All week, we have been discussing efforts, prompted by the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, to tie racial politics to gun policy. We started Monday, with a look at the St. Louis NAACP chapter leader’s claim that the NRA convention, in town now, sends the “wrong message,” at the “wrong time,” about guns, so soon after St. Louis County police fatally shot a black 15-year-old who was pointing a rifle at them.
Tuesday, we covered the fact that rampant violence based on racial animosity–a real danger, given the tensions of the moment–could lead to more restrictive gun laws, just as happened in the 1960s, and just as “gun control” advocates are hoping will happen now. Yesterday, we turned to one of those forcible citizen disarmament advocates, who goes so far as to lament “NRA inspired racist gun policies,” despite the obvious fact that the NRA (and every other major gun rights organization) advocates greater recognition of gun rights for all races, as demanded by the Constitution.
Today, it’s the Violence Policy Center that has gotten into the act, with executive director Josh Sugarmann commenting in the Huffington Post on what he calls the “grim irony” of the NRA holding its convention in Missouri, of all states, which (according to Sugarmann) has a higher rate of homicides of African-Americans than any other state:
And the NRA is certain to assiduously avoid acknowledging the fact that it’s holding its annual meeting in the state that leads the nation in black homicide victimization.
Sugarmann goes on to point out that almost 57% of those homicides were committed with handguns, and would like readers to share his outrage that among the exhibits at the convention will be a booth for Kel-Tec, manufacturer of the gun with which Trayvon Martin was killed.
We could ask, as tragic as the high black murder rate in Missouri is, what it has to do with where the convention should be held. Would it be more acceptable to hold it in whatever state has the highest rate of white homicide victims? There must be such a state, after all, although the VPC seems only to publish their “studies,” year after year, about states with high black homicide rates.
But never mind that. Let’s look instead, as we have once before, at the implications of what Sugarmann is arguing. Back then (when Pennsvylania was the leading state for black homicides), Sugarmann offered this solution:
Successful efforts to reduce America’s black homicide toll must put a focus on reducing access to firearms.
What Sugarmann did not point out then, and is certainly not pointing out now, is that the vast majority of the murderers of African-Americans are also black (91.1% then, 89.4% now). In other words, Sugarmann makes an issue of the fact that almost 57% of black homicides are committed with handguns, while pretending to ignore the vastly stronger correlation of race. If the focus for reducing black homicide, then, “must” be on “reducing access to firearms,” then whose access must be reduced?
“No guns for negroes,” all over again, right in line with the shameful history of American “gun control.”
- ‘No Guns for Negroes’
- VPC push to Re-institute ‘Black Codes’
- Violence Policy Center espouses ‘no guns for negroes’
- ‘KKK began as gun-control organization’–confirms ‘Racist Roots of Gun Control’
- ‘Gun control’: Historically racist, and racist still
- NAACP wants to shoot the messenger at NRA convention
- Race war would benefit ‘gun control’ advocates
- What The VPC Left Out
- John Rosenthal claims right to keep and bear arms is ‘racist’