Philadelphia is one of many American cities fighting gun violence. Rather than working to get guns off the street, Black Guns Matter hopes that increasing education will decrease violence.
BOBBY ALLYN, BYLINE: Gun violence has plagued the city for decades. Instead of more regulations, Maj Toure wants to get more gun owners, licensed and unlicensed, educated about firearms. His target audience – it’s a broad group.
MAJ TOURE: Rappers, drug dealers, lawyers, doctors, firearms advocates, anti-gun people – these are people that I call my circle.
ALLYN: Back at the event, Toure spoke about changing perceptions about black men carrying guns. He hopes that, with more conflict-management skills, law enforcement will view armed black men as less of a threat. He also hopes that, with his education focus, he should be able to find common ground with gun-control advocates.