Poor Black Marksmanship is Saving Lives

James Fulford, VDARE, September 25, 2017

Emanuel Kidega Samson

Emanuel Kidega Samson


Whenever there’s a mass shooting, VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow asks me to check it out to see if it’s an Immigrant Mass Murder. A recent shooting in Texas had the usual delay before releasing the suspect’s race. However, it did have a list of the casualties–eight dead and one wounded.


By contrast, a shooting by a black immigrant at a Tennessee church led to one dead, and seven wounded but surviving.


This is an example to the “Leaded Law” proposed by the Ben Kurtz blog (and noted by Steve Sailer here) with respect to mass shootings.


Kurtz wrote:

So here’s a handy rule of thumb when you hear about the next mass shooting and find the press being coy about who did it and why: If the shooters exhibit bad aim (substantially worse than 1 killed for every 3 wounded) then they are Black gangsters settling a score. If they exhibit passable aim (around one fatality for each wounded survivor, or perhaps a little worse) then they are “Irish” “freedom fighters” who have likely pledged allegiance to the “Irish State.” Unless the victims are cops; then a perpetrator with passable aim will likely be a Black man with military training (see Dallas and Baton Rouge).


To this list of anti-white black marksmen with military training we can add Washington Sniper John Allan Muhammad, who was the same kind of “Irish” freedom fighter i.e. Muslim.

But what made Muhammad unusual is that he was black and could shoot accurately (10 killed, 3 wounded, CNN, September 22, 2017) When Muhammad (and his juvenile Jamaican immigrant accomplice) were arrested in 2002, Mark Steyn wrote:

Heigh-ho. After weeks of assurances that the sniper was an “angry white male,” it turns out the only angry white males connected to this story are the ones in America’s newsrooms.

On Thursday, after being informed that the two suspects were a black Muslim called Muhammad and his illegal-immigrant Jamaican sidekick, The New York Times nevertheless reported in its early editions that the pair were being sought for “possible ties to ‘skinhead militia’ groups.” The Feds had already released a photo of Mr. Muhammad looking like one of the less goofy members of the Jackson Five and, though one should never rush to stereotype, it seems unlikely that a black Muslim with big hair would have many “ties” to skinhead militias.


And when Muhammad was executed in 2009, I wrote here of the belief that an unknown sniper must be a white male:

The only shred of evidence for this is that African-Americans in general aren’t very good shots. This is for once not because of IQ or any racial difference in average ability, it’s because of urbanization.

Most African-Americans live in cities these days, and don’t get much chance to go hunting or join rifle ranges. John Allen Muhammad, however, had an Expert Rifleman’s Badge.

The American military has an excellent record of training people who have never fired a gun before to shoot accurately.

Africans and African-Americans do appear on lists of mass killers appearing both in the Main Stream Media and on our site—we have frequently covered such crimes here:

  • Of The “Thirty Deadliest” Shooters, At Least A Dozen Are Not White Males
  • Die-versity: 64% of Last 25 Mass Shooters Were Ethnically Diverse
  • What is “Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome?
  • What Does VDARE.com Mean By A “Disgruntled Minority Massacre”?
  • Jezebel: “Have You Noticed That White Dudes Keep Mass Murdering People?” No, We`ve Noticed You Promoting It
  • Alton Nolen Not A Muslim Terrorist, But An American Phenomenon—116 People, Mostly Whites, Have Been Killed By 18 Black “Disgruntled Employees” In The Last 40 Years

These lists do include some successful accurate shootings by blacks, but that’s because they are lists of mass killings—incidents where no one is killed won’t appear.

Here are some examples of bad shooting which made our lists:

  • 1993 Colin Ferguson, killed six, wounded 19, fired two 15 round magazines.
  • 1997 Hastings Arthur Wise, killed 4, wounded 3, but took four 8-round magazines to do it.
  • 2006 Michael Julius Ford, killed one, injured five in a Safeway warehouse.
  • 2011 Shareef Allman, disgruntled employee of Lehigh Hanson’s Permanente Cement Plant, killed 3, wounded 7, mostly Hispanic.
  • 2016 Mowayne McKay & Diego Reid, arrested in Jamaican gang fight, 3 dead, 12 wounded.
  • 2017 Henry Bello, disgruntled medical employee of some kind, killed one, wounded five, in spite of being armed with a .223 rifle.

The Florida nightclub shooting that only killed two people wasn’t the focus of a mass national panic. Neither was the case of Akouch Kashoual, a “refugee” who worked in a Nebraska cold storage warehouse. When that that happened in 2010 I wrote

The victims are still alive–a combination of Egyptian marksmanship and American emergency medicine kept any of them from dying, which makes Kashoual`s suicide kind of pointless. If he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and wounding, he’d probably be back on the street–the American street–in 2017.

