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BY: John “Hennry” Harris
It is no secret that gun control is a major issue in America. Whether one points out the staggering murder rates in cities like Chicago, referred to by many residents as Chi-raq, or the growing number of mass shootings, gun ownership and gun rights advocacy has been at the center of the debate.
The gun control problem has been given a ‘blackface’, so to speak, as most reports tend to focus on purported violence in urban communities. A new study suggests that gun owners and supporters of legislation in favor of carrying concealed weapons are more likely to be racist.
The fact that Blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence makes the study extremely relevant as the link between the two are examined.
According to a 2012 study by the Children’s Defense Fund gun violence is the leading cause of death for Black males ages 15-19. According to 2009 numbers Black children and teenagers accounted for 15% of the nation’s population, however, they represented 45% of young people killed by guns.
Researcher Kerry O’Brien points out, despite the disparity, Whites are seriously affected by guns as well.
“White Americans oppose gun control to a far greater extent than do black Americans, but whites are actually more likely to kill themselves with their guns than be killed by someone else. So why would you keep them?” O’Brien said in a press release.
“We decided to examine what social and psychological factors predict gun ownership and opposition to gun control.”
The results concluded that every 1 point increase in anti-black racism increases the odds of having a gun in the home leaped by 50% and the odds for supporting concealed weapons policies rise by 28%.
I seriously doubt O-Dawg was a an official member of the NRA and participated in that sector of gun control politics, but a staunch Republican from the Southeast, in the lands slavery built and still operating under remnant Jim Crow policies, IS a member and supporter. The FACT is the KKK and other certified, chartered hate groups are huge gun rights activists.
At the root, the right to defend yourself and your family is an inherent right of self preservation. Reports are quick to show the disparaging disparities in Black youth gun deaths but still turn a blind eye to the overall issues. The FACT that Whites are more likely to kill themselves with their guns poses a glaring irony that is mirrored in the Black community ….. we are killing ourselves.