The shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, over the weekend was a tragic reminder of just how dangerous it can be to walk around in a city that has a gun culture.
And it’s the perfect example of how far gun ownership is from being an everyday part of life in many American cities.
But for those of us who are more gun-friendly, Charleston is a great place to start.
While the city has historically been home to the Charleston Panthers, the local chapter of the group’s gun-rights organization, the Freedom Group, was formed in the late 1980s.
Today, the group holds annual gun safety events and provides gun training to local schools.
In Charleston, the NRA is proud to be a part of a thriving gun-ownership community.
Charleston residents have a very clear set of beliefs about gun ownership and gun safety.
There’s no question that gun ownership, particularly for people of color, is more prevalent in the city than in many other cities in the country.
“In a lot of ways, it’s an urban issue,” says John D. Hays, a professor at George Mason University who studies gun culture in the U.S. and Europe.
“I don’t think it’s about race, I think it has to do with economic status.”
Hays says that for many of Charleston’s gun owners, it is about economic status.
As Charleston has become more gun friendly in recent years, Hays says it has also become a more racially diverse city.
In Charleston, for example, Hys and his fellow city council member, Kevin Thomas, have come to realize that there are more black and Hispanic gun owners than there are white ones.
Hys says he has been working with some black residents to help them get gun licenses, as well as other ways to make their lives safer.
“We’re trying to work with those communities,” he says.
At the same time, though, the city is becoming more diverse in other ways as well.
The Charleston Police Department is trying to increase its outreach to black and brown people who are less likely to have access to guns.
The department is also expanding its outreach efforts to people who live in low-income areas of the city, which Hys said has made some residents feel less isolated.
Some of the most popular places for Charleston gun owners to gather are gun shows, gun shows and shooting ranges.
Dennis Wahl, a retired police officer who has been a member of the Charleston Police for nearly 25 years, says that in Charleston’s past, the police were able to build trust with the people there.
But he says the city’s new gun-control laws have created a greater sense of distrust between law enforcement and gun owners.
“It’s kind of like when you see the people who buy guns in this country, they’re just buying the guns because they’re scared of the police,” he explains.
Hes and others are now working with the city to develop a plan to create a community-based gun safety training program that is focused on the safety of Charleston residents.
For the past three years, the Free Charleston Foundation has been running a program that teaches students about gun safety through a series of workshops.
This year, the organization will host a community meeting on Saturday, April 24, at the Community College of Charleston in Charleston to discuss the program.
It will be the first time that the program has been held on the city council’s floor, according to Hys.
Other members of the Free Columbia Gun Safety Coalition plan to attend the meeting, and they hope to get a positive response from the city.