Saturday, July 1, 2017

From The "Didn't See That Coming" Files

On checking the news this morning when I got up I saw an ominous headline, Arkansas club shooting: 25 shot as rap concert erupts in gunfire (it was "only" 17 this morning and didn't mention the rap concernt). On seeing a mass shooting at a nightclub my first thought was Muslim terrorism, as in Orlando. When the news made it clear that it was not terror-related I made the same leap of logic everyone else made and sure enough I was correct as usual. The shooting happened in Little Rock at a club called the Power Ultra Lounge and on looking up their Facebook page I was greeted with this image ironically promoting the very concert last night where the shooting occurred:

Wow. A mass shooting you say?

And there was a "dispute" that led to 25 people getting shot but apparently none fatally. How do you fire that many times in a crowded building and not kill anyone? Maybe stop holding your pistol sideways and your aim would improve.

Some would angrily assert that assuming the race of the victims and perpetrators based on a headline is a sign of a racist mindset. Normal people like me would retort that it was a pretty safe assumption based on a lifetime of experience. For example, as pointed out in this article from AmmoLand, The Truth About Gun Violence:
53% of all firearm-related murders are by black men under 30. That’s 3% of the population doing more than ½ of the killing....So let’s be blunt. Murders with guns a rare and an unlikely event unless you live in an inner city, are dealing drugs, or you belong to a gang.
The article largely uses terms like "Gang related murder"and "inner city" but we know what that means. If you remove the violent crime, especially murder, perpetrated by blacks and Hispanics, the violent crime rate in America would plummet. Of course we can't just wish it away and gun control only impacts law-abiding citizens, mostly White citizens, so it is clearly not the answer.

The U.S. doesn't have a gun violence problem. As the article points out more than half of all murders take place in 2% of U.S. counties and more than half of U.S. counties have zero murders.
Our problem isn't gun violence, our problem is violent minorities.
When people point to places like Australia and suggest that is the way forward for the U.S., I point out that Australia (at least for now) doesn't have the same demographic problems we do. That is why a place like Switzerland with wide-spread gun ownership has essentially zero gun violence. Switzerland is overwhelmingly White European and oddly enough they seem able to own guns without shooting each other in droves.

As long as we are unable or unwilling to talk honestly about the issues that really cause problems, instead of focusing on bogus narratives like police stalking young black men just minding their own business and shooting them, we will continue to see a misleading appearance that America suffers from an epidemic of gun violence caused by our "gun culture". The reality is that a nihilistic sub-culture that glorifies violence and the worst social behavior among a population that is a huge net drag on the U.S. is the root cause of a massively racially disproportionate violent crime problem.

If we want to reduce gun violence we should be focused on stamping out and ceasing to subsidize the worst behaviors in black and Hispanic "cultures" that contribute to the perpetuation of gun violence and concentrate our energy in calling out the real problems. When you have a concert featuring a bunch of rappers advertised by a poster of a thug pointing a gun, you should absolutely expect violence to break out. You should really only be surprised if it doesn't happen. Instead our cultural elites are focused on disarming law-abiding White citizens. It is almost as if (((someone))) fears an armed and informed White populace more than they do minorities gunning each other down in the streets.

We have a lot of really serious problems in this country. People like me owning guns isn't one of them.

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