Cultural Deviancy Is the Problem, Not Guns

There’s a story told about a Paris chief of police who was called to a department store to stop a burglary in progress. Upon his arrival, he reconnoitered the situation and ordered his men to surround the entrances of the building next door. When questioned about his actions, he replied that he didn’t have enough men to cover the department store’s many entrances but he did have enough for the building next door. Let’s see whether there are similarities between his strategy and today’s gun control strategy.

Last year, Chicago had 512 homicides; Detroit had 411; Philadelphia had 331; and Baltimore had 215. Those cities are joined by other dangerous cities — such as St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn., Flint, Mich., and Camden, N.J. — and they also lead the nation in shootings, assaults, rapes and robberies. Both the populations of those cities and their crime victims are predominantly black. Each year, more than 7,000 blacks are murdered. Close to 100 percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, the black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are also most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery. The magnitude of this tragedy can be seen in another light. According to a Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute study, between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites.

What percentage of murders, irrespective of race, are committed with what are being called assault weapons? You’d be hard put to come up with an amount greater than 1 or 2 percent. In fact, according to FBI data from 2011, there were 323 murders committed with a rifle of any kind but 496 murders committed with a hammer or a club. But people who want to weaken our Second Amendment guarantees employ a strategy like that of the Paris chief of police.

They can’t do much about hammers, clubs, fists or pistols, but by exploiting public ignorance, they might have a bit of success getting an “assault weapon” ban that will have little impact on violent crime.

There are other measures these people employ in an attempt to end violence that border on lunacy. Massachusetts’ Hyannis West Elementary recently warned a 5-year-old’s parents that if their son made another gun from a Legos set, he’d be suspended. Elementary-school children have been suspended or otherwise disciplined for drawing a picture of a gun or pointing a finger and saying, “Bang, bang.” I shudder to think about what would happen to kids in a schoolyard if they played, as I played nearly 70 years ago, “cops ‘n’ robbers” or “cowboys ‘n’ Indians.” Maybe today’s politically correct educators would cut the kids a bit of slack if they said they were playing “cowboys ‘n’ Native Americans.”

What explains a lot of what we see today, which politicians and their liberal allies would never condemn, is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of black children are born to unmarried women. The absence of a husband and father from the home is a strong contributing factor to poverty, school failure, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance and a host of other social problems. By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data show that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. In 2009, the poverty rate among married whites was 3.2 percent; for blacks, it was 7 percent, and for Hispanics, it was 13.2 percent. The higher poverty rates — 22 percent for whites, 35.6 percent for blacks and 37.9 percent for Hispanics — are among unmarried families.

Other forms of cultural deviancy are found in the kind of music accepted today that advocates killing and rape and other vile acts. Punishment for criminal behavior is lax. Today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.

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  • AdinaK

    A society which is in moral decline is a lost society. And a western culture which is subsumed by PC constraints leads to a deviant culture. There are no longer rights or wrongs. There are only shades of gray and victim hood to boot.

    As such, those who still adhere to basic values, and are patriots to boot, are worth listening to. Enter, Professor Paul Eidelberg –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

    • akhadd

      line is a lost society. And a western culture which is subsumed by PC constraints leads to a deviant cult

  • Mary Sue

    My grandfather told me that the worst thing they (the Government) did was take "the strap" out of the schools. He's not far wrong, I think. It was abolished in the jurisdiction in which I reside, just before I got into school. It's been going downhill ever since.

    • davarino

      Amen, with out discipline in schools its chaos and mayhem. Another liberal bleeding heart "good intention". Too bad they never work out.

    • JacksonPearson

      Our country have been on the downward skids ever since the ACLU and Separation of Church and State have ferociously worked to take God, and Christ out of the public square and schools. Add, the wearing or displaying a crucifix and the pledge of allegiance is a no, no. While burning the stars and stripes, and abortion, or the murdering of 60+mil fetuses on demand are okay.

      None of the above have led to a better or more moral society.

      • Mary Sue

        Nowadays in Canada (since all the abortion laws were struck down in 1988), we have Universities whose default position is "Pro-choice" among the Student Government, and where pro-life groups are prohibited.

  • Asher

    Chicago has the worst crime and murder rates and the most draconian gun laws which have not worked. This country faces cultures and gangs that are on drugs, alcohol, and are mentally is a behavioral problem due to lack of morality and faith in God. Is it no surprise that the almighty has left us to our own demise? So disarming the public would create an even more violent society in which the police couldn't handle, (the police couldn't be everywhere)…Understandable why this President wants to disarm the public…it would be total chaos and anarchy…which would allow them to totally control everyone's lives.

