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Guns: What's really the problem in urban communities?

posted Oct 29, 2013, 1:55 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Oct 29, 2013, 2:25 PM ]

Editor/Admin notes

Editor/Admin note:
The following blog post is by guest commentator, Marc Olivier. This commentary is in response to comments by LeRoy Duncan, Protect Minnesota, made during the anti-gun group's so called "gun violence summit" on October 25, 2013, in north Minneapolis, and also in response to a March 2013 opinion piece in the Washington Post, titled, "White men have much to discuss about mass shootings."

We continue to focus on the "changing of the narrative" by Protect Minnesota and their anti-human rights cohorts. We parse more of the comments made by LeRoy Duncan of Protect Minnesota from his interview on Friday. His comments revealed a number of the ways in which they plan to attack law abiding gun owners rather than focusing on the real causes of gun violence (and violence as a whole) and rather than focusing on meaningful solutions to help curb the violence.

One of their planned attacks is to demonize and discredit white males (white male gun owners), as indicated by Duncan's (misleading and deceptive) reference to the "homogeneous" and "isolated" nature of gun owners, and another punitive measure revealed by Duncan is that they plan to attack the legitimate and legal businesses of gun manufacturers.

October 29, 2013
by Marc Oliver, guest commentator

Is The Problem White Men and Guns, Or A Systemic Undermining of the Family, Based On Private Family Choices? 

Focusing on the WaPo opinion piece,  the authors take events and influences, and blend them together so they come out as an indictment SOLELY against white men, and particularly against white men who lead certain corporations and associations (the NRA, gun manufacturers, electronic gaming companies, and the white male members and customers who support them). Notice what they (anti-gunners) ALWAYS, ALWAYS, leave out? The influence of family. Particularly family influences on crime, school, income, drug use, and everything else in society. Anti-gunners don't like talking about what happens within the four walls of the family home. But that's not all. They also leave out any analysis of the influence of government and economic policies on the family, from the federal level on down. And I think there is a definite reason for this, based on an ugly agenda.

We need to look at the WaPo opinion piece closely, their central premise, and what they did with it. As anti-gunners, they chose to focus on the issue of aggression ONLY as expressed by white males involved in mass shooting events. They do not look at *serialized crime events*. Our government does. This is what forms the basis for plea bargaining by the criminal justice system. Government does acknowledge that one individual can and often does commit multiple incidents of crime over a period of time (the time they are undetected, and allowed to roam free). Where do these individuals come from?

Turn on the TV during daytime, and you will find any number of judge shows and talk shows, involving couples *with children* discussing their trials and tribulations of being a relationship with each other. Pay close attention to when the issue comes to the children. Listen to how many times males are challenged to "stepping up" to be "involved in the children's lives" - what used to be called "being a father." Pay particular attention to how many times the matter of child support is brought up. Or rather, notice how many times it is avoided.

This gets to comments made by LeRoy Duncan, Protect Minnesota's lead organizer. Let's look at “systems.” Let's look at media influences directed at minority, urban youth. Look at the litigants and guests of these type of daytime TV shows, which must be popular and a part of our culture, because they've been on for a generation now. Pay attention to when the core issues concern family and children. If you have time, and you get the litigants' and guests' real names, do FB searches on them. YOU look at them and tell us all what you find. I try from time to time, just because I can. It is often enlightening and sometimes frightening. Besides often-repeated lip service, a "shout out" to other people in extended families, you don't see much, if anything about family, unless you were to count the "hook-up" culture as somehow being family.

Go a step further. Picture undetected, unrestrained felons, whether convicted and yet-to-be convicted. Men, and boys, who are not known for their self-control. Picture them living in multiple households, sometimes one at a time, sometimes at the same time, with other men's children. No, really. Look at it. Hard. Tell us all what you find concerning poverty, domestic partner abuse, domestic child abuse, drug abuse, vandalism and abandonment. Explain to us in detail what role gun manufacturers, and taxation of gun owners, should have in these families, their internal dynamics, and especially the outcome of the lives of the children in these families? What overt, direct power and influence will we have in what happens in those families, in exchange for the dollars you and soon-to-be-ex-Mayor R.T. Rybak are after? 

In certain communities, unwed, single parenthood is higher than out-state and national averages. This, despite studies and statistics that show single parenthood (motherhood) is perhaps the biggest indicator of household poverty that exists. And this is based on generations of observation. A corollary to these findings is that poverty is linked to crime in this country. These issues are being addressed in many states, especially in Minnesota, through many programs, both tax-supported and non-profit, federal state and local. This includes many agencies covering a broad range of human needs and activities. These programs and agencies run into the $Multi-Millions of dollars. And despite all this, by most widely accepted standards of measure, the failures are glaring. 

National education achievements are among the lowest when compared to other industrialized countries. Twin Cities youth education and employment, particularly minority youth, is the lowest in the country. Poverty rates are increasing, no matter the demographic label used to describe a particular subset. All this, despite Minnesota being among the most socialized states in the country.


But, instead of examining and reevaluating the policies, programs and procedures already in place, and the cultural influences at work in family systems statewide, to get a clear look at what works and what doesn't, groundwork has been laid and is being carried out to get more money from more people to expand on programs and agendas that appear, in many ways, to be failing. Do an internet search on Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and gun manufacturers. Listen to LeRoy Duncan on the WCCO interview. The agenda becomes clear. It is two-fold. Before, during and after they get their gun-ban legislation, they intend to soak gun manufacturers and gun owners for more money, any way they can.

Where's my proof on the strategy to soak gun manufacturers and gun owners? Legislation pushed to increase taxes, require higher insurance premiums, and more, all directed against *known and permitted* gun owners and *licensed* gun dealers. You know, those who abide by laws and fill out government paperwork to get permits to purchase firearms. The same paperwork that is targeted for use to form gun and gun owner registries. The same registries that were made public by a certain newspaper, complete with maps, names and addresses of gun owners, thereby exposing those gun owners to robberies and other crimes. Some of these same people are the ones pushing to keep convicted felons' records from the public's eyes for any number of reasons, and to be even more lenient with them. Anyone else see a discrepancy and other problems here?