Wednesday, August 22, 2007

If Guns Cause Crime, Why Aren't All Communities Affected?

Townhall.com::Liberal Views, Black Victims::By Walter E. Williams This is a great article (from a great website) but - as usual - one of the statistics just jumped off the page at me.

Blacks are 13 percent of the population, but suffer most of the crime. 46 percent of murder victims are black. Other violent crimes have similar racial impacts.

But the Left says easy access to guns causes crime.
Liberals and their political allies say the problem is the easy accessibility of guns and greater gun control is the solution. That has to be nonsense. Guns do not commit crimes; people do.

Up through 1979, the FBI reported homicide arrests sorted by racial breakdowns that included Japanese. Between 1976 and 1978, 21 of 48,695 arrests for murder and non-negligent manslaughter were Japanese-Americans. That translates to an annual murder rate of 1 per 100,000 of the Japanese-American population. Would anyone advance the argument that the reason why homicide is virtually nonexistent among Japanese-Americans is because they can't find guns?
It isn't about easy access to guns. It wasn't in 1978 and it isn't today. It is about what society will and won't put up with. So far, we seem willing to put up with a lot.
One of our basic rights is the right to defend oneself against predators. If the government can't or won't protect people, people have a right to protect themselves.

You say, "Hey, Williams, you're not talking about vigilantism, are you?" Yes, I am. Webster's Dictionary defines vigilantism as: a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate.
If we want to reduce crime, we have to make the perpetrators, or predators, pay a higher price.

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