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Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns

By Walter E. Williams · Feb. 13, 2013

There's a story told about a Paris chief of police who was called to a department store to stop a burglary in progress. Upon his arrival, he reconnoitered the situation and ordered his men to surround the entrances of the building next door. When questioned about his actions, he replied that he didn't have enough men to cover the department store's many entrances but he did have enough for the building next door. Let's see whether there are similarities between his strategy and today's gun control strategy.

Last year, Chicago had 512 homicides; Detroit had 411; Philadelphia had 331; and Baltimore had 215. Those cities are joined by other dangerous cities – such as St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn., Flint, Mich., and Camden, N.J. – and they also lead the nation in shootings, assaults, rapes and robberies. Both the populations of those cities and their crime victims are predominantly black. Each year, more than 7,000 blacks are murdered. Close to 100 percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation's population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, the black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it's 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation's homicide victims, blacks are also most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery. The magnitude of this tragedy can be seen in another light. According to a Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute study, between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites.

What percentage of murders, irrespective of race, are committed with what are being called assault weapons? You'd be hard put to come up with an amount greater than 1 or 2 percent. In fact, according to FBI data from 2011, there were 323 murders committed with a rifle of any kind but 496 murders committed with a hammer or a club. But people who want to weaken our Second Amendment guarantees employ a strategy like that of the Paris chief of police. They can't do much about hammers, clubs, fists or pistols, but by exploiting public ignorance, they might have a bit of success getting an “assault weapon” ban that will have little impact on violent crime.

There are other measures these people employ in an attempt to end violence that border on lunacy. Massachusetts' Hyannis West Elementary recently warned a 5-year-old's parents that if their son made another gun from a Legos set, he'd be suspended. Elementary-school children have been suspended or otherwise disciplined for drawing a picture of a gun or pointing a finger and saying, “Bang, bang.” I shudder to think about what would happen to kids in a schoolyard if they played, as I played nearly 70 years ago, “cops 'n' robbers” or “cowboys 'n' Indians.” Maybe today's politically correct educators would cut the kids a bit of slack if they said they were playing “cowboys 'n' Native Americans.”

What explains a lot of what we see today, which politicians and their liberal allies would never condemn, is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of black children are born to unmarried women. The absence of a husband and father from the home is a strong contributing factor to poverty, school failure, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance and a host of other social problems. By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data show that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. In 2009, the poverty rate among married whites was 3.2 percent; for blacks, it was 7 percent, and for Hispanics, it was 13.2 percent. The higher poverty rates – 22 percent for whites, 35.6 percent for blacks and 37.9 percent for Hispanics – are among unmarried families.

Other forms of cultural deviancy are found in the kind of music accepted today that advocates killing and rape and other vile acts. Punishment for criminal behavior is lax. Today's Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.



Rod in USA said:

Another excellent piece by Dr Williams. I always look for his articles first in the Patriot Post.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:11 AM

RLS in OK replied:

I agree about Dr. Williams and his articles, Rod. I too, always read what he writes. But a statement in this article raised a question in my mind. Just what would my grandparents have done? 'They would not have accepted such cultural deviancy'. I know that is correct. I know I would have gotten my butt beaten for behavior I hear happens every day in public schools - or for language worse than I just used in this sentence. And, that would be after coach had used his cut-off palm branch wrapped in adhesive tape on the same area of my anatomy before sending me home.

As I think about it, it's a repeated pattern in our society over lots of years. So much is based on statistically insignificant incidents. I remember some teacher abused a student and laws began to be passed to stop that. How often had it happened? I later learned that less than 1 or 2% of the disciplinary actions by teachers, coaches, or principals in public schools were abusive. Now a teacher can't touch a kid. Teachers are afraid of parents. The other 98% of useful and effective discipline of students by school authority was lost. And I'm amazed at the number of parents who think spanking increases violence by kids. I spanked my four kids and, for each, the last spanking was at about age 11. I strongly believe the high character they have today is because they learned you do not break rules without consequences. You show respect to parents and those to whom parents give authority over you. Freedom comes from obeying the rules and laws of society. Why would anyone allow that to be lost? I'm 70 so I'm talking about 50 years of observation of that kind of change in discipline at school and home. And what was the result? Societal violence beyond anyone's worst nightmare.

Now, as Dr. Williams stated, a statistically insignificant number of violent gun murders are used to support gun control. What about the other 98% of the use of guns, not including sports, that is beneficial to society - that prevents lawlessness against law-abiding citizens? I note that all of this change resulted from liberal influence at home and, worse, in government and government schools. It has been that same kind of thinking fomenting such change since I was a youth. But, accept it or not - and I do not - I have no idea how to stop it. My vote did not achieve what I hoped. So, what might I do?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Master Gunny in tifton GA said:

The common thread in all that Dr. Williams highlights in his article is the ignorance of, or will disobedience to, Biblical norms and standards. The hypocracy of lynch mobs who attended church but did nothing to stop the lynchings reminds us that morality is a total commitment and based on an inner conversion rather than an outward theatrical performance. When we allow hatred of any kind to go unchallenged as a society then we create a breeding ground for violence and death.

Black hatred of whites is no less a tragedy than the inverse. All are the result of ignoring the norms and standards established by the creator of the universe. Those norms were promulgated for our protection as individuals and to insure well ordered societies. Mankind was pre-programmed to have fellowship with God but opts to ignore both the internal promptings and the sound advise found in Biblical writings. The result has been a trend toward callous, selfish, and irresponsible thoughts and actions. Some people believe that God is going to destroy us. I believe we are doing it to ourselves and He weeps at our suicide. "Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul and your neighbor as yourself" is not just a means to find life, it is the bedrock of a cohesive and peaceful society.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

WDP in Boerne, Texas said:

Old rule of psychology; "people live up or down to expectations". Thus, we celebrate and excuse deviancy and then wonder why we have so much.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Christ broke down racial barriers, when He conversed with the Samaritan women at the well. Christ reclaimed territory; in the Temple, when in righteous anger, kicked out the money changers!Christ rebuked Satan, 3X's, in the wilderness, by quoting scripture!"Behold He stands at our hearts door, and knocks,--will you answer the call, Patriots?"Saint John's Revelation 3:20.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Master Gunny in tifton GA replied:

Born on Long Island but living in the South since 1985 I've watched the transformation of attitudes among white people toward blacks. Outward expressions of racism or bigotry are extremely rare. The transformation seems real enough (which fills my heart with joy) but I regret to say that the catalyst for the transformation seems to have come more from the T.V. rather than from the pulpit. Just as preachers in the 1840's and '50's failed to preach against slavery, racism, and intolerance the modern preachers also seem more concerned with keeping their positions than preaching the truth. How tragic that cause of justice and brotherly love should be championed by the same media which mocks God and ridicules those who claim Christ as Lord.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

ArmyofOne in MN said:

Assault Weapons: (Jets, drones, missiles, tanks, guns, knives, bats, scissors, scalpels, etc)... high power, or low power, are tools used by criminals: i.e. individuals, gangs, government, etc to commit illegal, un-constitutional, or immoral activities.

Defense Weapons: are the same weapons as above, but are used by law abiding patriots, to defend against the above criminals!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM