On Friday, MSNBC host Toure took on what he said was a distinctly racial opinion piece in The Daily Caller by National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre. In that post, the gun rights advocate defended gun ownership by saying that guns are American’s only defense in a lawless, post-disaster environment. Touré said that the racial overtones in LaPierre’s post were evident and added that, had Newtown shooter Adam Lanza committed his atrocity in a predominately black school, there would be no “national conversation” about gun violence.
In an editorial segment on Friday’s The Cycle, Touré detailed the epidemic of gun violence in minority communities, particularly among African-Americans. He linked the high rate of gun violence among blacks to the broad support for gun control in the black community, as well as the fact that 83 percent of African-Americans tell pollsters that they do not own a gun while almost a majority of whites do admit to owning a firearm.