Blacks, Guns & CrimeJuan Williams, a black commentator, wrote an interesting article recently entitled “ Race and the Gun Debate.” (Wall St. Journal, Mar 27, 2013) Among the statistics he cites are that 54% of all murders involve black victims, virtually all of whom were killed by black murderers, and yet blacks comprise only 13% of the population.These are familiar numbers, but, as Williams points out, although more than half the “gun problem” can be laid at the feet of blacks, the gun debate never seems to mention this. If it were mentioned, the obvious thought that might occur is maybe it’s blacks that need to be regulated and not guns.Three years ago I wrote the following in the prologue to my book They Came For Our Guns, They came For Our Freedom (William Lafferty):
“ The single most important factor that has caused the political left to demand an end to private firearms ownership is that the underclass has, over the last fifty years, expanded exponentially, bringing with it an exponential increase in crime. Many of these criminals come from the single-parent families encouraged by the welfare system, a dysfunctional government give-away favored by the far left. The absence of fathers has led large numbers of children to seek gangs as a substitute for parenting not available at home. Not content with having created an entire class of welfare-bred criminals, the political left now seeks to protect this underclass by rendering ordinary citizens defenseless against crime perpetrated by these criminals.”In sum, both blacks and whites are part of this criminal underclass, but, as Juan Williams points out, blacks, a 13% minority, are doing 54% of the killing and dying. That needs to be said.Why is this happening? According to Juan Williams, the out of wedlock birth rate for blacks is now 72%. This leads to more than 70% of black mothers being on welfare raising more than 70% of black children without fathers.That’s part of the problem. Another part, Williams says, is:
“ a dysfunctional gangster-rap culture that glorifies promiscuity, drug dealers and the power of the gun.”So now we have black culture of violence financed by the welfare system producing what are – by any measure – distorted values. One might think this needs to be addressed.
“We only kill each other” – Bugsy Siegel
Miss Cellania shares with us truncated tales of seven outlaws who achieved ‘folk hero’ status. This includes an analysis as to why this occurs, to wit:
1. The outlaw is a victim of injustice from authorities, and is paying back the favor.
2. The outlaw helps common people.
3. The outlaw is sacrificing his life for a political stance.
4. The outlaw does things the average Joe would love to try, if he had the courage.
5. The outlaw’s outlandish adventures provide entertainment in the manner of a long-running serial.
I’ve often wondered why this happens, historically. After all, some folks, in spite of their fledgling pretense at ‘social justice’ are nothing more in reality than murderers. Bonnie and Clyde come to mind.
Also, William Ayers and the Weather Underground. I’m all for political protest, but blowing up folks and setting fire to their homes is hardly a brave act of protest. And being unrepentant for it years later, and saying they didn’t do enough – after becoming a college professor (!) molding young minds. Disgusting.
Angela Davis? The cop-killer being lauded by the N.A.A.C.P. Mao. Fidel. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. – murderer and bigot. Every time I see some college fool or rock star wearing a Che’ shirt – it turns my stomach.
There are many others.
How are they heroes? Except perhaps to Lenin’s useful idiots.
…and I harken back to that whole Paul Revere (William Dawes, Dr. Samuel Prescott, et al) thing.
I remember reading history (guessing it’s not even offered in school, anymore, unless it’s politically-correct) about Mr. Revere, patriot, silversmith, artisan.
It seems his father had emigrated to the British Colonies from France (!) His name was Apollo Rivoire, and his son Paul was his namesake. Sadly, many of the English New Worlders had difficulty pronouncing his name – so he changed it.
To Paul Revere.
Or in his father’s words, “I changed it so the bumpkins would find it easier to pronounce!”
Bumpkins in the Nation – even back then!
The NAACP. The Vanguard of the Rights of the
Negro, colored, , African-American, Black since when? 1909? Over 100 years of service. And thank you for much of it!
EXCEPT, in recent years, they’ve been compromised by a progressive political agenda. No longer is it about the right to vote, or work, or use the same soda fountain, water fountain or restroom. It’s about how much can we get from the government, and how much can we distort history toward this aim? And further a progressive agenda.
To wit. Weasel Zippers shares THIS with us. (Hang on to your butts!)
Why does the degenerate left worship a cop-killer? It couldn’t be based on the color of his skin, right?
Convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal has received three nominations on a web page for the “Unsung Hero” project from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The project, launched during Black History Month, allows users to highlight influential civil rights leaders in exchange for an email address and postal code.
