Blacks, Guns & Crime


In case you are unfamiliar with Juan Williams, he used to be on NPR, the liberal radio network and they fired him over a comment he made. He is now on Fox News Network as the balanced side of liberal opinions. There is a great deal of truth in this email. Mr. Williams deserves credit for even mentioning it.

Blacks, Guns & Crime

Juan Williams, a black commentator, wrote an interesting article recently entitled “Race and the Gun Debate.” (Wall St. Journ, Mar 27, 2013) Among the statistics he cites are that 54% of all murders involve black victims, virtually all of whom were killed by black murderers, and yet blacks comprise only 13% of the population.

These are familiar numbers, but, as Williams points out, although more than half the “gun problem” can be laid at the feet of blacks, the gun debate never seems to mention this. If it were mentioned, the obvious thought that might occur is maybe it’s blacks that need to be regulated and not guns.

Three years ago I wrote the following in the prologue to my book They Came For Our Guns, They came For Our Freedom:

“The single most important factor that has caused the political left to demand an end to private firearms ownership is that the underclass has, over the last fifty years, expanded exponentially, bringing with it an exponential increase in crime. Many of these criminals come from the single-parent families encouraged by the welfare system, a dysfunctional government give-away favored by the far left. The absence of fathers has led large numbers of children to seek gangs as a substitute for parenting not available at home. Not content with having created an entire class of welfare-bred criminals, the political left now seeks to protect this underclass by rendering ordinary citizens defenseless against crime perpetrated by these criminals.”

In sum, both blacks and whites are part of this criminal underclass, but, as Juan Williams points out, blacks, a 13% minority, are doing 54% of the killing and dying. That needs to be said.

Why is this happening? According to Juan Williams, the out of wedlock birth rate for blacks is now 72%. This leads to more than 70% of black mothers being on welfare raising more than 70% of black children without fathers.

That’s part of the problem. Another part, Williams says, is:

“a dysfunctional gangster-rap culture that glorifies promiscuity, drug dealers and the power of the gun.”

So now we have black culture of violence financed by the welfare system producing what are – by any measure – distorted values. One might think this needs to be addressed.

Not so. The President of the United States recently invited the gangster rapper Jay-Z to his inauguration. Jay-Z is the black poster boy for the value system that Juan Williams says is destroying the black community. Inviting him to the presidential inauguration is, by implication, an endorsement of the mindlessness characteristic of Jay-Z and his supporters.

But Obama is not a moralist. He is a politician who panders himself to the black vote and avoids criticizing the criminal culture that has enslaved his people. Obama made no move toward gun control until a white madman killed young children at Sandy Hook . In Obama’s mind, that single act instantly transformed the “gun problem” into a white (not black) problem. It is about white misconduct, not about blacks, black culture or black behavior.

Guess what. It’s still about blacks. They are victims and killers in disproportionate numbers. An occasional white maniac does not erase that. People who want to reduce homicide by gun need to focus on curbing a black culture that has caused the problem in the first place.

Banning guns to cure black murderousness, crime and cultural deficiencies is like banning popsicles to deal with an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

21 thoughts on “Blacks, Guns & Crime

    • It is that exact attitude that will never allow the problem to be discussed. From your comment , i have to ask if you feel that once a person gets government assistance it should be for life.
      I did see an outline of a starting point for a reasonable discussion. As long as Uncle Sam is (an absent) daddy who do young black males look to as a role model. Millionaire athletes? Gangsta Rappers, with bitches ‘n’ ho’s, and drugs and bling.
      If that 70 % number is accurate, then we can start by discussing a REALISTIC program to help them off of welfare and into some self sufficiency. I don’t see that as anti anything. Many government programs seem designed to keep people down instead of helping them up.
      Don’t know Jay Z, and can’t comment on his music or lifestyle.

      • This is not a black or white problem. The majority of those of public welfare are WHITE. Whites are also the grand majority of the perpetrators of suicides. But we blame that on mental illness. There is a definite problem in our culture when it comes to guns and poverty. it is not a white or black issue though. it is everyones issue.

  1. “Jay-Z is the black poster boy for the value system that Juan Williams says is destroying the black community.”

    Let’s see, as the owner of multiple businesses, married, and a guy who lives with his wife and child, he sounds more stable than most of the regulars here. But, yeah, he is black. And he may be a vampire, or a member of the Illuminati:

    • Yeah James, I tend to agree with his ‘stability’ as you state it, but my oh my how hypocritical is it of him to pander the group described above, as described above.

      You might want to watch some of his offerings.

