BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – We know gun violence is a major problem, especially in Buffalo’s inner city. So, you may be surprised to hear that a gun club has made a comeback on the city’s east side.
It is meant to be community minded, and focus on safe gun handling, but at the same time empower the law abiding citizens of Buffalo’s inner city.
Aquil Quadir is a retired Buffalo police officer who has seen his share of gun violence. So, when some former members of an East Side Gun club recommended reviving the club, Aquiel agreed to be its president.
“We say that you are the first line of defense when it comes to your home and your family. The police are all well and good but they’re not in a position to protect you 24 hours a day, so that means it puts you in the position to have to protect yourself and your family,” said Qadir, Interim President of the Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club.
The Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club is made up of 75 men from Buffalo’s east side. They’ve been meeting for about six months, and practice shooting at the Niagara Gun Range in Wheatfield. The club is named for a black World War II hero, and its mission is community based to offer hunting and fishing as a sport, but also empower the law abiding citizens on streets where criminals sometime seem to be winning the battle.
Qadir said, “Anyone who is interested and concerned about protecting themselves and their family.”
“This is a wonderful idea,” said Budd Schroeder.
Budd Schroeder is chairman of the gun rights group SCOPE. He’s not phased by some who may think bringing more guns into east side homes is asking for trouble.
Schroeder said, “If the next 10 assaults, rapes, attempted murders ended up with the thug being the one who ended up in the morgue, I believe that would do more to have a peaceful society than if you double the size of the police force.”