For Release: June 23, 2016
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Rep. John Lewis Invited to Sit-In to Protect Urban Hostages from Criminals by Anti-Crime Activist
Project 21's Nadra "Cap Black" Enzi Says He'd Gladly Join His Hero Rep. John Lewis in Sit-In to Protect Inner City Residents from Crime
Reminds Congressman of the Role Armed Volunteers Played in Protecting Non-Violent Civil Rights Pioneers Like Himself
Washington, D.C. - Project 21 member and New Orleans anti-crime activist Nadra "Cap Black" Enzi has the following statement about the "sit-in" of the U.S. House of Representatives promoting gun control led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA):U.S. Congressman John Lewis is one of the people responsible for my enjoying full citizenship as a black Southern member of Generation X. I owe him and other civil rights movement heroes a debt that cannot be repaid. That said, I respectfully disagree with the sit-in he led on floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to push for gun control legislation.Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life.
I wish he'd recall how armed volunteers protected non-violent protesters like himself -- a hushed self-defense fact illustrated in the book, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible."
Today, the premiere threat to what I call the civil right of safety for "urban hostages" [inner city residents] isn't distant White Citizens Councils nor racist police. Sadly, a chocolate Klan hunts black prey as methodically now as the white one did in the 1960s.
Self-defense shouldn't be reduced to a partisan issue or ideological talking point. For the poor and disenfranchised Congressman Lewis champions, gun ownership puts them on a level playing field with richer, safer Americans far removed from daily home invasion; rape and armed robbery.
I'd gladly join my hero John Lewis in a sit-in to insure urban hostages can legally protect themselves.
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