The two charts below are all that should matter when considering firearm violence in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and what should happen with gun control when the new state legislature convenes (with Democrats poised to pass gun control largely targeting placid white gun owners).
The question our elected officials should be asking is two-fold: why do white males commit the overwhelming bulk of suicides with firearms in Virginia and why do black males commit the overwhelming bulk of homicides/nonfatal shootings with firearms in Virginia?
From the Virginia Department of Health “Gun Violence in Virginia” report measuring gun violence from 2014-2018, we learn:
Key Points on Gun-Related Death in Virginia
• Rates of gun-related death in Virginia (all manners) are very similar to national rates of gun-related death
• Handguns were involved in nearly 80% of homicides and nearly 80% of suicides
• Rates of gun-related suicide among men increase with age
• White men and Native American men had the highest rates of gun-related suicide
• Black males and males age 20-24 years of age had the highest rates of gun-related homicide
Again: our elected officials should be trying to ascertain why white males are primarily using firearms to commit suicide and why black males are using firearms to murder/non-fatally shoot other black males in Virginia.
Of course, the only thing Democrats are interested in doing is making it illegal for law-abiding white males to own guns in Virginia, though the primary activity these white gun owners do with their firearms is use them for suicide.
Meanwhile, the data clearly shows black males with firearms represent the clear and present danger (the data showing, as stated, white males using their firearms primarily for suicide) in Virginia.
Is it nature or nurture (the increasing anti-white system acting as a vise on all aspects of life) causing white males to use their firearms for suicide?
And is it nature or nurture compelling blacks in Virginia to use firearms to commit the overwhelming amount of fatal/non-fatal shootings in the state?
These are questions we should be asking when it comes to firearms and gun ownership, but that will remain unasked.