On racial disparity of shooting victims, too few ask, "Why?"

On racial disparity of shooting victims, too few ask, "Why?"
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Violent crime creates too many victims. People from all walks of life could find themselves the target of a violent criminal who seeks to hurt the innocent for anything from financial gain to just giving the bad guy a thrill and all sorts of things in between.


Yet shooting victims are disproportionately from minority communities. When you look at the statistics, there’s not really an argument. Black and Hispanic victims account for a far higher percentage of those shot and killed than those same communities represent in the population as a whole.

And don’t think anti-gunners haven’t noticed.

Anita Razo is mourning the loss of her son, Giovanni Pizano. Giovanni, also called DJ Gio, died last year at the age of 31. Police say he was shot and killed , near his home, on Amelia Earhart Avenue in North Natomas.

“We hope to make an impact and take some of these kids that are willing to explore their artistic and musical abilities, so we can keep kids away from the gun violence,” Razo said.

Gun violence disproportionately affects communities of color in the U.S. Research from Everytown shows Black people are 12 times more likely than white people to die by gun homicide. Hispanic people are twice as likely to be killed.

The report later goes on to cite the new gun control laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

For many, this disparity is evidence of gun control, as seems to be the case in this news report. However, far too few of these folks ever bother to ask why there’s a disparity among victims in the first place.

I mean, we know this is happening, but too many people are blaming guns and can’t seem to recognize that there’s something far deeper going on here.

When you look at the perpetrators of these homicides, they also tend to be minorities, so there’s not as likely of a chance of a racism component at work here, though I can’t necessarily rule it out. Still, it’s unlikely.


Yet groups like Everytown that claim they just want to make our streets safer never bother to look any deeper. It’s amazing to me how literally every problem can be solved, at least in their minds, with the exact same gun control policies and there is never a better solution out there.

Look, if you take away the guns, the desire to kill others doesn’t disappear. That doesn’t just go away.

It means you have to look deeper.

Plus, let’s be real here. Gun control laws hit blacks and Hispanics disproportionately as well. Just look at what happened when one person watched Detroit’s legal proceedings regarding gun charges. More than 70 percent had no prior criminal history and were just busted for carrying a firearm illegally and 99 percent of those in court were black.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like a hell of a good reason to stop looking at surface-level BS and actually start trying to understand exactly what is going on in our communities.

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