‘That’s the joke’: Gun instructor’s irreverent, non-PC lessons for black and white people NOT well received

At the annual Las Vegas CCW event, held last week at the Clark County Library, Nephi “Khaliki” Oliva put on a lively gun safety demonstration that has everybody talking for all the wrong reasons.

Oliva, the founder and CEO of Vegas CCW—who also styles himself a comedian—presented slides aimed at special gun safety rules, including “Firearm Safety for Black People,” and “Firearm Safety for White People.” Predictably, given today’s climate of racial hypersensitivity, the slides went over like a lead balloon.

The slide targeted to black people depicted a racy caricature of a black man, with saggy pants, a red bandana over his face, and holding a gun sideways. Oliva then read off a few humorous bullet points: “ALWAYS shoot the gun right side up;” “ALWAYS lick the chicken grease off your fingers;” “ALWAYS make sure there’s a white person around so you have someone to blame for everything that goes wrong in your life;” “ALWAYS aim for small children to ensure you actually hit another gang member.”

He then presented a slide with a caricature of a pot-bellied white redneck, with a bushy beard and a trucker hat. “ALWAYS put your beer down before handling a firearm,” Oliva read, “ALWAYS keep your finger out of your nose while shooting;” “ALWAYS wear a wife beater on the range;” “ALWAYS make sure there are no minorities in your backdrop.”

That last one elicited quite a few groans from the audience.

Although many of the attendees laughed at the risqué jokes, quite a few people took immediate offense and denounced the slides, questioning their relevance to a class for concealed carry permits. But Oliva, who has been the lead instructor at Vegas CCW for over four years, told local news station KSNV that his intention was “to take a very mundane subject that gets forgotten very easily but is very important and making it memorable by shocking their system. Always keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction, that’s the joke.”

Naturally enough, many on social media didn’t get the joke. Twitter erupted with many accusing Oliva—who is himself of Afghan descent—of being a racist, a white supremacist, and just generally a horrible person. Conveniently, those who denounced Oliva cherry-picked from his presentation, focusing entirely on the “Firearm Safety for Black People” slide, while omitting any mention of the one on white people.

Later in the class (in another clip that just happened to be overlooked by his critics,) Oliva mentioned his thoughts about racism.

“I think racism is funny,” he explained to the audience. “In order to be a racist you’ve got to be so ignorant. To me, racism is about fear. I fear you so I want to try to control you because I’m afraid that if you are left to your own devices you will rise above me. When somebody talks about the racist s***, I think they’ve revealed themselves in a way that is quite humorous to me.”

Unfortunately for Oliva, his comments come at a moment in American history when taking offense has been perfected as an art form. Even the library where the event was hosted felt the need to weigh in.

“Library District condemns hate speech in any form and will be meeting to review our room rental policy,” a library spokesperson told KSNV. “The group in question rented a meeting room from the Library District and it is in no way connected to our organization, beliefs, or views.”


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