June 30, 2016

Racism and Guns


NOTE: Since this article was written, readers and associates have made me aware of who Larry Pratt is: Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. AKA, a good guy. I was comically unaware of this at the time. It’s reassuring to know that his words were sarcastic. However, his sarcastic words ARE the same words used by the liberal media to perpetuate an anti-gun sentiment. Pratt happens to find that sentiment as retarded as we do. In light of that, we have selected to leave the article unchanged, but inform the readers that yes, we are aware.

I was just running around on Twitter when I noticed the comical words of Larry Pratt. Said he, “Study suggests that gun ownership could turn you into a racist.” Now, I haven’t a clue who this man is, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting a good laugh out of him. Simply put, the already flawed study suggests that racists own guns, not that guns turn you into a racist. So, Mr. Pratt, since you obviously lack basic reasoning skills, jumped onto the political band wagon, and/or you just didn’t actually read the study, let me step you through it so you can work with actual information next time. Not only is that not what the study says, but only extreme liberal media outlets are even suggesting this.

This study’s introduction begins in a very subjective and onerous manor, defining “racism” as white aggression against blacks. These researchers start the paper by presenting suggestive data that black Americans are over four times more likely to be killed by guns than the average citizen. They then showed data suggesting 76% of blacks have no interest in their second amendment rights, making it more a white right. The entire study is really focused on whether or not black Americans are afraid of racist whites with guns, looking back to 1967 when racism was flaring and whites passed anti-gun laws so blacks could not defend themselves. So, the published work sets out to show that these fears are founded. That is all in just the introduction, and not even the data yet. I have included said citations at the bottom.

In the words of The Huffington Post’s Marc Hill, who also happens to be a black American, “It’s a complicated study. I’m a little suspicious of the findings and how we’re making the correlations here.”

Me too, Hill, and here’s why:

First, the US gun-racism study was initiated, sponsored, and published by the two most anti-gun countries in the world: Britain and Australia.  So, it should be of little shock when the study declares a correlation between gun ownership and something stupid and irrational, like racism.

Second, researchers in this study presented racism as a purely white against black affair. The problem with that is that racism does not mean “hating blacks.” Racism means, by definition, “poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race.” Or also, “the belief that some races of people are better than others.” The problem is that people have become broken in this understanding–the Trayvon Martin case being a great example. When Trayvon’s friend was questioned in court, she was emphatic that Trayvon’s death was driven by “racism.” However, when recounting the story, she was incapable of understanding how Trayvon’s “creepy *** cracker” reference was racist. Why?! Because we’ve created a culture where whites are thought of as racist and blacks cannot be.

Now, most people know a redneck or two (many more in my case) that grew up in a racist home and still carry some of that around. We also know that, while gun ownership is rising, racism is declining, at least in the USA. Racism’s hold is mostly on the older population, but has little hold on today’s white youth. The study does not address this.

Lastly, the study is grounded in what’s known as “symbolic racism.”  The subjective side of this study is based on the fact that this “racism” is not actual racism. It’s a collection of people in the study saying, “if you think this way about socio-economics in the USA, you are racist, whether you know it or not.”  Or, in other words, “the less mainstream liberal your opinions, the more racist you are.”

Don’t believe me? Here are some of the questions from the survey:

“How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks?”  To select an answer, you would rate it on a scale of one to five.

The survey also asks how strongly you agree with the statement, “generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.”

The less sympathetic the reply, the higher your symbolic racism score gets.

The study does not fully address that over 90% of US gun crime is conducted by blacks or Latinos, usually against other blacks or Latinos. That, Mr. Pratt, is a staggering number. This shows that 90% of gun crime does not even apply to this study. Isn’t gun crime what the entire gun control debate is about? So, stepping into the political field with the suggestion that a gun makes white people hate black people is simply absurd. If 100% of white Americans turned out to be flaming racists, they still have little to nothing to do with gun crime.

Most racist people were either raised that way or had a negative experience that left them with a bad taste, which they assigned to a given race. It is stupid. It is illogical. And they need to get over it. However, that doesn’t mean that a gun turns you into a racist. Gun ownership is on the rise while white on black racism is on the decline. It has been that way for years. My hope is that one day Morgan Freeman’s dream that people stop talking about racism at all will be realized.


Interesting citations from the study:

“Blacks are disproportionately represented in US firearm homicides (14.6 per 100,000) [compared to the 3.6 per 100,000 average], and would benefit most from improved gun controls [1]

“Opposition to gun control is considerably stronger in whites than blacks [3], with whites also reporting twice the rate of personal gun ownership and having a gun in the home, than is reported by blacks [4]

“Indeed, US research found that having one or more guns in the home is related to a 2.7 and 4.8 fold increase in the risk of a member of that household dying from homicide or suicide, respectively [6], [7]

“Stronger opposition to gun control by US whites has not always been the case. During the civil rights movement of the late 60 s, black activists exercised their right to carry loaded firearms in order to provide protection from police and extreme white factions [13]. The response from US whites was to demand stricter gun control. The Mulford Act was signed into law by Californian governor Ronald Reagan in 1967, and prohibited the carrying of loaded firearms in public [13]. The social landscape has changed considerably, and most recent data indicates a quite different view on gun control by whites, with 53% of whites wanting to protect the right to own guns, whereas only 24% of blacks do [14].”

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  12. Steve Kimbrough says:

    I had no idea who Larry Pratt is and I have been following gun rights and advocating 2nd Amendment rights for 40 years. I have heard of GOA, but prefer the NRA and CRPA. Oh, I do not read Huffington Post either.

  13. Tent says:

    Crenshaw, you lost all creditability as a “Gun Writer” by not knowing who Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America is, maybe you should stick to reading the Huffington Post, an not disparage a man who has done more for the RKBA than any man I know.

  14. JbCooper says:

    Mr. Crenshaw,

    Perhaps the Larry Pratt you mention in this article is Larry Pratt of the Gun Owner’s of America, and perhaps he shares the same views as you. Having read the “study” to which you refer I, as a scientist, find the “study” laughable along with it’s conclusions. It is a Meta study ( a study of another study) where the data appears to be mixed from two sources. The data acquisition method for measuring “symbolic racism” is meta-data whereas the data measuring gun ownership is of unknown source. It is quite possible there were two surveys and respondents where not even the same for questions on racial views and gun ownership.

  15. joe says:

    Do you really not know who Larry Pratt is or are you pulling a prank?

  16. Paul Stewart says:

    [Gun scholar John Lott noticed that the researchers making this assertion provide themselves with an out for applications in which the hypothesis does not prove true. They did this by stating that "simply owning a firearm may also lead whites to develop more negative attitudes toward blacks." In other words, a white person who is somehow not racist can begin to harbor racist sentiments by buying a gun.]

    The above quote is from the following linked article on the study:



  17. Paul Stewart says:

    Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA) and is one of the most knowledgeable and best spokesman there is concerning our 2nd Amendment Rights. I haven’t read the article yet, but I can assure you that Mr. Pratt does not subscribe to the theories of the gun hating left.

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