Thomas Gallatin / July 20, 2020

WaPo Blames Spiking Violence on Racist Gun Buyers

Ignoring the real cause of rising crime to protect the “systemic racism” narrative.

In a blatantly politically motivated story, The Washington Post blamed the recent rise in violent crime in many of America’s large (and Democrat-run) cities not on anti-police protests and riots but on “excess” guns and the phony concept of “gun violence.”

The blame-shifting piece was titled, “Spike in violent crime follows rise in gun-buying amid social upheaval,” and the Post sought to blame Americans buying guns for rising violence, not Democrats and Black Lives Matter’s widespread call for defunding the police — or, you know, actual rioters and general thugs. This article is a textbook example of attempting to pass off correlation as causation. The Post fails to provide any data supporting the notion that the sudden rise in violent crime is due to law-abiding citizens who legally purchased their firearms suddenly electing to engage in violence. That’s because they don’t.

What the Post cites is a dubious study by the anti-gun organization Gun Violence Archive. It asserts: “The risks of increased firearm availability are likely compounded by the myriad effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including widespread increases in anxiety, fear, grief, economic strain, disruptions to daily routines, and racial and economic inequities.” Furthermore, the Post attempts to minimize BLM’s calls for defunding the police as essentially an insignificant factor for the increase in gun sales, suggesting instead that “the spike is driven by racist beliefs and attitudes among white Americans.”

Those doggone “bitter clingers” and “deplorables.”

No, the reason Americans are buying firearms at a higher rate is that a growing number are realizing the reasoning and wisdom behind the Second Amendment, especially during times of social unrest. When Americans hear the Marxist rhetoric espoused by BLM and other leftist groups being widely touted by the mainstream media, politicians, and big business, and when Americans see the Left’s “cancel culture” mob taking out individuals for daring to express opposing opinions, they very reasonably infer that it would be wise to prepare for the worst. Perhaps ironically, this anti-gun hit piece by the Post only further validates those concerns.

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