In a strong official statement on the National Rifle Association, a black congressman said that the recent police killings and the NRA’s silence on those killings proved an important point about the gun organization.

Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) held a press conference on Friday to address the recent shootings against two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police. Richmond expressed frustration about the fact that though Castile was a lawful gun-owner, the NRA has remained silent on his murder.

“One of the young men had a conceal-carry weapon, a permit and weapon which [the NRA] advocate[s] for. How do you advocate for that and then you watch the result of it? With a young black man who says ‘I have a permit,” which you advocated for and you sit by quietly?”

Then Richmond gets to the powerful heart of the issue concerning Castile’s gun-ownership and its role in his death:

“The last few days have clarified it for me that their Second Amendment concern is void of concern for African Americans.”


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at