Following the Thousand Oaks, California bar shooting, gay black CNN talking head Don Lemon diagnoses the real cause of gun violence in America:
So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban.
Australian queer feminist Clementine Ford is more specific in laying blame:
Another week, another mass shooting in America. This latest massacre was perpetrated by 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former marine who fits the description of most of those responsible for mass shootings in America: young, cis male, white, and with a history of aggression and violence toward women.
Probably all true, but so what? Most criminals are young males and with whites being the largest single group in America it’s inevitable that most criminals and mass shooters are white. It’s also not unusual that the very small population of men who engage in extreme acts of violence might be aggressive and violent toward women.
Let’s break this down further. Many mass shooters are white but various ethnicities are represented.
- In 2016 Omar Mateen, born in America to Afghan parents and an avowed ISIS devotee, killed 49 and wounded 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He was not known to abuse women.
- In 2017 Stephen Paddock killed 58 and injured 422 in Las Vegas. A Caucasian, Paddock was not known to abuse women.
- in 2007 Korean-born Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 and wounded 17 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He had obvious mental health issues but was not known to abuse women.
- In 2012 Adam Lanza killed 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Caucasian Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome and suffered depression, anxiety and an obsessive disorder. He was not known to abuse women but began his killing spree by killing his mother with four shots to the head.
- In 2017 Caucasian Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 and injured 20 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Kelly had previously been convicted of domestic violence while in the military and was not legally allowed to own firearms.
Whereas mass shootings are attention grabbers, more mundane murders kill far more Americans. In this area blacks are overrepresented:
Compared to the national average, the homicide rate was 54% lower for whites, 14% lower for Hispanics, and 267% higher for blacks. Put another way, the homicide rate among African-Americans is nearly quadruple that of the national average.
Although completely accurate numbers are probably not available, research generally agrees that among ethnic groups in the United States, blacks are the most likely to experience domestic violence—either male-to-female or female-to-male—followed by Hispanics and then whites. Asians are the least likely to experience intimate partner violence.
A study in the US suggests that same-sex relationships suffer higher levels of domestic violence than heterosexual ones. Why is this, and how are Americans dealing with the problem?