Chicago Hope: Armed Black Women

The surging crime and murder rate in Chicago is spurring an increase in armed black women.

The increase of armed black women in the Chicago area will have cultural and political ramification beyond reducing crime. Anything that increases the number of people who value the Second Amendment is good for America. Furthermore, when one arms oneself, one takes responsibility for taking care of oneself. That attitude will have repercussions for the future of the welfare state.

Legally acquiring a gun for self-protection is a step down the road to independence.

The Atlanta Black Star reports, “Locked & Loaded: Black Women In Chicago Arming Themselves As Crime Rate Soars.

Though the number of Black women with concealed-carry licenses is rising, it should be noted that they still comprise a relatively small percentage of those applying for permits, the newspaper reported. In fact, Black woman have lagged behind white women, white men and Black men for the past three years when it comes to concealed-carry licenses.

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Women like Robinzine and Dunagan are hoping to change that, however.

Data showed that Black women in Cook County had the sharpest growth, jumping 67 percent from 2014 to 2016, compared to any other racial group receiving concealed-carry permits in the county. It was also the only group whose permits increased each year since 2014, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“A lot of Black women are now going to the range, to the store buying a gun and then going to practice,” said Philip Smith, founder of the Georgia-based National African-American Gun Association. “It’s a definite trend that we’re seeing at our organization and also in the general public.”

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