Gun Lobbyist: African-Americans Are 'Surly'

By Albert Lin

On his radio show Gun Owners News Hour, host Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, said that Black Americans are “surly” compared with the “African from Africa a very happy person.”

In an early January discussion with American Thinker writer Selwyn Duke about a number of topics, talk turned to Duke’s observation that the best Catholic priests are from Africa. Pratt took the opportunity to voice his opinion on the differences between Africans and African-Americans.

“Generally, the African from Africa is a very pro-American person, a very happy person,” Pratt said. “I know several, and they’re just always happy with a joke, a pleasant smile on their face, and they clearly don’t identify with the surliness that’s all too frequently the attitude of their fellow African-Americans here.”

There’s more. After Duke launched into a discussion on immigrationsaying, “The Africans who come [to the U.S.] in the first place, I would say, in general tend to be of a better stripe”Pratt suggested that Africans could teach African-Americans a thing or two. “[Africans] really stand apart,” Pratt said, “and hopefully they can approach some of their fellow Blacks and say, ‘Hey, buddy, you’ve got this all wrong, let me explain to you the way the world really works.'”

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Reaction on social media was surprisingly civil, whether due to Pratt’s lack of name recognition or to the outrageous nature of his comments:

On its website, Gun Owners of America describes itself as “a nonprofit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue.”

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