An army of gang bangers? — What could possibly go wrong?
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told thousands of followers Sunday he was planning to reach out to gang leaders to help “protect” the Nation of Islam.
That came at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention. Farrakhan, 79, renewed the call for blacks to pool money and buy as much land as possible, in order to “control means of production” and produce food and other goods, such as clothing.
Farrakhan said collectively owning land is a way for black people in America to prosper economically. The calls were part of a speech that lasted more than three hours and touched on topics including Libya’s Moammar Ghaddafi, U.S. Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel and a national push for gun control.
Farrakhan told a packed crowd of more than 7,000 people that national lawmakers are using Chicago’s violence epidemic to push for stronger gun control laws but said the second amendment has nothing to do with the spate of shootings in Chicago.
“The guns that every one of our young people have, are they legal? No!” Farrakhan said.
Instead, Farrakhan had a different idea for how to address gun violence. In addition to sending letters to black military leaders, Farrakhan said he planned to contact the city’s gang leaders to recruit gang members to “protect” any land the Nation of Islam may buy 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.”
But Farrakhan said gang bangers are “natural soldiers” and could be taught “the science of war” to become protectors of the Nation of Islam’s assets in the future.