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Guns, Race and Murders

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 8, 2013

Both sides side of the gun debate agree that the killings using guns is a tragedy of epidemic proportion in the United States.  However, missing from the simplistic narrative created by the Left are reasons behind the increasing violence in our society.  For self-serving reasons the Left often blames the tools of violence instead of the criminals pulling the trigger.  They avoid intellectual discussions as to what is causing the increasing carnage for fear that such discussion may bring into question social programs and values promoted by Progressives over the decades.

Juan WilliamsSome of the Left, while in favor of gun control, have shown enough backbone to also have an open discussion into deeper issues behind the growing violence.  One is syndicated columnist, Juan Williams, an African-American columnist for the Hill and a Fox News analyst.  He recently published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled Race in the Gun Debate that raises important questions and offers staggering statistics that include:

  • Gun murders are the No. 1 cause of death for African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34.
  • In 2009 54% of all murders committed are of black people who only make up about 13% of the population.
  • Blacks are six times more likely than whites to be murdered and seven times more likely than whites to commit homicides.
  • In the past 34 years, over 44,000 black children were killed by guns, 13 times more than all the black people killed by lynching in 86-years between 1882 and 1968.

The disproportional number of minority victims to gun violence raises troubling questions concerning the current attack on gun rights by the Left.  Why was America so silent for so long on gun violence until recently when a white person murders white schoolchildren in basically an all-white town?  Why is the Left currently making the assault-style rifle the villain of guns when it is not the weapon of choice killing minorities in the inner cities?

While Juan Williams is an advocate of more stringent gun control, he at least has the courage to raise other significant issues that are needed in any realistic discussion of gun violence.  As William says:

“The shame and silence is enforced by civil-rights leaders who speak in support of gun control, but never about a dysfunctional gangster-rap culture that glorifies promiscuity, drug dealers and the power of the gun.”  And,

Almost 50 years ago, when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, the national out-of-wedlock birthrate was 7%.  Today it is over 40%.  According to the CDC, the out-of-wedlock birthrate for white children was just 2% in the 1960s.  Today it is 30%.  Among black children, the out-of-wedlock birthrate has skyrocketed from 20% in the 1960s to a heartbreaking 72% today,” correctly suggesting that deeper societal problems are at play in the growing violence.

Williams castigates Rev. Jesse Jackson for attacking the President when Obama suggested in 2008 that the black community must take on more personal responsibility.  While this Blog concurs, Obama, with the most important bully pulpit in the Country, should have the courage shown by Williams and open up a broader discussion on the violence and breakdown of family in the United States.  Unfortunately, political courage has not been an attribute shown by this President.


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