Weerd at Weer’d World would like to have a national discussion, but not necessarily completely about guns.
Instead, he’s asking for a discussion regarding the disproportionate – massively disproportionate – representation of blacks in crime stats.
There seems to be a cultural problem among black families in America. Perhaps there’s too much dead-end “hip hop” / “gangster” culture, or perhaps it’s too many fatherless families or any number of a host of issues.
Blaming guns for the violence committed by these young men is not going to make this problem go away.
Still I’d like to step into dangerous waters for a second. The antis keep crowing that we need a “National Discussion on Guns”. Well we had that over a decade ago, and people decided that guns were something we should embrace, not shun. The public safety numbers show this was 100% the correct move, even if you don’t believe in a natural right to defensive arms.
Still there is something we need to have a national discussion on:
I don’t mean this in any coy or agenda-based way, I also have no idea about solutions to this. I do believe this shouldn’t be a “Dirty racist discussion”.
Why are blacks such a massively disproportionate representation of violent crime numbers, despite their minority status? Why is it the most dangerous states the ones with the greatest black populations?
I would say there is a cultural problem with violence, but I see no easy way to tackle this problem. But I don’t think it should be the do-not-touch topic it is.