If you try to talk about race as a factor in the criminal use of firearms, every Social Justice Warrior in sight will rush to condemn you, screaming epithets and slogans at the top of their lungs. Nevertheless, it's a very important factor. Guns America has just dared their wrath (and, I think, deserves our thanks) for publishing the results of a survey. It's titled 'The One Gun Violence Statistic that No One Wants to Talk About'. Here's an excerpt.
To quote from a recent Pew Study:
“A disproportionate share of gun homicide victims are black (55% in 2010, compared with the 13% black share of the population). Whites were 25% of victims but 65% of the population in 2010. Hispanics were 17% of victims and 16% of the population in 2010.”
It should be noted that men and boys make up the vast majority (84% in 2010) of gun homicide victims, as the Pew study reported. To give one an idea on how all that translates, while the No. 1 cause of death is car accidents for adults between the ages of 20 and 24, for black men the No. 1 cause of death is gun violence. Put another way, black males are four times more likely to be fatally shot than die in a car accident, according to the CDC.
Compared to their white peers, young black men are five times more likely to be gunned down.
One major problem the African American community faces is gangs. According to an FBI estimate, gangs account for around 13 percent of all homicides annually. Roughly 2,000 gang-related homicides against 15,500 total homicides nationwide between 2007 and 2011. That’s all homicides though, not strictly gun homicides.
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I’m going to do some rough estimates for the sake of simplicity. So, there are 11,000 gun homicides per year, on average, 15 percent or 1,650 of which are gang-related and maybe half of which or 825 involve black people. To put that in perspective, roughly 7.5 percent of the total number of gun homicides per year are black victims as a result of gang violence.
I’m not a social scientist and I’m not 100 percent confident in my math or my rough approximations, but the point I’m trying to make is that black people, specifically, young black men are disproportionately affected by gun violence as a result of gang activity. Forget the numbers for a moment, but if we accept this premise then we can come up with better solutions to solve the problem because arming more good guys won’t directly reduce gang participation (It’s not that I don’t support arming more good guys, I’m all for it, it’s just that as a gang-reducing enterprise I have my doubts about its efficacy) nor will inane policy measures like universal background checks (A recent study showed that criminals don’t typically purchase guns at gun stores, they use straw purchasers, borrow them from friends, steal them, etc.).
If we really believe, to use a popular phrase, “Black Lives Matter” then we ought to start having real conversations about how to save black lives. Sure, police brutality is an issue — the main focus of the BLM movement — but it’s not close to being on par with gang violence.
There's more at the link, including more very informative charts. Highly recommended reading.
As a former prison chaplain and visiting chaplain to a couple of law enforcement agencies, I'm here to tell you that those points are absolutely correct. I've seen it myself in everyday life. To assert that 'Black Lives Matter' without dealing with the reality that most black lives lost to criminal violence are lost because of the victims' own bad choices, and usually lost to members of their own race, simply ignores the facts.
I don't know what the answer is . . . or, at least, a politically correct answer. I know there's a practical answer, but it would never be accepted by the Social Justice Warriors, because it takes account of reality rather than their empty-headed social theories.