“The debate over gun control too often seems a matter of abstractions about the meaning of the Constitution and the permissible capacities of ammunition magazines. Why is so little time spent on a question of more immediate concern—namely, why are so many young black people using guns to kill their neighbors?”
That quote is from Juan Williams who wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal this week titled Race and the Gun Debate. In the piece Williams calls for a recalibration of the current national conversation on firearms. With so much spotlight on ‘assault rifles’ and high capacity magazines, Williams states no one is paying attention to race and the unavoidable statistics pointing to an overwhelming percentage of gun violence coming from minority communities.
“Gun-related violence and murders are concentrated among blacks and Latinos in big cities. Murders with guns are the No. 1 cause of death for African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34. But talking about race in the context of guns would also mean taking on a subject that can’t be addressed by passing a law: the family-breakdown issues that lead too many minority children to find social status and power in guns.”