What percent of homicides and gun violence (nonfatal shootings) in Washington D.C. are committed by blacks?
It’s probably close to 99 percent, with a margin of error of 1%.
Conspiracy theorists can engage in wild ideas all they want, but Ockham’s Razor helps us understand the murderer of Seth Rich was probably just a black criminal (as are virtually every murderer in the city).
But as the latest murder victim in Washington D.C. is eulogized by the Washington Post, one is left with the clear picture white people are being blamed for black gun violence. [The death of a man training to be a violence interrupter should spur D.C. to action, Washington Post, November 30, 2019]:
CLARENCE VENABLE, a 40-year-old with young children, was shot to death Nov. 22 in Southeast Washington, becoming the city’s 152nd homicide this year. His murder got more attention than is usual in a city that sadly has become too calloused about the killing of black men. Mr. Venable had been training to be a violence interrupter, so it was a cruel irony that someone who had wanted to combat gun violence instead became its victim. Some saw that as a reason for hopelessness. Instead, Mr. Venable’s death should be a spur to the District — both its elected officials and members of the community — to double down on efforts to combat violence.
Homicides in 2019 have increased 6 percent over the same period last year. In 2018, killings increased nearly 40 percent from the previous year. If trends continue, the District would be on track to see its highest homicide numbers in a decade (although thankfully that would still be a far cry from the 479 people killed at the height of the crack epidemic in 1991). As troubling as those numbers are, equally unsettling is the recent finding of a Post poll that 1 in 3 District residents reported that they or someone they know has been menaced or has been the victim of gun violence in the past five years.
The problem is more pronounced in the city’s poorer neighborhoods. Nearly half — 46 percent — of the residents who live east of the Anacostia River in Wards 7 and 8 said they or someone they know has been shot or threatened with a gun since 2014. “You get down low, and once the shooting stops, you run,” said one Northeast resident who grew up in Anacostia, explaining how she reacted to a drive-by shooting. That is something you might expect to hear from someone who lives in a war zone, not in the nation’s capital.
Well, this is what you might hear about in a community entirely devoid of white people and boasting a population close to 100 percent black.
Even those training as violence interrupters are gunned down by other black people.
The entire gun control debate should be centered around race and who/whom is committing the bulk of firearm violence (fatal/nonfatal) in America, but as always, white people are the easy target to constantly belittle in every article where black gun violence should be the primary focus.
Rest in peace, Mr. Venable. In trying to prove Black Lives Matter, you were gunned down by a fellow black male who you were being trained to help interrupt from committing violence…
Against fellow black people.
Obviously, all of this is the fault of white gun owners and the NRA… right?