For “Egyptian marksmanship” read “Sudanese marksmanship”—his refugee journey to attempted murder in America was complicated:

It wasn’t like his family to settle differences that way.

“In my country, we fight with our hands. We don’t use guns.”

Kashoual and Bol, 42, shared the same mother and father in their village in southern Sudan. But their family is large; their father had eight wives, Bol said.

Many of his family members left Sudan to escape the war. Bol moved to Omaha in 2001. Kashoual and his mother followed a few years later, moving to Egypt and then to Buffalo, N.Y., Bol said.

Shooter’s brother: Find out why he snapped,  by Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star, September 24, 2010

That’s what led me to refer to an incident on Sunday where Sudanese refugee named Emanuel Samson committed a shooting in which he killed one person, and injured seven (one of them by beating him with the actual gun at close range) and in which he accidentally shot himself in the chest without killing himself as “what I would call typical Sudanese marksmanship.”

However, most of the bad marksmanship, or heavy wounded to dead ratio, involved in the “Leaded Law” isn’t from primitive tribesmen, but from regular African-Americans. What causes this?

Herewith five theories from me—and sixth from Michael Levin.

  1. Racism—all right, all right, I know, I work here, but what this means is that urban America’s lack of gun rights, gun stores, and gun ranges, while it affects urban whites, is aimed at urban blacks. Blacks don’t have the opportunity to learn to shoot, because Michael Bloomberg won’t let them.
  2. Urbanization—partly the same thing, partly the fact that most blacks don’t want to live in small towns with normal attitudes towards guns.
  3. IQ—I wrote in 2009 that differential marksmanship wasn’t necessarily due to IQ, in that people who are quite low on the scale can learn to shoot, but are they clever enough to know they need to learn? Some of the principles behind marksmanship involve geometry, which is why a fraction of an inch off in your sights is three feet off downrange.
  4. Knowledge of anatomy—You can actually take a course, taught by a medical doctor who’s worked with SWAT teams, on “Tactical Anatomy”, which explains where, on an attackers body, to shoot them in self-defence. Hand-to-hand combat courses have charts explaining where all the organs are (the one at right is the Army’s) but it’s not just that inner city blacks haven’t taken those courses—they may simply have no conception of where the heart is, for example.
  5. Excitability—Someone who commits a mass shooting is not necessarily by definition excitable, but that’s the way to bet. In his well-known Principles Of Personal Defense, [Full text] self-defence and combat marksmanship guru Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper claimed that “Coolness” was necessary for winning gunfights started by other people:

The ability to remain cool under pressure comes more easily to some people than to others. But it is in no sense out of anyone’s reach. In fact, it is the first qualification of a man that Kipling calls for in his immortal poem If. It is illustrated beautifully every time you see a quarterback calmly select and hit his receiver while under the threat of more than one thousand pounds of rock-hard, cat-quick muscle only a step away.

The quarterbacks Cooper was talking about are almost all white—funny thing, that.

Finally, for what it’s worth, I’ll add this suggestion from philosopher Michael Levin, which I read in his book Why Race Matters, but I found available online at American Renaissance—that the difference between blacks and whites using firearms is evolutionary.

Violence will skyrocket when a group acquires a killing technology it did not develop. Groups that have invented such things as firearms without killing themselves off must also have developed sufficient inhibitions about using them. Groups that acquire weapons from outside sources are less likely to have evolved the same level of self-restraint, just as groups that do not discover fermentation are unlikely to develop a tolerance for alcohol, and often fall prey to drinking problems when alcohol is introduced from outside. Blacks may have been unprepared for access to the firearms developed in Western society. Consider the remarkable increase in gunshot homicides among black men in the last half-century… [i.e. up to 1995]

Now, the sheer availability of guns does not automatically mean murder. Guns have been available for centuries to the whites who invented and manufacture them. Every adult male Swiss citizen owns a gun, yet the annual homicide rate in Switzerland is one two-hundredth that of Washington, D.C. or Harlem.


Levin was talking about the tendency blacks to shoot off guns at random. I’m talking about their limited ability to hit things. Remember the Sudanese who said “In my country, we fight with our hands. We don’t use guns.”

Swiss marksmanship, on the other hand, is legendary.

None of this means that black gunfire has gone away as social problem—the FBI  released the murder statistics today, and as Steve Sailer puts it:

So, nationally, the homicide rate is up over 20% since 2014, the year of Ferguson and BLM. That’s over 4,400 more dead bodies in the last two years of the Obama Administration than if the homicide totals had simply stayed at the 2014 level for 2015 and 2016.

That is a lot of extra dead people.

But perhaps not as many as it might be if the killers were better shots.

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