In light of the recent statements regarding the need for ‘gun control’ in America by President Barack Hussein Obama, we would be remiss as a community for failing to address this issue with the utmost seriousness; particularly when one realizes the disproportionate number of Africa-American males who will either participate in and/or be victimized by senseless gun violence.
We have all heard the argument that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” I must relate that although I understand the logic, I am far from a NRA member. I have come to learn that I have much company throughout the nation in that I matured during the height of Crack Cocaine, a dubious distinction that led to the loss of innumerable friends to gun violence prior to reaching my twentieth-birthday. In this instance, the names do not even matter; I would most likely leave quite a few off of any list that I attempted to construct anyhow.
Recollection has led me to a startling revelation, that being, each of the occurrence of ‘gun violence’ that impacted my life had certain commonalities: the perpetrators of the ‘gun violence’ were Black, the victims of the ‘gun violence’ were Black, and every one of the alluded incidents had some combination of drugs, the illogical pursuit of gross materialism, and manhood issues involved.
Although this statement doesn’t sit well with my spirit, I must relate that I agree with the National Rifle Association’s contention that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
Unfortunately for African-Americans, the availability of guns within our communities magnifies the social ills, educational inadequacies, and economic misery that has come to represent the ‘have not’ existence for America’s poor. Considering the mantra that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, it would most certainly be beneficial to all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or their position on gun control, if we as a nation worked collectively to address the issues of jobs, economic inequality, and increased access to all levels of education. Removal of guns combined with the failure to address these catalysts to much of the gun violence that we see within urban America would lead to a different form of horrific violence that none of us are prepared to deal with.
So although I can agree with the NRA that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, I can guarantee you that the person who is perpetrating the well-documented ‘gun violence’ that we see occurring in every Black neighborhood has its roots in frustrations that flow from either economic or educational issues, if not both.
And until those social ills and injustices are addressed, the weapon of choice does not really matter; we must remember that a hammer, knife, or screwdriver may not be as efficient as a gun, however, it will still get the job done.
James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015.