  2. You conservatives lack so much insight. If you look at out of wedlock rates, they started to increase in the 80’s the glory age of Reagan. Why? tell me how you are supposed to create a functional society when there is a growing number of have nots. Lets admit it, it is a lot cheaper to be a deadbeat dad than a married father with his family. When there is unemployment and the best wages you can get are in the single digits it is hard to raise a family. Single parenthood is not a cause of poverty but a symptom of poverty. Instead of talking about poverty, conservatives blame a lack of morals and degeneracy. The issue is the economy, the most important factor of a society.

    This article says crime has increased exponentially, but it in fact has gone down.

    • I do not know what stats you are looking at, but I recall seeing stats from a govt. site that showed the rise of out of wedlock rates to be after after LBJ. (Note to self: hunt that down….)

      If it is cheaper for a man to be a deadbeat dad rather than a married father, what does this speak on his character? Personally, I think the one impoverished is the dad who opts for the “deadbeat” path. There are a plethora of fiscally poor “married” dads with an extreme wealth because of the love for their children. Just my opinion…..

    • If poverty doesn’t motivate you to get off your ass and do something, you may be unable to be motivated.

      “Lets admit it, it is a lot cheaper to be a deadbeat dad than a married father with his family. When there is unemployment and the best wages you can get are in the single digits it is hard to raise a family.”
      And a lack of concern for the well being of your offspring is morally reprehensible.
      I worked two jobs while finishing school to provide a home for my wife and child. And you are correct, it would have been easier to walk away. I didn’t. I supported the children that I helped to create, because I loved them and cared about their well being.

      To paraphrase Thomas Edison: most people don’t recognize opportunity when it knocks, because it is dressed in coveralls and looks like work.

  3. Of course the majority of welfare recipients are white…they are the majority demographic in the population. The article said nothing about suicides (again, more whites, more white suicides), but about murder. Black on black murder, in fact, and how its numbers are disproportionate to the percent of blacks in the population. Look at prisons…more than half of the prison population in America is black, a demographic that only makes up 12% of the US population. It is not an issue of minimum wage – less that 1% of the population gets paid that, and most of those are teenagers. It is VERY CLEARLY a culture problem, and to call it something else is dishonest.

    I guess since Juan Williams, a black man, brought it up, that he’s racists, too? The funny thing is, many liberals, oops, I’m sorry, Progressives, throw the “racist” term around pretty freely, and most probably don’t even understand the word’s definition. A can choose not to associate with certain people because I don’t like the music they listen to, the places they hang out with and the way they dance. Doesn’t make me a racist. It makes me culturally difference. And is that, after all, what Progressives seek? A culturally diverse society?

  4. @McPherson…from your posted NYT article.. “It is true that blacks are much more likely to be imprisoned than other groups in the United States, but that is not a particularly distinctive phenomenon. Minorities in Canada, Britain and Australia are also disproportionately represented in those nation’s prisons, and the ratios are similar to or larger than those in the United States.”

    So again, I argue, cultural issue or racial issue. Seems to be a pretty universal “phenomena”.

    • Respectfully,

      While the assertion may have been true in the past, it is not true today.

      From professional experience working in a large metropolitan as a defense attorney in the criminal justice system,

      The assertion; “blacks are more likely to be locked up than whites” is false.

      Please see my comment above outlining the punishment process for convicted persons.

      • Blacks by percentage of population commit more crimes, so therefore, they actually are locked up more than whites—by percentage but not by total population. If I’m correct. And those that are out committing those crimes should be locked up.

  5. I don’t know what the percentage of the Panama City/Bay County population is black, but I asked a BCSO detective what was the arrest percentage. He didn’t have an official number, but his guess was that twice as many blacks are arrested daily as all others combined. That was “arrested” not imprisoned, so if the prison population is half black, it doesn’t sound like a disproportional amount of blacks are “convicted” here.


      “The arrest information and pictures presented here as a public service are provided by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. They appear in the order they are received, Monday through Friday.”

      In summary, just going through the first 120 mugshots the ratio of arrests is from what I counted:

      25-black 9-hispanic 86–white


      86 white 34-non-white.

      This was just a basic count using appearance and/or last name as the race identifier. This was just taken this morning counted by myself. Blacks are incarcerated at a much higher percentage per population rate than any other race. That’s a fact for whatever reason that may be (eg., actual guilt, wrongful arrest, etc). But in this case specifically, it seems that over the past 24 hrs, M-Fr, or whatever the time period may have been that these arrests occurred, whites by far were arrested more than all the other races combined not the other way around.

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