“At least three other times during the period studied by The Star, charges of possession by a serious violent felon were dropped against someone who later was charged with a gun-related homicide. All three of the brutal deaths occurred when the killers would have been in prison if they had been convicted on the earlier gun charges and given the advisory sentence.” And there you have it: the reason why “gun violence” is endemic in Indianapolis, Indiana, the home of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts. A “stay-at-home” Mom who has nothing to say about her hometown’s failed criminal justice system. She’s too busy trying to get the Kroger supermarket chain to ban open carry. Which raises another question . . .
Is Shannon Watts racist? If the Moms jefe was really concerned about reducing the number of firearms-related homicides in America, she’d be focusing her efforts on urban African-American communities. Because that’s where “gun violence” lives. Not in the gated communities and the Lady and the Tramp streets where her children live, as well the majority of her supporters.
When mapped, the geographies of gun violence concentrated themselves in isolated pockets of the city — small neighborhoods with predominantly black populations.
Papachristos said the crime statistics were no anomaly. From Boston to Stockton, Calif., research showed Chicago was representative of a larger trend in the U.S. It was similarly noted that disparities in obesity, education and poverty could easily be mapped to the same impoverished areas.
The above quote comes from Using Data to Combat Gun Violence [via govtech.com]. At no point does the article mention gangs, drugs or violent felons. The panel – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, ShotSpotter Senior Vice President David Chipman, Philadelphia Youth Commission Executive Director Jamira Burley and Yale University Sociologist Andy Papachristos – dance around these central indeed defining “data points” like a City banker avoiding a pile of poo.
Which is some trick.
Recent supporting statistical evidence of the disparity between black and white victims of gun violence was published in a Columbia University-authored study in August 2013. In a state-by-state analysis — taken from 2000-2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — research revealed that firearm related deaths are twice as high for African-Americans compared to Caucasians.
Landrieu said that in his opinion, such pervasive and repeating statistics aren’t just indicative of a problem for a minority population, but display a racial apathy from the governing majority.
The Mayor of New Orleans is not wrong. The Democratic governing majority of New Orleans – and other cities with large African-American and Hispanic populations – doesn’t give a shit about “gun violence.” They’re not ready, willing or able to address the fact that “gun violence” is almost entirely restricted to their communities’ criminal population. And that the systems designed to combat and control this group are both corrupt and ineffective.
As the Indy Star investigation reveals, the criminal justice systems where violent armed felons ply their trade singularly fails to lock-up firearms-wielding bad guys until it’s too late. And then not long enough. “Leandrew “L-Rock” Beasley, a drug dealer with a history of gun violence, took part in a wild and deadly shootout on the Northeastside not long after getting out of prison in 2012.” What more needs saying? Just this . . .
America is home to firearms-related homicides by domestic abusers. There are deadly negligent discharges too. Spree killers, even. But the numbers don’t lie. Providing we’re excluding suicides, America’s ballistic carnage has NOTHING to do with legal gun owners. It’s all about the gangs, who operate mostly (but not exclusively) in minority communities.
Anyone who doesn’t face that fact, anyone who justifies meaningless gun control laws in the name of public safety, is turning a blind eye to the suffering in America’s minority communities. Because they’re racists? What other explanation is there?