Gun violence has a color in Virginia (a 62 percent white/ 19 percent black state). But we aren’t allowed to talk about, nor base social policy on how a particular race uses firearms for violent acts, or why white people disproportionately use guns to commit suicide.
In fact, many of those in power would applaud the latter.
According to the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV):
FIREARM HOMICIDE IN VIRGINIA • The firearm homicide rate in Virginia increased 28% from 2008 to 2017.
We know homicides in America are largely intraracial (though black-on-white crime is out of control), so we can easily deduce most of the firearm homicides discussed in this study for 2017 in Virginia were either black on black or white on white. There were 99 white people murdered by firearms in 2017 Virginia, compared to 240 blacks murdered by guns.
As previously stated, the shooter – based on FBI and police data- in white firearms homicides was more than likely a white person; conversely, the shooter in the firearm deaths of blacks was a black individual.
Based on this data, we are able to determine black people were 7.89 times more likely to die by gunshot in 2017 Virginia than whites. Or, black people were 7.89 times more likely to murder someone with a firearm in 2017 than white people.
Again, none of this factors into discussions about gun control or the 2nd Amendment (because the NRA/Republicans/right-wingers are too afraid to discuss gun violence and race), but it’s important to bring this data out in a logical fashion.
Moral of the story: don’t base social policy on individuals and we should be spending vast sums of money to stop the suicide epidemic of whites (with firearms).
Never forget: anyone pushing gun control is only trying to disarm white America, who legally own their firearms.