Originally Posted by MJ1970
I'm sure it is.
I suspect the statistics would bear the truth of that. However, you'd likely be called a racist if you said that out loud as a journalist or politician in the US. The important question here is "Why?" I suspect most gun violence in the US is gang and drug-trade related. So the US, through it's laws, has created a new prohibition which has created new violence. Add to that the continual ratcheting up of the cost employing young people through various government laws and you have young people (disproportionately black and Hispanic and poor) with far fewer legitimate and gainful and legal employment prospects turning to gang activity and illegal drug-trade. Nice job America.
You're looking at symptoms. Start looking at deeper causes and things look more interesting. And it looks like the government is causing these problems, indirectly, through the unintended consequences of its other freedom restrictions. Again, how ironic is that?
Yes. I know that's the philosophical basis of leftist income tax policy.
These things need to be done first.
I watched a documentary by Storyville recently called "The House I Live In". You might find it interesting, if you've not seen it already. It certainly shows how brutal government policy has been on blacks. Reagan though didn't help, and I believe you may well have voted for him. Did you?
American's own over 300 million guns, so they're not going away any time soon, unless a very clever metal detector can be used to scan wide areas. A sensible policy would be to do just that. Scan everywhere, take all the guns, and then only issue guns to those who properly apply and are successfully vetted to own a gun. The guns that were confiscated would only be given back to those who passed. Guns, like AR15's and other semi-autos would not be given back. The whole process would probably take about 6-12 months and the the legally owning gun owners of America would be safer than ever. A win win for all.
The above graph shows blacks 10-24 year olds homicide rate of 60.3 per 100,000. The following table shows the firearm homicide rate per 100,000 from around the world. The highest on the list are El Salvador and Jamacai with about 28 per 100,000. In the US about 75% of murders are committed by firearm, so the US black rate of firearm homicides would be about 47 per 100,000. That means US black males aged 10-24 years old murder rate is nearly twice as high as the worlds most dangerous countries.
Table of firearm murders per 100,000 worldwide- http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list
Pretty shocking for supposedly the greatest country in the world. Everyone in the media should be pointing it out. It's far from racist to do so. We need to see how bad things really are, to try and jolt people to take action to stop it. It's an American disgrace.
Edited by Hands Sandon - 3/21/13 at 10:31am