The silence from the NRA is troublesome yet unsurprising. The only time I can think of when the NRA has willingly supported restrictions on firearms is when the Mulford Act in California was passed in response to scary black guys going around openly carrying long arms.
This raises the question is the NRA a racist organization?
They undoubtedly support the rights of white conservative Republican voters and any hint of a restriction on their right to buy a firearm meets strong opposition. In the case of Castile, when it comes to the second amendment rights of a black presumably liberal Democrat voter, they do not feel the necessity to even make a statement beyond the lame “let’s wait for the facts” cop out.
The NRA does, at best, minimal acknowledgement of black gun owners. They do not reach out to the urban areas of high minority populations preferring the mostly white rural areas. They do not attack gun control laws that affect minorities with the same effort as they do on the ones that affect white conservatives.
Amid the national fury over the death of Philando Castile at a traffic stop in July — a shooting made more horrific by his girlfriend’s Facebook Live broadcast of his final moments — some condemned the National Rifle Association’s near silence on the matter.
The organization had been quick to defend other gun owners who made national news. Castile had a valid permit for his firearm, reportedly told the officer about the gun to avoid a confrontation, and was fatally shot anyway after being told to hand over his license.