By Michael Mullins
Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, spoke to thousands of followers in Chicago Sunday, addressing gun control, praising President Barak Obama’s re-ection, and outlining a proposal to enlist the city’s warring gangs to “protect” the Islamic organization.
Farrakhan, 79, told 7,000 followers he plans to reach out to Chicago’s gang leaders and enlist their services to “protect” the Nation of Islam in the future.
“All you gang bangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” Farrakhan said. “All your weapons are illegal and you’re using them like savages.”
Farrakhan suggested that such “gang bangers” are “natural soldiers” and when given proper instruction, they could be taught “the science of war” to protect the Nation of Islam.
The statements were reportedly made shortly after Farrakhan repeated his calls for blacks to pool their money and purchase as much land as possible, DNAinfo reported, as a way to “control means of production” necessary for survival.
On gun control, Farrakhan told his supporters that national lawmakers were using Chicago’s violence epidemic to mandate stronger gun control laws.
He argued that the Second Amendment had nothing to do with the high homicide rate in Chicago this past year.
“The guns that every one of our young people have, are they legal? No!” Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan called Obama’s re-election a significant historical milestone and went on to warn those in attendance that Obama’s victory does not guarantee prosperity for black people.
He said the governments viewed Ghaddafi as an “impediment” to their access to natural resources in Africa.
Farrakhan went on to suggest that the American government also wanted to see black leaders, like himself, go away.