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‘Black Guns Matter’ talks gun safety

Maj Tourje presenting. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

A rapper and political advocate came to Chico State to discuss the importance of the Second Amendment and taught uneducated gun users how to aim a gun using a fake one.

Young Americans for Liberty invited Maj Tourje a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is a political activist and rapper to come talk at Chico State about the right to keep and bear arms on Wednesday at Sylvester’s Cafe.

Gun supporters came and filled up the seating available for the event. No actual weapons of any kind were allowed and multiple University Police members were present to ensure the event was safe.

Before the event started a Chico State representative came up and let the audince know that this was event would be protected for free speech. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

“I think universities are great places, if there are places for learning and higher learning some of that higher learning needs to involve the ability of the people to keep and bear arms,” Tourje said.

He believes that it’s a great place to spread the word because he feels it’s bombarded with misinformation and fear tactics.

Tourje believes that gun control is racist and redundant. In order to change people’s perception on gun control they would need to follow three different phases of evolution necessary to change peoples mind.

He presented the three phases of evolution he said would be needed to change peoples mind on gun control.

  1. Empathy

  2. Facts

  3. Solutions

Tourje brought up these phases as a way to educate people about things they may not have been otherwise. By using these three phases he claims that people would be able to get a better understanding of what another.

No weapons of any kind were allowed at the event, the sign was posted on the door as a warning before participating. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

At the event Tourje and his group passed around fake firearms for people to use. About one in every four people had one, and he was easily able to distinguish who and who wasn’t a gun person.

The key? He checked for the individual’s trigger discipline, if someone was holding the gun with their finger where the trigger would have been he called them out on it.

He later went on to do a presentation on proper gun safety and taught a student how to not muzzle somebody.

He described holding a gun similar to a lightsaber that extends infinitely, instructing a student to point the gun up on the ceiling without muzzling himself or the crowd. The meeting then concluded with the presentation on gun safety.

Julian Mendoza can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @JulianMTheOrion.

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Julian Mendoza
Julian Mendoza, Multimedia Editor
Hey there! I see you stumbled across my staff profile! Well if you want to learn a bit about me read on!   I’m originally from the Bay Area, I came to Chico State to pursue my dream of becoming an investigative journalist. This is my fourth semester on The Orion. I’ve done some freelance work at a small paper called the San Leandro Times, was an election stringer for the Associated Press on Super Tuesday and am currently the multimedia editor of The Orion this semester.   When I am not busy dealing with The Orion or school, you can find me playing video games or doing some form of cardio. Follow me on Twitter for Chico State news @JulianMTheOrion or check out my website!

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