal" person should need one.

    Thankfully, lots of folks are finally starting to see through that. While I haven't seen many minorities in competition, I'm seeing a huge influx of casual shooters, and that's a big start :)
  4. Huddog

    Huddog Well-Known Member

    I don't know about the "shooting sports" but I quite often see African-Americans at the shooting range. I also see Asians, Europeans, South Amercans, Native Americans and occassiononaly just Americans. Shooting is one of the least racist of all "sports" and things in life. The gun doesn't care what your ethnicity is and neither do most gun owners. We are just proud to be American and able to own and fire our guns.
  5. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    I live in an overwhelmingly white state, so for me, seeing any minority at the range is going to be an oddity, not because they are any minority, but because not all that many people are dedicated shooters and when there are so few people representing a given skin tone or background it makes it all the more unlikely that I will run into anyone but white people at the range. Though I suppose a guy in my unit I took to the range recently is black, I guess, I didn't realize it for the longest time but I suppose it makes sense. I thought he was jewish or something. And I have taken my cousin to the range once or twice, my cousins and uncle are black, but otherwise I don't believe I've ever run into anyone not white at a range in my state.

    I'm sure that would not be the case if I were in almost any other state in the union.
  6. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    Like anything else, if you weren't involved in the shooting sports as a kid you're not likely to seek it out as an adult.

    That's the simple explanation from my perspective. The DEEPER socio-cultural analysis of this issue would fill volumes and cause heated debate.

    Once more, who is out there saying HOW do we get more black kids into the shooting sports? Maybe that's a question worth asking.
  7. Crunker1337

    Crunker1337 Well-Known Member

    Shooters aren't racist at all... IIRC, back in the 60s, when segregation was, quite simply, a fact of life, the NRA had non-segregated ranges, some in the capital.

    Full disclosure: I am a minority, but not a black one.
  8. TStorm

    TStorm Well-Known Member

    Good post.

    Same with Servo, I've seen more and more minority (and female shooters of all races) at the range and at IDPA. Some people realize this is a great sport, not to mention a right that needs to be exercised, for everyone.

    Hopefully, this sport, as others have in the past, can be a good common interest for people to participate in together.
  9. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    Some of it will also stem from socio-economics. Lets face facts shooting is not cheap. You have hardware, training, range time, CCW permits, and the ever fun who has the cheapest ammo thread done here on a daily basis.
    I have taken several friends of varying skin tone to the range with me. Only the African-American one asked why I had so much tied up in my favorite sport.
    Different people have different priorities, my friend would rather have a set of 26" rims on his car than a super accurate handgun. His choice is to roll in fashion mine is to roll in unlimited reloads.
  10. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Well-Known Member


    I think the problem isn't that we won't reach out to minority gunowners and shooters, but some folks honestly don't know how to. I've worked with Junior shooting programs before and coached several black and asian kids shooting smallbore, but they found us, we didn't find them.

    Perhaps you, being a young, minority shooter (or at least interested) can find the way to bridge this gap and bring more young responsible people to the shooting sports where you live?
  11. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    In my experience, the more recent immigrants, be Asian, European, african, or south American, are some of the strongest supporters of the 2nd amendment.

    Mostly since they don't take freedoms that we have for granted.
  12. oneshooter

    oneshooter Well-Known Member

    Crunker1337, You are a REAL minority! A shooter in NEW JERSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

    Livin in Texas
  13. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Well-Known Member

    I saw a black man in a gun store once.

    I remember thinking "wow, thats cool". But i haven't seen him since.
  14. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom Well-Known Member

    I've seen plenty of African-Americans involved in shooting and in sports.....does that count?
  15. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    Hyatts in Charlotte has prob 20 percent black consumers from what I see, a lot of single moms buying self defense guns or a nice pump shotgun to protect there home and family, and it makes me smile to see a mom thinking ahead to protect her kids, no matter who they are.

    At least with me I am a religious minority, so folks don't know I am a minority unless they really know me.
  16. Nolo

    Nolo Well-Known Member

    Now, I wouldn't call myself traveled, but I also have noticed a lower frequency of blacks* at shooting ranges and in sports, too.
    I think it's like what Tom Servo said. Minorities just seem to avoid it.
    Of course, when you break it down, everyone's a minority, so that statement is meaningless without qualification, but I think you all know what I meant anyway.
    We really need to reach out to them, which is one of the reasons I like the work Oleg has done. Sadly, it's unusual to see a black man using a firearm responsibly, but I do think it is changeable.
    Plus, supposedly most blacks are liberal, and they (at least from what I've seen around here) seem to toe the party line better than most.

    *I do have a good reason for using this term to describe the phenotype in question. If you want the explanation, PM me.
  17. Soybomb

    Soybomb Well-Known Member

    I think most people get into guns from hunting. Most people get into hunting as kids from their parents. Hunters seem to be largely white for a variety of reasons (including some bad reasons from the past). Shooters need to make an effort to reach out to people that might not otherwise be exposed to shooting sports.

    Racism is still alive today and that includes at gun shops and ranges but I don't think its a significant factor in why blacks are under-represented in shooting sports.
  18. lloydkristmas

    lloydkristmas Well-Known Member

    Guy who owns the nicest gun shop in the area is black and is a great guy, very knowledgeable about all things firearms. But I agree, havent seen too many black people at the range, in the store, etc. I can think of several "why'' possibilities, but thats more for a sociology class than a gun board. Either way, great to have you on board, and as another guy said, as a shooter of any race, you are a minority in todays political environment...
  19. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    We'll See More

    You will see more shooters of all colors as we make progress in winning back the rights of run owners.

    There are politicians still trying to enforce the original theme and spirit of gun control.

    Gun control has its roots in racism.

    As we illuminate the hypocrisy of "human rights activists" who push gun control (e.g. ACLU), we will see more of the folks who have had a culture of firearms denial enforced on them in the past join us in the here and now.

    Oleg, the founder of this site, works actively toward eliminating gun control and its causes.
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    We need ALL Americans armed and secure, enjoying the shooting sports, and seeing to their own defense from predators of all stripes.

    And that (ALL) includes the ones with hyphenated nationality designations.

    You can eliminate government-sponsored racism: replace the corrupt politicians who sponsor gun control.
  20. lowdrag82

    lowdrag82 New Member

    Gun laws are racist/sexist

    I have come to the conclusion that gun laws that we have in the U.S. are racist. The toughest gun laws are in Washington D.C., Chicago, L.A., New York City, etc...All of these cities have a large concentration of minorities, in many inner cities; there are large concentrations of minority women. In my opinion, the way the Constitution reads, the demographic that most NEEDS guns are women that live in the inner city; but guess what? The local and state governments feel that guns are bad and they restrict the people that most need them for protection. This is because local and state government feels they can protect and provide for its citizens better than the citizen. Guns are demonized in inner cities and the general consensus is that only criminals need guns. If the inner city citizen realized that he/she can indeed take care of themselves and are protected by the Constitution, then politicians would be out of a job. They need people to be afraid to pass ridiculous gun laws for the protection of their citizens, or in many cases "subjects". BTW I live in a rural area and shoot with friends of several ethnic backgrounds, the reason many of the African Americans don't go to the range around here is because they choose to shoot on their own land.

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