The NAACP displays about 100 nominations, including the pro-Mumia nominations, on the website for its 2013 “Unsung Heroes” project, which asks the public for nominations, under the title, “Your Heroes.” Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted for the December 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, stemming from a shootout that resulted after Abu-Jamal approached Faulkner, who had pulled over Abu-Jamal’s younger brother at a traffic stop.
This is precisely why I support the civil rights organization CORE. The Congress of Racial Equality support the true American agenda of individual liberties, gun rights, and not living on the dole. And, while I’ve not seen it anywhere in their literature, I suspect they decry the celebration of a convicted cop killer.
Check out their link on my sidebar, or above. – Oh, and FTC, they give me nothing but the knowledge many folks of all colors want to help each other in society, without the government hook.
PS – In other unrelated news, this, courtesy of Glenn Beck:
Columbia hires cop killer as adjunct professorFormer Weather Underground domestic terrorist Kathy Boudin, whose role in the murder of 2 police officers and a Brinks security guard landed her 22 years in prison, is now a prestigious professor at Columbia University. Nothing like honoring a despicable cop killer with a position to influence America’s youth. Stay classy, Columbia.MORE
Rachel Maddow says something fundamentally stupid about ‘open carry’ demonstrations.
But let the record show, at the same time, that in the United States, whether the issue is guns or anything else, you will not win arguments that you try to win by threatening to shoot your opponents. You will not win if the way you are trying to win is by threatening to use weapons to get your political way. People do it in this country, it is a tactic. People try it from time to time and they lose because Americans do not settle disputes that way. In fact, we’re pretty invested in having a political system that has us not settling disputes that way. Once you threaten that you are going to settle your political disputes by use of arms, you will lose all of your political disputes. Tempting as it may be, particularly when the issue is guns itself, threats and physical intimidation are not how we successfully achieve change in this country.
Tell it to the Deacons for Defense and Justice. Tell it to the veterans of the Battle of Athens. Besides, it is these collectivist bastards that are using the force and power of government to threaten and physically intimidate US with their inconstitutional laws and criminality under color of law. “Threats and physical intimidation are not how we successfully achieve change in this country.” Yes it is. Ask the ghost of Captain John Parker.
For those with a progressive, liberal education, please Bing or Google, the Deacons for Defense and Justice, the Battle of Athens, and Captain John Parker, as I reasonably certain you’ve no idea what these subjects mean. Of course, progressives largely run these search engines, so you might have to look elsewhere.
h/t Special Thanks to Mike Vanderboegh
…and Bob Owens, as well. For not buying what they are selling.
WaPost op-ed blames whites for mass shootings; fact remains minorities are over-represented for ALL murder types, including mass murder.
A pair of sister-researchers that make their living off the government teat have decided to blame white men for mass shootings:
Whites are under-represented by race in mass shootings, as are Hispanics, when you look at percentage of total population. Don’t take my word for it, either; look at the stats kept by über-left-wing Mother Jones.
Over-represented are Asians, like Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, One L. Goh, Jeong Soo Paek, Jiverly Wong, Byran Koji Uyesugi and Gang Lu who are all East Asian, and West Asian/Arabs, such as Nidal Hassan, and Abdelkrim Belachheb, whom the sisters dishonestly label “white.”
Also over-represented are black mass murders like Omar S. Thornton, Maurice Clemmons, Charles Lee Thornton, William D. Baker, Arthur Wise, Clifton McCree, Nathan Dunlap, Colin Ferguson, and we’re not even including the DC Snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, because they are arguably serial killers instead.
While white mass murderers are given considerable airtime, black mass murderers are ignored by the mass media as quickly as they possibly can… including the racist Washington Post.
Are these overtly liberal sisters really sure they want to start playing race games? As it invariably leads back to the failure of progressive social engineering, I don’t think they do.
As for calling us racist, I’m certain someone will. It’s their modus operandi.
In 1909, back when tall buildings had elevator operators, one such worker was caught stealing from an apartment. A Pinkerton detective confronted the elevator operator to arrest him. But his mistake was to enter the elevator, where the operator was right at home. A newspaper carried the detective’s account of the incident:
We had only gone down three floors before he made a desperate break at me. With one arm he grabbed me around the neck, while with the other he made a grab for the pistol, which I was holding with my right hand. We grappled, and the elevator shot downstairs at its full speed with both of us struggling for possession of the revolver.
When the elevator got to about the second or third floor I had almost lost my strength when the revolved exploded and off went my left forefinger. This sudden shock seemed to give me strength and I managed to get possession of the revolver again, it having dropped to the floor in the struggle. As I stooped to reach the gun, Johnson grabbed the elevator rope and the elevator shot to the roof again. Then he grabbed me and the gun went off again and again.
