This past week, on Valentine’s Day, some 17 Americans were slaughtered in another tragic school shooting — this latest incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Every American has heard of this horror. Most also know this is the 18th school shooting this year. These are terrible and each of us shares the pain of the devastating loss. As my Facebook friend points out, some 400 people have been murdered in school shootings. Yet in 2017 alone, over 1,000 Americans were shot and killed by police. We are an incredibly violent nation!
The chart below compares the USA to fifteen other advanced nations. Although the US collectively has a 3.6 per 100,000 residents gun murder rate, cities like Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit and others suffer nearly ten times this rate.
The reaction from the political left is to BLAME President Trump and Republicans. They are highlighting campaign donations to candidates, primarily on the right, who have taken money from the NRA. Huffington Post writers, Sara Boboltz and Sebastian Murdock, feature students who are shaming politicians. One of the weaknesses of the political left is they DEMAND others to solve their problems. “Fix it!” they scream. “Do something!” Of course, the real question is what to do. And, while school shootings are unacceptable, the murders in our inner cities are far higher each year.
While school shootings are horrific, Americans are also totally racist in our reaction. Dana Loesch scolded the media, “You guys love it. I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying White mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back.” My Facebook friend, Blanca C Hernandez, memorializes those lost in Florida. She is a compassionate human being, yet says nothing about inner city minority children who face this deadly reality on a daily basis.
This is an example of PRIVILEGE in America. These are primarily Middle Class to wealthy White children. Each shooting garners non-stop coverage by mainstream media in their 24/7 news cycle. Presidents to congressional leaders to local officials respond immediately with “thoughts and prayers” and promises to do something. Everybody wants to do something! Yet nothing is ever done.
Another Facebook friend, David Carrillo, is a high school teacher in El Paso, Texas. He asks how many mass shootings and gun deaths have occurred since the video was made? Let’s ask David, how many shootings and murders in our inner cities since the video was made? Do you know?
Chicago gets a lot of negative press due to the inner city violence, but currently only ranks 8th in deadliest cities in America. At the same time, as reported in the Chicago Tribune on January 22nd, at least 31 people were shot, six fatally, between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, making it the most violent yet in 2018. This includes an 11-hour period from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning when 18 people were shot, three fatally. Compared with this time last year, 2018 has had both fewer shootings and homicides. There have been 141 people shot and 25 people killed in 2018, while 211 people were shot and 41 people were killed at this point in 2017. My Facebook friend, Eli McDonald, compliments Megyn Kelly for pointing out there have been “at least 12 school shootings in America so far in 2018.” Neither are concerned about inner city children.
St. Lewis has the highest murder rate, 29.1 per 100,000 residents, of all US cities and has suffered 27 murders thus far in 2018. There were 30 murders in the St. Louis area in January last year and a total of 339 in all of 2017. My Facebook friend, Julian Romero, shares a meme featuring Senator Marco Rubio. They oppose gun control efforts by claiming modification of policy won’t stop school shooting. The senator does not speak about inner city murders.
In Baltimore, there have been 31 murders thus far in 2018. The city has the second highest per capita homicide rate in the country at 27.3 per 100,000, and joyously, has gone some 11 days without a homicide. People in this city celebrate a Day Without a Murder. That’s how bad it is for them. These are primarily poor, Black citizens and frankly, the nation doesn’t really care to talk about this “shithole” community. My Facebook friend, Angelique M O’Connell, is willing to spend something like $15 Billion per year to add three armed veterans in each of our 100,000 public schools. She offers nothing for minority inner city children and their families.
New Orleans ranks third in murder rate at 24.5 per 100,000 and has suffered 31 murders thus far in 2018. The city witnessed 157 murders in 2017. My Facebook friend, Tim Johnson, wants to ban AR-15s, yet handguns kill the most Black and minority inner city children.
Next on the list is Detroit with a murder rate of 20.2 per 100,000. The city of Detroit regained the title as the most violent big city in America in 2016, witnessing more murders last year than Los Angeles, which has four times as many people. My Facebook friend, Chris Smith, posted an Occupy Democrats video that features primary White community rallying for Gun Control. Democrats even under President Obama have been relatively silent while minority inner city children have been murdered.
White Liberals are angry about this recent shooting. My Facebook friend, Valerie Taylor, posted a video featuring a White “school shooting survivor” slamming the GOP. “This is the time to talk about guns,” he says. This privileged White boy doesn’t care when minority children are slaughtered in our inner cities. I posted comments about the racism in America’s reaction, “Black children killed daily in our inner cities. White people ONLY want to talk about gun violence when it affects their kids!” Facebook marked my comments as SPAM and blocked readers from seeing my comments and this article.
Get the point? It’s tragic what happens in our public schools. It’s appalling and inhumane what we tolerate in our minority inner cities across America. My Facebook friend, Tracy Clayton, posts a CBS News video of White people in an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale. How come the news media and White people don’t protest the murders in our inner cities?
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