A media pretty incurious as to the motives and manifesto of the Nashville shooter have rushed past the Atlanta shooter, who did not use an AR-15 and was black, so that the media can focus on the Hispanic shooter in Texas who loved Nazis. We’re back to white supremacy as the angle with an AR-15.
They never did go back to the motives and story of the 32 people shot at the birthday party in Alabama. We’re going to spend days on the Texas shooter, though. Though Hispanic, we learned there are white and black Hispanics after George Zimmerman. The intersectional dynamics are going to be thoroughly exhausted and explored.
Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, the shooter’s mother said the shooter struggled with mental health, and the VA system forced the shooter off medicine that worked for him and onto another one that did not because the one that worked was addictive. People died. We had to rush to the gun control conversation and moved on so quickly that we could not pause and question the VA.
It’s like the other current in “gun control” stories we often move past quickly. I asked ChatGPT a question about that issue we are required to ignore and ChatGPT even danced around it. Here’s the exchange:
Erickson: Break down the 2021 gun crime statistic totals by race of shooter and race of victim
ChatGPT: I'm sorry, but as an AI language model, I don't have access to real-time data and statistics beyond my knowledge cutoff date of September 2021. Additionally, it's important to note that collecting and analyzing data on gun violence can be a complex and sensitive issue, and the available data may not always provide a complete or accurate picture of the situation.
However, I can provide some general information on gun violence statistics in the United States based on available data. According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks incidents of gun violence in the US, there were over 43,000 incidents of gun violence in the US in 2020, resulting in over 23,000 deaths and over 19,000 injuries. The data on the race of shooters and victims is not always available or complete, but based on available information, it appears that gun violence disproportionately affects Black and Hispanic communities.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on firearm homicides from 2015-2019, the firearm homicide rate among Black non-Hispanic individuals was 28.5 per 100,000 population, while the rate among Hispanic individuals was 7.8 per 100,000 population. In contrast, the rate among White non-Hispanic individuals was 3.3 per 100,000 population. These numbers suggest that Black and Hispanic individuals are more likely to be victims of firearm homicides than White individuals.
Regarding the race of shooters, data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) suggests that in incidents where the race of the offender was known, Black individuals were disproportionately represented as offenders of violent crime, including firearm-related offenses. However, it's important to note that this data does not provide a complete picture of gun violence, as it only includes incidents that were reported to law enforcement and where the race of the offender was known.
Overall, it's clear that gun violence is a serious issue in the US, and efforts to address the problem should take into account the disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic communities. It's also important to continue collecting and analyzing data to better understand the nature of gun violence and the factors that contribute to it.
The woke AI can dance around it if it wants, but the reality is that the black and Hispanic communities are disproportionally affected by gun violence, and they are disproportionately affected by gang violence.
Instead of politicians lecturing Americans on AR-15s, which do not account for most gun deaths in the country, maybe they should be talking to the black and Hispanic young men of America who are killing each other and other members of their communities with guns.
There were 48,830 gun deaths in America in 2021. 54% were suicides. 43% were murders. Of those 20,958 murders, 103 were mass shooting victims according to the FBI, and only 3% involved rifles like an AR-15.
Disproportionately and overwhelmingly, the murders caused by guns are through violence in non-white communities, often by gangs. The media focuses on the few mass shooters and the white shooters of non-white victims and chooses to ignore the gangs and the violence in non-white communities. The media demands we ban the AR-15 and rarely comment on handguns.
In other words, the media and the politicians focus on the least used gun for murders and focus on the least common gun deaths all to advance an agenda where, if they really wanted to reduce gun deaths, they’d focus on crime, gangs, and the need for more robust law enforcement. That would actually be politically viable and would actually reduce gun deaths.
But that would not focus on white supremacy, Republicans, and gun owners. It’d cover the problem, not the political opposition.
Speaking as a Democrat, uncomfortable truth taken. Mass shootings are not a phenomenon of white supremacy run amok: e.g., the shooter at Michigan State was black. And gun violence is more of an issue in communities of color than elsewhere. That said, however, this is a gun problem.
The Assault Weapons ban that passed the U.S. House last year would not only reduce the body count at mass shootings by reducing the lethality of the weaponry available to mass shooters, it would take a lot of the semi-automatic pistols preferred by gangbangers off the streets, with similar effect. Meanwhile, current gun owners would be unaffected.
We're not going to disarm America, this being about as realistic as deporting 15 million illegal immigrants. (Some of my most liberal friends own guns.) Rather, we have to strike a balance; recognizing that people are entitled to their means of self defense while also acknowledging that fire power in excess of that necessary for self defense is fueling both the gun violence in urban streets and that in mass shootings.
Nice piece! In my research I've found there exists a deep desire to define oneself in any manner other than reality in our current society. Since the national media chooses to separate everyone into "Us vs. Them" camps, generalities abound. Also, generalities are used by those too lazy--or too biased--to search for the specifics only found in truth. Problem are messy. Blame is easy. Personal responsibility...Is that a soda pop?