I don’t know where that shot went, but I remember that as the elevator reached the top Johnson still had the controlling rope in one hand and was fighting me with the other, for he reversed the machine and down it shot full speed. We grappled again and again, and then there were two more shots from the gun, and Johnson dropped crouching in the corner of the elevator.
Read more at the Atlantic. Link
(Image credit: Library of Congress)
CONTROL YOUR FIREARMS AND PRISONERS, PEOPLE!
h/t Miss Cellania
I LOVE History. Especially American. Especially Twentieth Century – post War era. Film(s) noir, depicting such a period. And stuff based on real events.
The Hat Squad was a loose team of L.A.P.D. detectives, roughly from the late 40s to the early 60s. Popular culture has used them in such films as The Hat Squad, Mullholland Falls, and L.A. Confidential. And Stephen J. Cannell (of The Rockford Files and about 20 other shows) even pegged a short-lived television show on them.
But the real Hat Squad was something much more than lauded in West Coast crime fiction. They were real men who lived by a code – not the code of Mulholland Falls, but not the police department service manual, either.
LOS ANGELES – In this city where everything and everyone can be reinvented, true crime has long become true drama.
The Los Angeles Police Department stars in both.
The LAPD Hat Squad of the 1940s and ’50s starred four detectives in crisp fedoras and matching suits costing two weeks’ pay.
Publicly revered, the squad became known for its more secretive duties, including getting rid of Eastern mobsters seeking to expand business. According to legend, the Hat Squad discouraged visiting gangsters by meeting them at the airport and beating the wanderlust out of them.
Two of the detectives later became judges. None was ever disciplined.
“They were so feared and respected that when we’d announce such-and-such a case had been turned over to the Hat Squad, many of the suspects in those cases would voluntarily give themselves up,” department veteran Dan Cooke, now dead, told a local newspaper in 1987.
Inevitably, a movie depicted the well-dressed quartet. In 1996′s “Mulholland Falls,” Nick Nolte played its leader. In an early scene, a bloodied don is about to be tossed from a canyon ledge.
“You can’t do that, this is America,” the gangster squeaks.
“This isn’t America, Jack,” says Nolte. “This is L.A.”
And here, fact and fiction continuously blend.
I don’t think anyone had done a definitive work on them. Perhaps they are afraid. Just like no one will touch the FBI’s Cointelpro program with any depth. Funny, they’ll do the NSA’s MK Ultra…?
We need to look at the triumph and tribulations of our police past to make certain history doesn’t repeat itself on a
national federal scale.
Perhaps it already has.
(the above to be read in a radio announcer’s voice…Gabriel Heater?)
As some of you know, part of my daily routine (aside from penning – or
stealing copying – material for this blog is to read a daily almanac page from Ref Desk, entitled Today in History. Some days seems mundane, as if nothing happened in humanity of note on that day. Others? Well, here are some snippets from today’s almanac page:
1834 John Wesley Powell US, geologist/explorer/ethnologist
1871 Sir Ernest Rutherford nuclear scientist
1874 Harry Houdini [Erik Weisz] Budapest Hungary, magician/escape artist
1898 Dorothy Stratton organizer (SPARS-women’s branch of US Coast Guard)
1902 Thomas E Dewey Ohio, 1st Catholic Presidential candidate 1944, 1948 (R)
1909 Clyde Barrow bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame)
1930 Steve McQueen Slater MO, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt)
1603 Elizabeth I Tudor [Maiden Queen] UK queen (1558-1603), dies at 69
1905 Jules Verne sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77
1953 Queen Mary of Britain dies
1964 Peter Lorre Hungarian/US actor (Maltese Falcon, Raven), dies at 59
1976 Bernard L Montgomery British General, defeated Rommel, dies at 88
On This Day…
1664 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island
1721 Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburgse Concerts
1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
1832 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio
1883 1st telephone call between New York & Chicago
1898 1st automobile sold
1906 “Census of the British Empire” shows England rules 1/5 of the world
1930 Planet Pluto named
1947 John D Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN
1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 to retain the heavyweight boxing title
1989 Worst US oil spill, Exxon’s Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska
1980 El Salvador’s leading human rights activist, Archbishop Oscar Romero, 62, was assassinated by a sniper while saying mass in a hospital chapel.
Who knows what happened in history tomorrow?
I am SO GLAD to reside in the Free State of Arizona! – Guffaw