Wall Street Journal op-ed: Race and the Gun Debate

March 26, 2013
By Juan Williams

This week much of the talk about gun control concerns New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs $12 million ad campaign to put pressure on senators in key states to support legislation that he backs. Or the talk is about the National Rifle Association’s pushback against the Bloomberg campaign. Then there was last week’s mini-tempest over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s decision not to include Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s assault-weapon ban in a comprehensive gun-control bill the Senate will take up next month.

One thing you don’t hear much about in the discussions of guns: race.

That is an astonishing omission, because race ought to be an inescapable part of the debate. Gun-related violence and murders are concentrated among blacks and Latinos in big cities. Murders with guns are the No. 1 cause of death for African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34. But talking about race in the context of guns would also mean taking on a subject that can’t be addressed by passing a law: the family-breakdown issues that lead too many minority children to find social status and power in guns.  Read more

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