- Full Name Colion Noir
- Occupation Commentator, Pro-gun Rights Activist,
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Texas, USA
"I fight for many reasons, and it's safe to say that none is any more important than the others. There is simply no 'main' reason to me. That said, I can't think of anything more important than having an effective means to protect yourself, especially in a world where we are sold this idea of dependency, but live in a country based on self-reliance and self-sufficiency. We cannot let up in our battle for our right to self-defense, mainly because there are so many people dead-set against it. And many of them are just as adamant at trying to get rid of the Second Amendment as I am at protecting it!"
Colion Noir | Biography 2021Noir launched a podcast 'The Colion Noir Podcast,' in 2020
Colion Noir joined the gun rights advocacy organization National Rifle Association (NRA). His appointment embarked controversy among the gun and anti-gun communities about the association's ideology, which was presumed to be a 'white pro-gun establishment.' In an attempt to answer the people, the NRA published a survey that showed the demographics of its members. According to the report about the legal owners of guns in America, 31 percent were white, 15 percent were black, and 11 percent were Latinos, proving the diversity of the members. Noir had, however, accepted that he does not fit in the conventional demographic of the association.
Colion Noir is a Pro-gun rights activist and the official commentator of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Who is Colion Noir?
Colion Noir wanted to become an advocate from a young age and went on to study Doctor of Law (JD) at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. However, he was unable to pass his licensed bar exam after completing the degree.
While preparing for his exams, one of his friends took him to a shooting range and taught him how to use guns. Soon, he got hooked on the weapon and religiously followed the civil rights procured by the Constitution's Second Amendment.
With his passion for guns, Colion Noir opened a YouTube channel for educational and knowledge purposes. He began deliberating his opinions on gun rights and his familiarity with the weapon's usage. He also became a member and commentator of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
In 2016, Noir began a show called Noir TV Series under the NRA's networking TV. The show ended in 2019 after the channel's dissolution. However, he continued speaking for the NRA's agenda on civil-gun rights.
Subsequently, on his third attempt, Noir passed his bar exam and became a pro-gun rights activist and a supporter of the Second Amendment, which gives the right to the American citizens to own and bear arms.
Further, Noir launched an e-book and e-course on the safe usage and informative studies on guns. He also launched his official podcast, The Colion Noir Podcast, in 2020.
Early Life and Education
Colion Noir was born as Collins Idehen Jr. in 1983 in the southern area of Houston, Texas. His father worked as an executive chef, while his mother was a registered nurse.
He grew up amid the Barrio on Houston's southwest side, a Spanish Ghetto. He recounted that the area had many gang formations and his next-door neighbor moved more drugs out of his apartment than a CVS pharmacy.
Noir dreamt of becoming an attorney from a young age. So, after graduating from a local Houston high school, he joined the Political Science Bachelor's program at the University of Houston. Then, he received a Doctor of Law (JD) degree from the Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Passion on Weapons
After graduating from law school, it took three attempts for Noir to pass the bar exam. And during the time of failure and frustration, he indulged himself in learning to shoot guns and more about weaponry.
Noir had never seen a gun until he went to college. In 2005, his friend took him to a gun range, where he fired a Taurus gun of .40 Caliber.
Noir recounted his first shot as exhilarating as sky diving. From there, his passion for guns began. Initially, Noir was hesitant to disclose his interest on guns to his family. But, in time, he opened up to his parents about the AK-47 he kept in his closet for security purposes.
Subsequently, after that, he initiated a self-titled YouTube to spread gun literacy and the lifestyle with weaponry.
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Noir's YouTube channel gained a lot of attention, and he was invited to be a part of the gun rights advocacy organization National Rifle Association (NRA).
His appointment embarked controversy among the gun and anti-gun communities about the association's ideology, which was presumed to be a 'white pro-gun establishment.' Noir had, however, accepted that he does not fit in the conventional demographic of the association. But, he soon became a popular black commentator of the NRA.
In an attempt to answer the people, the NRA published a survey that showed the demographics of its members. According to the report about the legal owners of guns in America, 31 percent were white, 15 percent were black, and 11 percent were Latinos, proving the diversity of the members.
The NRA also made a public statement on the allegation of being an all-white organization telling that their agenda was beyond races. "…This is one tie that binds all of us together. The oldest civil rights organization in America...," it read.
The NRA began sponsoring Noir's YouTube videos, and he became one of the spokespersons of the 2014 NRA Convention, held in his hometown, Texas.
Later in 2016, Noir launched an NRA freestyle show called the Noir TV Series for the association's network, NRA-TV. He gave official commentaries and gun rights-related content on behalf of the NRA.
In 2019 the NRA-TV was dissolved due to legal issues and problems in financial tracking, putting an end to the show.
Advocacy and the Second Amendment
Noir received the bar exam results while he was in an NRA Convention.
He then started working for pro-gun rights and the retainment of the Second Amendment of the American Constitution. The Second Amendment, passed in 1791, gave the American citizens a civil right to own and bear arms.
In 2008, the Supreme Court interpreted that the civil right was limited to self-defense at home and prohibiting mentally ill and felons.
Noir claims that the freedom of owning and using weaponry is a form of protection, and the Amendment gives the civil right to protect oneself. He backed the movement and voiced his reason for owning a weapon as self-dependent and self-sufficient.
However, the Second Amendment had been highly criticized by anti-gun rights activists and some Presidential administrations. The anti-gun activists alleged that the amendment was passed for the benefit of the ones who for generations had enslaved black people. On the other hand, Noir clarified that the second amendment looked past the allegations of racism, and it is for the safety of 'All Americans.'
"In truth, the Second Amendment is for all Americans. In the Second Amendment where it states, 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms,' the 'people' refers to all of us—you, me, the white rural resident, the black inner-city resident, and all Americans in between."
Noir also defended the amendment, when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called it "racist," in July 2021. ACLU claimed, "Racism was the foundation of the Second Amendments and its inclusion of a bill of rights."
Denying the claim, Noir noted that the Second Amendment could not be called "racist," but rather the gun-control rights could allegedly be called so. He argued, "There are concrete facts that show that gun control has a history rooted in racism. [W]e are talking about a country that got its independence via a group of people coming together with their own arms to fight a tyrannical government, and then as a result of that, writing the Second Amendment so that we could continue to protect that country."
He further argued that the ACLU's "So the idea that the Second Amendment is racist is nothing but a red herring because if you can color the Second Amendment and make it seem like it is racist -- then anybody defending the Second Amendment is inherently defending racism."
Podcast and E-book
In 2020, Noir launched a podcast titled, The Colion Noir Podcast featuring various personalities for a monumental talk on guns and the Second Amendment. The first episode was released on 3 May. Noir also invites speakers from the congress for their deliberations on the rights of people.
Further, Noir has launched an instructional e-book and a course titled 'If I only had one Concealed Carry Gun.' He aims to educate, entertain, and offer a voice to responsible gun owners to use what they learn and learn about the protection of the Second Amendment rights in the real world.
In 2013, Noir, in his social media, openly stated that he was not comfortable sharing his personal information with the public.