“It’s a common myth that a good guy with a gun will protect us from a bad guy with a gun,” Murray added.
Murray and other Asian American activists across the country fear that those looking for a sense of security will choose to buy guns. Meanwhile, a new group wants to help Asians learn to handle and shoot handguns if they wish.
In New York City, two women were walking in Manhattan on Sunday when they were approached by a person wielding a hammer, police said. A woman in her 50s and a teenager were assaulted last weekend.
Cultural, ethnic and linguistic barriers impacted their ability to fully understand the problem, with a lack of multilingual resources and partnerships with local organizations, Pan said.
“If you’re an Asian American and you’re thinking about buying a gun, really try to think about it, rationally,” Pan said.
“You see videos of people being harassed and violence committed against them on the streets, but in your state it is likely that carrying a gun is illegal,” Pan added. “It is also possible that carrying a firearm can cause other unintended consequences that put you in danger.”
Caroline Fan, founder and president of the Missouri Asian American Youth Foundation, said members of her community, including first-generation immigrants, had asked her for help finding gun safety training courses in fire.
“I don’t think guns make us any safer. I understand fear. I really understand fear, but I just want our community to find other options,” Fan said.
Asian Americans don’t often talk about being affected by gun violence, Fan says, and it’s important to break the silence.
“I remember the sheer terror,” Fan said. “At the tender age of 18, I realized that there are people who are going to shoot us because we look different.”
Advocates warn of the risks to people who may not be fully trained to handle a firearm or store it properly.
“He (Ethan) died in the only place you play, unbeknownst to any of the other relatives in the community – where there were guns,” Song said. “It’s something I think about almost every day.”
“We will never, never, never, never have a gun in this house because we know what kind of tragedy it can lead to,” Song said.
More AAPI interested in guns, advocates say
Although there are no official estimates on gun purchases by Asian Americans, arms sales in America increased last year and remain at “unprecedented levels. “, according to the trade groups.
The Firearms Industry Trade Group crosses FBI data with actual sales figures provided by gun dealers to determine how many guns are sold each month.
Chris Cheng, a gun rights advocate and former History Channel “Top Shot” champion, responded to numerous emails and social media posts from Asian Americans looking to buy their first gun in fire in recent months.
More and more Asian Americans are realizing that they are their own “first level of protection” and cannot rely on law enforcement to be there to help them all the time, Cheng said.
Vincent Yu, one of the group’s co-founders, said he joined the group after seeing the lack of messages of solidarity and actions to support the AAPI community after the Atlanta spa shootings and the violent anti-Asian attacks. He wanted to have a positive impact in the community, he said.
Yu has owned a gun for several years because he is interested in shooting sports.
Scott Kane, another of the group’s founders, said he started considering starting a group months after his wife and daughter, who are Asian, were yelled at and spat out by a group of men walking past. pickup truck as the family walked on a San Francisco Bay Area Street.
“I started looking at personal defenses and options, which ultimately led to my first gun purchase,” Kane told CNN.
During this process, Kane noticed that there weren’t a lot of community-based resources available. The group wants to help others have “all the relevant information in advance before taking this important step,” he said.