Over the last six-plus years I have researched and written a number of important articles debunking Fake News fallacies that America’s left-wing, progressive media, social activists and political leaders continue to perpetuate.
- Having the right to bear arms increases the risk of a violent death.
- Guns are responsible for America’s high suicide rate.
- White men are responsible for most of America’s mass shootings.
- Marijuana is perfectly safe.
- Freedom of Religion is not under attack by the progressive movement.
None of these urban legends are true. They simply get repeated over and over by a lot by leaders and journalists in service of their own political and social agendas. Coming soon, I will show you what is happening in communities that have embraced these false teachings, and compare them to communities that have rejected modern, liberal progressivism. Check back soon.
That number would actually be over 80%, except that journalists are terrified to mention the perpetrators’ and victims’ race. Up to 80% of the victims of mass shootings are also black. In other words, for the year 2015, of the 338 verifiable mass-shootings in America 90% were white-free. The myth that mentally unstable white men are the source of most mass shootings is simply false.
- Street crime, gangs, drugs and the like, accounts for 87% of mass shootings.
- In 60% of the mass shooting cases, despite plenty of witnesses, the perpetrators are never identified by police because of the “No Snitch” culture existing in the black community.
- Semi-automatic handguns are by far the weapons of choice. Shotguns and assault rifles are rarely used.
- Only 9% of shooters had a confirmed right to own a firearm, the rest likely obtained their guns illegally.
- Almost all the weapons recovered by police were stolen.
- Mass shootings rarely cross racial barriers. Blacks shoot blacks. Hispanics shoot Hispanics, and whites shoot whites.
- Mental illness, terrorism, and hate crimes combined accounted for only 5% of mass shootings.
- Of the three mass shootings that are classified as hate crimes, white males committed two and two Hispanic males committed one.
- Journalists are more likely to mention the color of the car involved in a drive-by shooting than the color of the shooter or victims.
In 2015 America suffered a mass shooting, an event where four or more people are shot or killed, nearly every day. While America’s black community is disproportionately responsible for and affected by mass shootings, do not fall into the trap of believing that race plays a part in these crimes. Blacks are not genetically predisposed to random acts of violence.
While modern black culture is certainly not doing itself any favors, the broader problem is global devaluation of the family. Family is the foundation of civil society. A man and a woman marry, rear children, and build a life within a community. Globally, birthrates for unmarried women are skyrocketing. An ever-increasing number of children are being raised in homes where there is no parent stability. Shack-up boyfriends come and go, mothers are either working all the time or on welfare, and the children are left to rear themselves.
America’s black community, unfortunately for them, is at the forefront of this new global culture that has shrugged off the responsibilities of marriage and child rearing. Well over half of all black American’s under the age of forty were born to unmarried mothers. Almost 70% of blacks under the age of twenty-five were born to unmarried mothers. The rate for Hispanic children has recently gone over 50%, and white children are closing in on 40%. The number of American children born out-of-wedlock has nearly quadrupled since 1970.
Family is where is all starts. Parenting is the single greatest responsibility most people will ever undertake. Children learn all they know about survival from their parents. Parents teach children that rules and laws actually have a valid purpose. Parents teach that respect for authority is actually important. Children glean wisdom from the experiences, successes and failures of their elders.
Parents supply a safe place for children with food on the table. For rich or for poor, it is every parent’s responsibility to use what tools they have to provide their child with a life as close to a Norman Rockwell painting as possible. My grandmother used to say, “I cannot help being poor, but there is no excuse for being dirty as long as you can afford a bar of soap.” She was a widow with five children at the height of the Great Depression and did not have two nickels to rub together, but she kept a neat, tidy home and made darn sure her children went to school with food in their stomach so they could learn. Mothers and fathers are supposed to help sons and daughters navigate the difficulties of childhood and adolescence so they can safely reach adulthood. When parents abdicate those responsibilities, something else will fill that void and that something is all too often gangs and crime.
Instead of being stranded on a deserted island, as in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, these children find themselves surviving a hopeless existence in a lawless urban jungle. They band together in roving gangs that live by the feud and die by the feud. They terrorize their neighbors, stay out to all hours partying with illegal drugs and alcohol, and they fight amongst themselves, wantonly killing anyone for any perceived slight. Most have criminal records by the time they reach the age of majority. They take their battles to concerts, to city parks and playgrounds, shooting babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone else standing in the way of their vendetta without so much as a second thought. Collateral damage means nothing to these young men and they use a form of urban terrorism to silence those who would testify against them.
President Obama’s solutions, such as blocking legal sales of firearms to people on the government’s “No Fly List,” criminalizing the private sales of firearms, and authorizing friends and family to put a “mental health block” on the legal purchases will do nothing to stop this problem. There is not a country on Earth where criminals are not well armed, no matter the law. If President Obama really wants to stop mass shootings, he should start by going home to Chicago and holding a peace summit with all the black gang leaders. He should hold up his own family as a shining example of how love, marriage, education and good parenting can stop the cycle of hopelessness and violence. Otherwise the solutions will fail and the cycle will continue.
