Gun Ownership In A Divided Nation: “How America Has Become An Armed and Angry Camp”

Gun merchants sold more than 2 million firearms in January 2021 according to the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF). January’s Capital Hill insurrection by Trump supporters, coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and last year’s nationwide civil unrest following the police killing of black youth were factors that contributed to a surge in gun sales. The Nation of Islam’s National Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad’s message “Divided Nation: Nation On The Brink of Anarchy”cited data on the distribution of small firearms showing that “the estimated total number of guns (both licit and elicit) held by civilians in the United States was 265,000,000 to 393,347,000”.

National Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad expounded on a recent article in The Final Call newspaper, “America Has Become An Armed And Angry Camp”, an excerpt from Farrakhan Speaks, “The Time And What Must Be Done” highlighting the words of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Reiterating The Minister’s words on the second amendment, he said “It must be understood at the time there was no well regulated militia.”  “You already have a “regulated militia” in the police, SWAT teams, sheriff’s department, the ATF, the FBI, the National Guard and federal troops” .

“The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad does not permit any member of The Nation of Islam to carry a weapon, not even as small as a pen knife”. “He taught us to sit down and settle our differences,” said Minister Ishmael Muhammad. Having a weapon can be used by police as a reason to go into the homes of black men and slaughter them. 

In 2018, the Small Arms Survey said “U.S. civilians alone accounts for 393 million (about 46 percent) of the worldwide total of civilian held firearms” These statistics amount to “120.5 firearms for every 100 residents”. The Nation of Islam’s Mosque Maryam posted on its twitter page @MosqueMaryam the gun ownership statistics cited by National Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, including his twitter page @Minishmael.


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