The recent mass shootings in California by older Asian men really has befuddled the lügenpresse. They just aren’t sure how to handle them. They aren’t White guys so there isn’t much utility in talking about them but they aren’t the typical black gangbanger either and a bunch of people were killed, not just shot. There is also a second major problem: these shootings happened in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. This leaves the lügenpresse in a pickle.
I am seeing a lot of cope-posts along the lines of “what happened and why?”, like this one from The Guardian:
According to the authoritative database the Violence Project, which tracks all mass shootings in which four or more victims died in a public space, the ages of this week’s California suspects put them within the top three individuals recorded in almost 60 years. Of 168 events itemized by the project between 1966 and 2020, the previous oldest shooter, who killed five people in Kentucky in a retail store in 1981, was 70.
Overall, the Violence Project estimates the average age for mass shooters in the modern era is 34 years old. In the last three years, under the sway of the pandemic, that figure has dropped dramatically to as young as 21.
Well duh, crime of all sorts and violent crime especially is mostly committed by younger men and I like how they blame young black men shooting into crowds for being “under the sway of the pandemic”, not the result of police backing off in the wake of George Floyd. In the end they fall back on the old canard in the playbook: blame “lax” gun laws….
On the other hand, California can continue to draw comfort that despite this week’s disasters, its relatively tough approach to gun safety is clearly having a positive impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control, California’s rate of death by firearm is 8.5 for every 100,000 people – the seventh lowest in the US.
By contrast, states that pride themselves on their loose approach to gun possession such as Louisiana and Mississippi have firearm death rates of 26.3 and 28.6 for every 100,000 respectively.
Conversely, even California has a disastrous record when it is compared to societies in which guns are not ubiquitous as they are in the US. In continental Europe, about 7,000 people die each year from gunshot wounds.
That’s a death rate of just 0.9 for every 100,000 people.
Well that seems awfully compelling, at least if you don’t know anything at all about the issue at hand. Notice also that they are using “death by firearm” which lumps in suicides with homicides.
California is the most populous state in the Union and despite it being the home of South Central L.A. and ground zero for the crack wars and gang violence between the Crips and Bloods, it really doesn’t have that large of a black population proportionally.
In a state with nearly 40 million people (probably more counting the millions of illegals), that is still a lot of blacks but remember we are looking at the homicide rate per 100,000 people. What about the two states that the Guardian mentions, Louisiana and Mississippi?
Mississippi holds the distinction of being the blackest state per capita in America. Louisiana isn’t far behind.
On the other hand, there are lots of states with “lax” gun laws like the three northern New England states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. All three have “permitless” concealed carry/Constitutional carry according to the USCCA. In general all three have pretty open gun laws, Vermont a little less so. According to Wikipedia these three states have something else in common…
Notice that New Hampshire has a homicide rate at exactly the rate of Europe’s rate of gun deaths, 0.9 per 100,000 people. One more thing those three states have in common: a tragic lack of “diversity”, all three at less than 25% and Maine at under 20%.
The overwhelming Whiteness of these states is a huge problem, according to some: Being Too White Is A Problem That Must Be Solved: The New York Times And The Quest To Diversify New Hampshire. If you look at the list of the top ten lowest rates of intentional homicide and compare it to the graphic from the Census Bureau above you will notice that there seems to be a relationship between a lack of diversity and low murder rates. Weird. On the other hand, look at the states with the highest homicide rates (California is in the middle of the pack at 24th when you only look at homicides).
Those states have lots of diversity especially of a particular kind. Here are the top 12 states and D.C. ranked by percentage of black population….
Every state on the list of highest rates of homicides is also near the top of the rankings of black population. I am sure that is a coincidence.
You know, I am starting to think The Guardian might be wrong and that “lax” gun laws aren’t the issue and instead demographics are the key predictor of levels of homicide and other violent crime…..