Whites Are Underrepresented Among Mass Shooters

Yaroslav Podvolotskiy, American Renaissance, October 4, 2017

The problem is not angry white men.

Ever since Stephen Paddock shot 58 people to death in Las Vegas, we have been hearing how dangerous white men are. Chauncey Devega of Salon wrote an article with the headline “America’s white man problem.” CNN says we have “silently accepted the rage of white men.” The San Francisco Chronicle says “White men with guns are America’s real terrorists.”

They’re wrong. Non-whites with guns are the problem. Blacks are only 13 percent of the population, but they commit half of all murders. And despite all the talk about angry white men with assault rifles, in a typical year, only 200 to 300 people are killed with rifles. More people are beaten to death with hands and feet than shot with rifles, and about five times as many people are killed with knives as with rifles.

Mass shootings are relatively rare, but the media tell us whites are the problem, so the sooner they are disarmed the better. The left-wing site Mother Jones has compiled an exhaustive list of mass shooters and classified them by race. Mother Jones takes a surprising view of who counts as “white.” A cursory review of their list shows that they consider Elliot Rodger—who described himself as “half white, half Asian” in his manifesto—to be white. Mass-shooter Abdelkrim Belachheb was born in Morocco, and a Mother Jones profile notes that John Zawahri was born to Lebanese immigrants, but Mother Jones thinks they’re white as well.

In addition, Mother Jones excludes “shootings stemming from more conventional crimes such as armed robbery or gang violence,” further skewing their statistics against whites.

In spite of these biases, Mother Jones’ own statistics show that since 1982, non-whites are about 60 percent more likely per capita to be mass shooters than those Mother Jones considers white.

Over the next several weeks someone is likely to tell you that white “gun culture” rather than “thug culture” is responsible for high crime rates. You can point out the following:

  • The Brookings Institution has found that, for blacks, about 85 percent of gun deaths are from homicide and about 15 percent from suicide. For whites, the figures are almost exactly the reverse: 80 percent by suicide and 20 percent by homicide.
  • A black person is six times more likely than a non-black to commit murder.
  • In the United States, Eighty-five percent of all interracial violence between whites and blacks is committed by blacks. Taking into account how many more whites there are than blacks, this means that a black person is 27 times more likely to attack a white person than vice versa.
  • The Color of Crime” contains many more statistics about race and crime.

If we let nonsense about “angry white men” circulate, we may eventually be disarmed and as defenseless as Boer farmers in South Africa. Our best defense is the truth.

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Mr. Podovlotsky is an American living in Ukraine who teaches history and English. He became conscious of race while serving in the military.
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