American gun control laws were created to prevent people of color from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. So it takes a special kind of idiot to suggest that racism is responsible for the lack of gun control laws. Natick, Massachusetts essayist Ben Jackson is the latest intellectually challenged Bay State liberal bent on using white guilt to sell civilian disarmament, asking Opioids And Guns: Does The Race Of Their Victims Drive How We Combat Them? Here’s how that one plays out . . .
Two epidemics. Thousands of deaths. So why aren’t our leaders attacking these crises with equal urgency, funding and legislation? Consider this data point: Guns claim a disproportionately high number of black lives, and opioids claim a disproportionately high number of white lives. While it is too simple to cite racism as the root of the disparity in treatment of these two scourges, are we wrong to ask whether, if the most affected populations were reversed, one or the other crisis would be getting different attention?
In 2013, for example, there were 17.8 gun deaths per 100,000 blacks versus 9.0 per 100,000 whites. In that same year, 17.6 white opioid users per 100,000 lost their lives, while 9.7 per 100,000 blacks did. Those stats are near perfect reverse images of each other.
So why are opioids, which arguably could be called a white problem based on the numbers, identified as a “disease” and an “epidemic” that merits social support and health care, while guns, which claim more black lives, are met with law enforcement and incarceration?
Clearly, Mr. Jackson believes “gun violence” in the black community is a sign of white privilege run amok. At best, he reckons the lack of “adequate” gun control — and/or overly harsh incarceration for firearms-related crime — indicates indifference to black suffering.
As stated above, he’s not entirely wrong. But suggesting that the “white establishment” has an obligation to create more and stricter gun control to stop firearms-related homicide in the black community is to suggest that racist policies cure crime. Which is exactly how we got here in the first place.