This image came attached to a hate & bullshit piece written by Matt Terzi in firebrandleft.com. I think a little exploration is necessary to expose the ignorance and the accompanying prejudice, so shall we?
Wendell Pierce is a fantastic actor and anybody who watched the five seasons of The Wire will agree with me. The problem is that most Hollywood actors think themselves as experts on an issue because they played pretend in front of a camera. Mr. Pierce’s ignorance shows at the outset of his tweet when he does not know that you are required to be 21 and older to get a permit to carry a firearm.
And Wendell, we in the NRA embrace people of every color. In fact we wish that every black male and female (You kinda forgot the women there, bunk. Shades of misogyny? Or maybe the idea of a black woman empowered to defend herself is a scary thought? ) joined and learned not only about guns, but the history of the Second Amendment and the racist roots of gun control.
And you know what would happen? Crime in black neighborhoods would drop just like it has happened in other neighborhoods and across the Nation. It will not be just the gang members and the drug dealers doing whatever is they want because they fear no consequence, but they would thread careful and more likely go Hamsterdam to ply their trade than try to take a corner where mom and pop and the neighbors would rain lead on their asses. A lot of the so-called Black Leaders would have to explain why did they treat the people they were supposed to serve as second-class citizens, they would have to explain why they allowed a culture of victimization and lack of responsibility be the guiding principles of the Black community. And worse of all, the old black political structure would crumble because it is hard to fool people once their eyes have been opened.
Now Mr. Pierce, I do urge you to join the NRA and subscribe to the First Freedom magazine. Read it, learn what we are about. Come shoot with us, it is fun! And then make a rational decision about the NRA and its members of every color and religion and sexual orientation, not one based on lies and misconceptions by those who see you as less than able to be an intelligent and responsible human being.