U.S. Black Chambers Adds To President Obama’s New Executive Actions On Gun Violence

Chamber calls for policies that protect and support the growth of black-owned enterprises

Ron Busby Sr., president, U.S. Black Chamber

Ron Busby Sr., president, U.S. Black Chambers Inc.

Recently, the White House released a fact sheet outlining new executive actions to reduce gun violence. Upon reviewing the fact sheet, Ron Busby Sr., president of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., spoke out about a missing element.

“The correlation between economic disparity and gun violence is grossly missing from the national conversation on gun control,” says Busby.” The reality is the economic conditions facing the majority of black Americans leaves them vulnerable to crime and targets for police brutality.”

He went on say that “serious policies must be put in place to alleviate the economic conditions of those most impacted by gun violence. Policies that support the growth of black-owned enterprises, in an effort to create economic growth in communities devastated by crime and economic disparity.”

The USBC is a proponent of gun reform and promotes increasing Black-owned businesses as a logical and common sense approach to alleviating crime that is brought on by economic conditions. Last month in the nation’s capitol, Busby joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and local leadership to speak out against gun violence. This isn’t just a Black community issue, it’s an American issue that hinders America’s moral fabric and economic development, stated Busby.

“In order for there to be a healthy America, leadership and policy makers must do better to protect its citizens from gun violence as well as create an environment for businesses to thrive. Black-owned businesses simply cannot thrive under current gun-violence conditions.”

Through the creation of resources and initiatives, the USBC supports African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises. The USBC is an association of more than 100 self-sustaining viable Black Chambers and small business associations nationwide and serves close to 250,000 small businesses.

  • Wibbins

    ““serious policies must be put in place to alleviate the economic conditions of those most impacted by gun violence”

    “We need more of the same policies that haven’t worked for the past 60 years”

  • TexTopCat

    Yes, the law abiding good guys that happen to be black (or any other skin color) should have a means to have the tools required for self defense. The poor neighborhoods can not be made safe without the good guys that live in them being part of the solution.
    So, I would suggest that local police departments offer high quality gun training and gun practice sessions for their citizens at low cost. Maybe, tax free days for ammo and gun purchase.
    As a side effect, it would also assist in better communications between the community and the police.

  • getfreight

    Why not treat the root cause of the issue as you would solve a problem in your business?

    If your business has a problem or you have a medical problem, the solution is to identify the root cause and address it directly. You do not attack a symptom and believe that the problem has been solved.

    Violence is the problem you wish to address above, not “gun violence”. And99% of the earth’s population since the beginning of time has lived in poverty and remained non-violent. The cause of violence is a choice to commit violence. Address the true problem.