Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, April 8, 2021
Since last year’s riots, Americans have been buying more guns and ammunition than ever before. Blacks have outpaced every other group in this domestic arms race. The Firearm Trade Association reported these increases for the first half of 2020:
Journalists are reporting that blacks are buying guns because of national stories about blacks dying at the hands of police. Do these new gun owners think having a firearm will make their next encounter with law enforcement go more smoothly? Meanwhile, whites — and probably not a few Hispanics and Asians — are buying guns so they can defend themselves if there’s another wave of Black Lives Matter and antifa riots.
Despite their claims of oppression — and the popular myth that police kill over 1,000 unarmed black men every year — it’s blacks who kill the most blacks. Between 1980 and 2008, 93 percent of black murder victims were killed by blacks. In 2017, the percentage was 88; in 2018, it was 89. Black crime and more guns may explain part of the increase in murders in many black areas last year.
In March, there were 1,427,917 gun sales in Illinois, the most in the nation by far (second place was Kentucky with just 330,476). And last month is just a snapshot; gun sales have been high since last year. In Chicago, where the majority of Illinois’ blacks live, there were 56.3 percent more murders in 2020 than in 2019 — and about 80 percent of the victims were black. From the data available for 2021, that increase continues. For whites, gun ownership and crime aren’t connected. Many of America’s whitest states have very high gun ownership rates — and they aren’t known for their dangerous streets: Idaho, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Montana, for example. The same doesn’t appear to be the case with blacks.
To all the blacks buying guns for fear of racist cops, I say: “Be careful.”