A National Rifle Association board member, he also drew the condemnation of other black activists by arguing that gun control was “meant to deprive you of your freedom.”
Innis traced his hardline views to the murders of two of his sons — 13-year-old Roy Innis Jr., who was fatally shot while playing outside in 1968, and 26-year-old Alexander Innis, who was gunned down in 1982 in an apparent robbery.
“After the murders of my sons I did not want other parents to go through what I went through,” Innis told Newsday in 1993.
“My sons were not killed by the KKK or David Duke. They were murdered by young, black thugs. I use the murder of my sons by black hoodlums to shift the problems from excuses like the KKK to the dope pushers on the streets.””