Oregonian journalist, Maxine Bernstein, is a crafty fabricator, and I cannot help but believe her editor, Peter Bhatia, knows it. Yet Bhatia still placed Bernstein’s anti-gun, white-male-hating article, Identifying, Preventing the Growth of a Killer, on the front page of the December 12, 2013 edition of The Oregonian like an enormous weeping boil. By using great care to game her facts and statistics, Bernstein soundly blames America’s culture of manly, competitive self-sufficiency for our high murder and suicide rates as well as all of our gun violence. Except pretty much everything she wrote is wrong. I am here to set the record straight.
Guns Cause Suicides? Really?
First off, do not believe Maxine B when she implies that America’s plethora of privately owned firearms lead to a huge increase in suicides and violent deaths. She is lying like a bad toupee. For instance, she says that Americans shoot each other at least seven times more than the good citizens from India shoot each other. That is because Indians, for the most part, are not allowed to own guns. What Classy Maxie forgot to mention is that the combined rate of suicide and violent death in India is more than 40% higher than America’s, and combined rate of France is only a scant 10% lower than the U.S. rate. About 639 Indians commit suicide every day, mostly by hanging. The same goes for the French – despite owning more than 30 guns per 100 citizens, the French still prefer to hang themselves. The bottom line is the global average of 175 countries for suicide is about 9.5 per 100,000 in population, and America’s suicide rate is about 10.4 per 100,000 in population. There is absolutely no global correlation between increased rates of gun ownership and increase rates of suicide. However, there is a direct correlation between decreasing rates of lawful gun ownership and increasing rates of violent deaths.
The White Man Does Bad Again
Next good ol’ Maxibad makes the claim that violence be Whitey’s fault. “Between 1982 and 2001, for example, white men were responsible for all but two of the mass shootings inside middle schools and high schools.” Nice try, chicken, but let’s go again. The FBI definition for a mass shooting (or mass event) is four or more injuries in one event. Between 1980 and 2013 there were 37 mass school shootings and 1 mass bombing that occurred at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges, involving approximately 41 perpetrators. Only 25 were white males. Let’s break that down for Mizz Bernstein.
- 9% of America’s criminals are women. 7% of the mass event perps were women.
- 12.6% of America’s population is African-American. About 19% of the mass event perps were black.
- 4.8% of America’s population is Asian. 10% of the mass event perps were Asian.
- 0.9% of America’s population is native. One mass event perp was Native American.
- 16.4% of America’s population is Hispanic. One mass event perp was Hispanic.
- 0.8% of America’s population is Muslim. One mass event perp was Persian.
- 72.4% of America’s population is white. 61% of the perps be Whitey.
The single most common thread tying most of the killers together is their collective history of mental illness, not their “whiteness.” About 40 years ago or so, progressives like Maxine Bernstein (and her expert, PSU psych-guy, Eric Mankowski, dare I say) decided to take the mentally ill out of the institutions and put them on the street. Crazy people wandering loose do crazy things and today, thanks to left-wing progressives, it is almost impossible to put them in an institution until it is way too late. As for providing quality psych services for the at-risk population, that ain’t gonna happen, either. About half of all psychiatrists refuse to accept patients on medicare or medicaid. That, not lawfully owned firearms, equals dead educators and dead students.
Testosterone – Fact or Fiction
Last, for some reason Maxine B wants to imply that men being aggressive is something new and dangerous, and society needs to reprogram (prenatally, no less – Gattaca anyone?) its young men to be… well… to be women. Men just need to cry more and strive less, I guess. Men would never be competitive or self-sufficient unless society taught them so. Yes, that is right, folks, testosterone is not a ubiquitous endogenous male hormone, rather it is a taught behavior. Darwin had it all wrong, don’t ya know. Before guns existed men only wore pastels, always played nice and took turns being king. Before guns existed, the world was not a vicious place where men hacked each other to bits with swords, burned villages and raped women. Really Maxine? What history have you been reading? Holy shit! The fact is, in the real world the rate of violence has been declining for centuries. Too bad the left-wingers are creating such a vast fiction. I suppose just about now the U.S. Secret Service is labeling me a threat because I strive for success and self-sufficiency rather than relying on the nanny state for everything while crying myself to sleep every night.
Fish In A Barrel – With a Bullseye
All this makes me wonder what is wrong inside Maxine Bernstein’s head? What is wrong with her editor, Peter Bhatia? The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States no more sanctions obfuscation, disinformation and lies than the Second Amendment sanctions murder. Yet, while murderers go to prison, journalists like Maxine B hide within the folds of the First Amendment cloak so they can lie with utter impunity and call it journalistic integrity. Unfortunately, no single psychological profile or set of warning signs can reliably predict which journalists will undermine the Constitution of the United States or be the next mass fabricator. Simply put, it is a buyer-beware industry. Journalists write, but it is the citizen’s responsibility to fact-check, not Peter Bhatia’s. Oh, and a message to Maxine – Honesty earns respect.