No Clarion Calls For Gun Violence Impacting Blacks

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  • It’s been at least 20 days since the massacre of 20 school children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    That’s enough time for the hysteria to have died down, at least somewhat, and enough time to talk about something OTHER than gun control.

    The kneejerk response to the Newtown shooting has been repeated calls for gun control. CNN on-air personality Piers Morgan went above and beyond the call of duty in this, spending at least an entire week on a nightly anti-gun rant.

    Morgan implied that some Americans value owning guns more than they value “protecting our children,” hinted that the Second Amendment should be repealed and said outright that he wanted every gun in America removed.

    Other commentators didn’t froth at the mouth quite as much as CNN’s resident cheeky anchor, but none talked about the other issues surrounding Newtown that warranted serious discussion. And yes, race was one of them.

    I’ll cut straight to the chase: 19 white kids and one young Latina being fatally shot in Newtown is indeed a tragedy of epic scope, but black kids in Chicago were getting shot throughout all of 2012.

    Let me repeat that, for the benefit of Piers Morgan – who, to my knowledge, hasn’t done a single show about the Chicago Carnage of 2012 – BLACK KIDS IN CHICAGO WERE SHOT THROUGHOUT ALL OF 2012.

    When 7-year-old Heaven Sutton was gunned down as she sold candy and snow cones on her Chicago block – a shooting that took her life – there were no clarion calls for more gun control laws from Morgan, President Obama or anyone else.

    So it’s been business as usual in America in this respect: the shooting of white kids in affluent suburban areas induces hysteria and calls for more gun control; the shooting of black kids in inner-city Chicago is regarded as no big deal.

    The racial disparity in the reaction is obvious; more insidious is the other matter that seems to be off the discussion table: class.

    Anyone have any idea how much an AR-15 rifle like the one Adam Lanza allegedly used in the Newtown rampage costs?

    I’ve heard a low estimate of $1,400, and a high one of $2,500.

    Let me take a quick poll: BAW readers, how many of you, after paying rent or mortgage, utilities, the car note, car repairs, gasoline, food and household, medical bills and heaven knows what else have a spare $1,400-$2,500 in your bank account or just lying around your house to buy an assault rifle?

    Yeah, I thought so.

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    9 thoughts on “No Clarion Calls For Gun Violence Impacting Blacks

    1. Gregory Kane — big surprise — another racist that writes for BAW. People we need to move past the race stuff. God made us all equal, in his image. The problem isn’t race and it isn’t money. It is values, it is how we treat each other. Gregory Kanes wants to treat whites like garbage but then he wants them to treat him with respect. How many of us have done this. We need to defeat the racism in our hearts and at home first then work to destroy it elsewhere.
      Gregory Kane implies that AR-15 are expensive and only whites can afford them. So since we can’t afford it the whites shouldn’t have it either. Unfortunatley Kane didn’t do his homework. If you search you can find a AR-15 for 500 to 800. 1500 to 2000 is very expensive for a AR-15. For that money you are getting ripped off or you are paying for a highly customized gun.
      I know that it is surprising that I being a black man supports gun rights. I do so because……
      The problem isn’t guns but moral decline in this country. Get rid of guns and the good people will just be sitting ducks.
      The problem is also mental illness that doesn’t get treated properly.
      THe 2nd amendment was put in their for a reason. If you don’t believe me research the crime rates of other countries that have banned all guns.
      Especially look at Russia (stalin) and Germany (Hitler) and look at what they did after they insited on everyone registering the weapons. After regestration they went around to take all the guns and shot anyone who didnt hand them over. Then they enslaved thier people.
      Chicago has some of the most strict gun laws in the nation. Yet they have the highest gun violence. What if Chicago had a conceal carry law. Could mabey would be gangstas think twice about pulling a gun out in a city where they don’t know who else is armed.

    2. Since when is blacks killing blacks an interest for whites to solve. Blacks are doing what the white’s do not have to do anymore. Blaming the President for not fixing it is not the answer. Private prison control full of young blacks and wanting better education all seem like personal problems, to me. Asking whites to fix your personal problems is a master/slave mentality. Fix it yourself!!! Take responsibility of your children. Teach your self and children about gangs, drugs and all the other social ills we have neglected to instill in our children. Mostly, teach them LOVE and self respect of self and others. These may sound like simple solutions but it is a start.

    3. While many of the points made in this column are well taken, the one thing that is missing is Black people are not outraged over the killing that is going on in our own communities when the killers are other Black people. We marched in Florida; where are the marches in Chicago? We are as much a part of the problem as anyone, and it’s time for us to own up to it.

        • My point was not that black people need to be marching. I am in no way a proponent of marches…. My point was where is the outrage from black people when black people kill one another? I simply referred to the Florida march as an example of how black people responded en masse to a shooting perpetrated by a person of another race/ethnicity.The commentator was questioning why there has been no similar public outcry to shootings in black communities as we saw in Newtown–or at least that is the way I read it. I wholeheartedly agree with your point that black people need to be handling the business of raising our children. I also think we must demand accountability within our communities and fight for the change that we desire to see, whether the broader public or politicians share the concern. The Florida march, and others like it, have shown that black people have the capacity to come together and be heard. We need to make the same noise in our own communities.

    4. It is rather obvious that “black ghetto America” doesn’t count. Has little to contribute to political campaigns. The middle class, even middle class blacks, are reluctant to address the real issues involved. It just may cost too much and take resources from their own neighborhood projects. One just has to look at the other headlines under this post to realize America is more interested in celebrities and reality TV than solving racial issues.

    5. my classmate’s aunt makes $62/hr on the laptop. She has been laid off for nine months but last month her paycheck was $19297 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site …….. Bit40.ℂOℳ

      • When blacks were getting their heads blown off. Obama, congress, the media, and white America said nothing. Obama played politics by going to Newton and getting on T.V. crying with his fake tears. We defend Mrs. Obama from whites who call her a monkey, and she writes an open letter to the WHITE families in Newton when blacks are dying in her home state. I guess the Obamas view us as Niggas also.

        • Oh Well!!! I guess the only one we can really put ALL of our hope & never-ending trust in; is GOD!!!

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