    • Spider

      Good post Asher see my comment below

    • Questions

      And race has nothing to do with this, right? Almost every murderer in Chicago is either black or Hispanic. Race has EVERYTHING to do with this.

    • DWPittelli

      Actually, Chicago does not have the highest homicide rate. Among cities over 250,000 people, 15 cities have a higher rate, led by:
      1) New Orleans: 57.6
      2) Detroit: 48.2
      16) Chicago: 15.9
      (Rates per 100,000)

      • Kevin Stroup

        I notice that all the lead cities have large minority populations. Just a thought.

        • Ghostwriter

          Not every minority is a criminal,Mr. Stoup. I wish you'd get out more.

    • Pismopal

      They are unable or unwilling to address the real issues of violent crime because it reveals the sick inner soul of this country's culture so they go after guns,something tangible,yet totally irrelevant and ineffective. Rome took centuries to decline…we have done it in a few decades.

  • Loyal Achates

    Violent crime as a whole continues to fall, while your 'deviancy' bogeyman continues to rise. Riddle me that, Walt.

    • JacksonPearson

      Did you read that in comic books?

    • Max

      Yes, violent crime continues to fall, but have you researched why? The answer is that more and more states, counties and other jurisdictions begin to issue licenses to carry firearms to law-abiding citizens. In case you haven't noticed, the highest rate of violent crimes is in states that have the tightest gun control.

      • Fabio Sooner

        It also applies to most countries in the world, too. Those with the strictest gun laws are the ones with the highest rate of homicides by firearm, save for a couple of exceptions – and even these saw their rates increase a bit after restricting gun possession.

    • Mary Sue

      Baby Boomer criminals are getting too old to go on sprees. Not enough young punks and Hells Angels to pick up the slack.

    • SpaceChief

      Just what is an acceptable murder rate for blacks in America? Falling? Perhaps a bit. But the fact remains
      the inner cities are hellholes for decent black Americans. As long as we have "community activists" screaming "racism" and "police brutality" at every incident involving blacks, no politician will ever approve of the heavy policing required. Further, I will turn in my guns when the cops and Secret Service feel safe enough to turn in theirs.

    • Smitty

      No riddle here at all. Any diminution of violent crime is due to increased long-term incarceration of violent criminals. If these dregs of society were all ever released from their prison homes, you can rest assured that the violent crime rate would skyrocket. The argument becomes moot, however, when it is you who becomes a victim of a violent crime.

  • cxt

    Loyal Achates

    Good point–but you need to look at the data sets–OVERALL its falling, but depending on where you are located iot was already pretty high. Plus exactly how you define "violent crime" makes a difference–some crimes are way down but others not so much.

    In terms of "deviancy"…..check out the level of support Christopher Dornor got online. This dude muderdered a women and her boyfriend because he had beef with her FATHER. And folks still supported him. And that is just ONE example.

    Something is clearly rotten in Denmark.

  • Spider

    Obama and all his Leftist cohorts pine for Chaos and Cultural Deviancy in America. This is their true goal so that they can usher in a Bolshevik / Soviet style takeover after Judeo / Christian values , patriotism, the nuclear family and the Economy are all destroyed.. And of course the populace will also be disarmed.. Just review your Cloward Piven for the Obama playbook.

    • Questions

      More hysteria from the Culture War brigades. There is no "Bolshevik" takeover in progress. Obama is a rather standard corporatist liberal. He's about as much as Marxist as Hubert Humphrey was.

      • Spider

        I beg to differ – I guess you have never read the writings of any of Obamas mentors – Frank Marshall Davis, Howard Zinn or "rules for radicals". All speak of plans for a socialist / com-munist takover of the U.S from within by any means necessary. Obamas entire duplicitous existance can be traced to these people and their treasonous theories.

      • Spider

        Nice try but leaders exactly like Obama created Greece and other failed states in Europe and are all card carrying Com-munists themselves

  • dmw

    In my neighborhood in central Los Angeles in the 1950s, we played Americans verses Germans (you know, Nazis), probably because my friends were Japanese and Chinese-Americans. Then, for a career, it was a real deal of Americans verses Russian (Communists). Now as a senior, seems I am engaged in the real deal of Americans verses both Nazi (National Socialists) and Communist (International Socialist) Americans.

  • Victoryman

    To sum up today's sheeple/low information voter, Goethe said it best. "There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action."

