Armed neighborhood patrols in Minneapolis backed by NAACP, contradicts past stance on guns
From the Wall Street Journal:
Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing in May. At least one neighborhood has put up barricades to keep away outsiders.
More on the Minnesota Freedom Fighters:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Freedom Fighters is a self-described elite security unit.
Its members, including Jamil Jackson and Tyrone Hartwell, are working to bridge the gap between the police and the community.
During the social unrest after George Floyd’s death, peaceful protests became dangerous.
“The call was made originally by the NAACP for community members to come out and help patrol the West Broadway corridor,” Jackson said.
Local residents who say they have permits to carry firearms answered that call.
“Some of us didn’t even know each other beforehand, a lot of us did know each other beforehand, but we built a brotherhood,” Hartwell said.
Their patrolling did make a difference.
“For about ten nights we patrolled West Broadway, making sure that our buildings were safe, making sure the community was safe,” Jackson said.
So the NAACP called for armed neighborhood patrols during the crisis (we at Mom-At-Arms are in full support of that btw)? Interesting, as that seems to go against their previous positions, such as working with the Bloomberg/Everytown bankrolled March For Our Lives:
BALTIMORE, MD (August 2, 2018) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, will partner with the leaders of the March For Our Lives (#NeverAgain) movement to register young people to vote this summer.
On March 24, 2018, almost 1,000 of NAACP’s student activists lined the streets of the National Mall during the historic March For Our Lives rally to demand that their safety and lives become a national priority. That historic day marked the beginning of a partnership between the NAACP and March for Our Lives.
Now, in the lead up to the midterm elections, the two organizations will once again join hands in the Road to Change Tour where the student leaders of the March For Our Lives campaign are making stops across America to get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote.
The #NeverAgain movement was established by about 20 student survivors of the February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. These students are using their summer break to travel to cities where the NRA has contributed to prominent politicians, thegoal is to elect lawmakers who support gun reform.The tour will be making stops in a number of cities including Atlanta, GA, Charlottesville, VA, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and several others.
“The March for Our Lives Rally was an opportunity to move forward in reducing gun violence and making our communities safer,” said Tiffany Dena Loftin, National Director of the NAACP’s Youth and College Division. “This Road to Change Tour is a true opportunity to mobilize young Black people,” she added. “The NAACP is committed to letting policymakers and elected officials know in a powerful way, that young people across the country are prepared to exercise both their voice and their votes on the issue of public safety.”
Funny how the NAACP was all for advocating for laws just 2 years ago that would need to be enforced heavily by Law Enforcement in order to be effective: