So King County, Washington (home to Seattle), has a population that is 66 percent white.
Would you believe that on October 13, 2021, the gun violence in the county has already surpassed last year’s record total?
Would you also believe more than four out of five shootings involves non-whites? Meaning 81 percent of those victims of gun violence have been non-white (and as we are constantly told, the violence in the USA tends to be intra-racial, meaning it’s black and brown people shooting other black and brown people in King County).
Yet somehow, this is all the fault of white gun owners. [‘Disheartening’ rise in King County gun violence has already surpassed 2020’s record toll, Seattle Times, October 12, 2021]:
The sharp spike in gun violence seen in King County last year has continued unabated in 2021, with fatal and injury shootings in the first nine months of the year already exceeding 2020’s year-end totals, according to the most recent data released Tuesday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
People of color, especially young Black men, continue to be disproportionately affected by gun violence, as has been reported in previous years.
The prosecutor’s 2021 numbers point to an especially bloody summer, with 31 more firearm-related homicides, 129 more injury shootings and 456 more shooting incidents in which no one was hit during July, August and September.
As of the end of September, 73 people had been killed and another 283 injured in shootings in King County this year, according to third-quarter data from the prosecutor’s Shots Fired Project. In all of 2020, there were 69 firearm-related homicides and 268 nonfatal shootings, numbers that represented a 36% increase in total gunshot victims above the three-year average between 2017 and 2020.
According to the prosecutor’s Shots Fired data, of the people shot so far this year, 85% were male, 32% were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 81% were people of color. Similar to other years, 50% of the 356 fatal and nonfatal shooting victims were Black in a county where Black people make up 7% of the population.
Why not just make it illegal for black people to own firearms, as the 2nd Amendment originally only applied to white men? If this were to happen, and those black individuals carrying guns illegally were prosecuted to the full extent of the law, how many innocent black bodies would be gunned down? Basically zero.
Remember, it’s not white people pulling the trigger of firearms in King County, creating the sharp spike in gun violence. It’s non-whites, particularly black people. Recall… they represent 81% of the victims in a county that is 66 percent white.
And blacks are 7 percent of the county’s population…