Last updated on: 4/27/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Al Sharpton Biography

Title:
Baptist Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Position:
Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
Reasoning:

“Gun supporters and advocates always champion the 2nd Amendment and our right to bear arms. But this right doesn’t mean that everyone should possess a weapon. It doesn’t mean guns should be so readily accessible to the least stable among us. And it doesn’t mean that we don’t need stricter gun laws to keep them out of the hands of criminals and those with a complete disregard for human life. Perhaps the fierce gun proponents need to take a walk in our neighborhoods, where young children have to dodge bullets just to get an education, or where mothers and fathers spend sleepless nights figuring out ways to keep their families safe…

[W]e cannot continue to bury our precious ones. Life is indeed short, but let’s not make it shorter by killing one another needlessly. Get guns out of the community and stop them from ever finding their way back in. Together, we can save ourselves — and the next generation.”

“How to End Gun Violence? Get Guns off of the Street,” www.huffingtonpost.com, Oct. 27, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Host, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, 2011-present
  • Host, Keepin It Real, Aug. 13, 2007-present
  • Candidate, Democratic nomination for US President, 2004
  • Baptist Minister, Feb. 7, 1994-present
  • Founder and President, National Action Network, 1991-present
  • Tour Manager, James Brown, 1973-1980
  • Youth Director, Shirley Chisholm Presidential Campaign, 1972
  • Pentecostal Minister, 1963-1988
  • Education:
  • Attended, Brooklyn College, 1973-1975
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    212-690-3070
    Email
    Online Contact Form
    Website
    National Action Network biography
    Other:
  • Twitter handle: @TheRevAl
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?