  • Willy Rho

    The unintended consequences of the 60's and later in the Black Families has caused the massive decay in the family, especially the Black Families. I was there, as an adult and saw it. The government started paying a black woman that did not have a husband, money to support her and the amount depended upon how many kids she had. It was a game that was played to the Hilt. Borrowing the neighbors kids when the Gov Inspector came was a great income enhancer. Then the woman who was actually married, decided that she did not need to put up with that nagging man that hid when the inspectors came, to she threw him out. And that is why so many current kids do not have Dads. Unintended conseqquences always whack Liberals up aside the head. Because they think in one variable of dimension. Simple minds miss complex consequences. I am Conservative and 70 years old and saw it happen. And the fools could not see it coming. All complex civilizations go through this, it is unavoidably humanity.

    • UCSPanther

      Some good reading that will shed some light on the plague of single-parent households: The Garbage Generation by Daniel Amneus, who lays out why reverting to matriarchy, like in the animal kingdom or primitive civilizations is serious threat to social order.

    • Spider

      This is still going on in the Illegal Immigarnt communities

    • Smitty

      I too remember our "enabler" federal government's "helping" people by their creating a welfare system that made it attractive for single mothers to remain unmarried. It has been a cruel hoax and a social experiment that didn't work then and doesn't work now. The entire scheme is forcibly payed for by those of us who pay taxes, while liberals call us "uncompassionate" if we raise even the smallest protest.

  • UCSPanther

    I'm sure some idiot will come along and whine about our so-called "Gun Culture", but as far as I am concerned, they demonstrate Albert Einstein's definition of insanity, where their answer to failed policies on gun control is more asinine and restrictive guns laws, all the while places like Britain, Jamaica and Columbia, despite having restrictive gun laws, still continue to have major crime problems.

    It's the culture and the stupid policies that encourage such cultures that is the big problem.

  • marios

    Dem's bribed for 60+ years blacks and destroyed their families, their moral values. Dem's needed blacks voters and they got it destroying already few generations. As it is in article the most victims are blacks and their murderers are mostly blacks too. Too bad that mean Dem's made them victims, slaves of "free lunch". Rep's abolished slaves/blacks 200 years ago but Dem's made them again slaves. Now Obama wants all of us transform into slaves usurp his Power and disarm us. All dictators first of all disarm their citizens and then country could be transform into "GULAG" . Bolsheviks did it and modern day Dem's/newcommies aimed it. Obama said in 2009 that there were not enough Military forces and Police but he wanted to have some civilian Guardians. What is this? Kind of Iranian Revolutionary Guard? Our King Hussein did nothing in vain so, it is step to his 2009 dream about absolute Power.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Culture if not destroyed in government schools is subverted through alcohol and drug abuse
    which provides a population of misinformed and untrained people, unprepared for the
    struggles of life in which millions will exist in a stupor. The family was key to building our
    citizens and carrying on American values, now the kids do not know thier parents and
    are following the degenerate pied pipers of corrupt government and social deviancy.

    • Smitty

      Well said.

  • Johnconrad

    Professor Williams has pointed these things out for 25 or more years.

    Still absolutely no pulse from our champions of freedom amongst the Republican Party.

    If you can't build an emotionally compelling campaign on these issues, you need to retire from politics.

    What's this? Boehner and Company HAVE retired?

    They're rather stay quiet and timid because if they spoke up, they'd actually have to do something.

  • pfwag

    The moral and cultural decline in the Black community was paid for by taxpayers through the "War on Poverty" and other worthless, liberal programs. When one subsidizes something it is only logical to assume you'll get more of it. We are reaping what was sown.

    BTW, since "Hispanic" is an ethnicity and not a race, all the crimes committed by Hispanic gang-bangers, including illegal alien ones, are put into the "White" category.

  • bluffcreek1967

    It's easy to blame the crimes of the black undertow on liberal policies and, no doubt, it's a major contributor to it. But it's not the sole cause. Black crime is symptom of their immoral culture -yes – but it's also a reflection of who these people are by nature. Their culture is but a reflection of what they think, who they are, and it flows out of their nature, their proclivities, etc. This explains why the 'black problem' is a not simply an inner-city American problem, but rather, a worldwide problem wherever they exist in large numbers.

    Whites, even conservative whites, need to wake up and think more soberly about the nature and character of blacks. We are much too timid to admit what is so apparent before our very eyes – namely, that blacks, on average, possess low IQs, are impulsive, prone to crime, and are in many ways uncivilized.

    • Ghostwriter

      My goodness,bluffcreek. This stuff is straight of the 19th Century. It's ridiculous and wrong. Why don't you wake up and and stop the bigoted nonsense.

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