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During a discussion about increased gun ownership among black women in America on Tuesday, ABC’s “The View” guest co-host Sherri Shepherd revealed that she recently became a gun owner and that the decision has left her feeling “empowered.”
“I bought a 9MM gun,” Shepherd proudly announced on the show as some in the audience gasped and even chuckled.
“I don’t know why you’re laughing,” she shot back jokingly.
Shepherd, a single mother, went on to explain that she purchased the firearm to better protect her children after feeling “helpless” during last year’s riots.
“During the quarantine, I felt really helpless,” she told co-host Joy Behar. “I felt like Jeffrey would look at me like he was so scared. I get these little alerts in my neighborhood app about … a march through the neighborhood, and I started feeling like how am I going to protect my son if something happens?”
The actress said that she and a few friends purchased firearms from a black-owned gun shop in California. The group of friends proceeded to take the proper lessons and continue to practice proper handling of the weapon.
“I felt very empowered when I bought this gun. I took lessons. I took the test. I go to the range with my girlfriends like every other week, and it just makes me feel like at least if something happens, I can protect my child,” she said.
While Shepherd’s story likely resonated with countless Americans who own guns as a way to defend themselves and their families, her liberal fellow co-hosts felt much different and made sure to let her know.
Co-host Sunny Hostin acknowledged that many of her black female friends have also purchased guns during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she noted that she personally doesn’t think buying a gun is a good decision.”I know the statistics, and that when you do have a gun in your home, you are more likely to kill a loved one or a relative and the suicide rate goes up in your own home when you have a gun,” Hostin argued.She went on to add that many black Americans have likely armed up […]
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