Guns Are Racist: Chicago Politics and Blame-Shifting for Urban Violence

Guns are responsible for violence in the same way that pencils are responsible for bad test scores.  Those of us who embrace the notions of character and accountability would say that the person himself is responsible for how he uses his gun.  If an individual or group tends to use guns in a murderous manner, then we point to defects in character and hold those individuals or groups fully accountability for their actions. However, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has a different idea: he recently asked a church to consider "federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers, across this country, that are killing black and brown children."  So laws should be blamed, to some significant degree, for minority violence.  This may come as a surprise to those with a more traditional view of free will and human dignity. McCarthy made his remarks at the St. Sabina Church, with Father Michael Pfleger and the congregation in...(Read Full Article)

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