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Children and Guns: The Hidden Dads

October 04, 2013

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Children and Guns: The Hidden Dads

On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times featured a dad holding a .22 with his kid under the headline, “Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll.” What a bunch of disingenuous cocksuckers. The story paints a picture of white, middle-class Americans leaving guns lying around the house so little kids can blow their heads off.

We hear about two-year-old Tristan Underhill, who accidentally shot himself with his dad’s handgun. We hear about five-year-old Matthew Dwyer, whose brother accidentally shot him. The only respite from the seemingly endless list of cute, white, dead kids are their grieving mothers holding ashes or staring listlessly into space.

I live in New York and am married to a woman, so this emotional tabloid reeks up my house every Sunday. My neighbor came over and saw the story lying on our kitchen table. “Isn’t this horrible?” she asked, pointing to a chart. I asked her how many children they’re talking about, and she said, “Oh I don’t know. I didn’t read that far.” This is why it’s so effective to use dead kids to make your point. Nobody questions you. Moms Demand Action (who all claim to be Trayvon’s mother) demanded action after the article came out. I wonder how many of them ran the numbers.

“Seeing a liberal shoot a gun is like watching a vegetarian try bacon. You can feel them coming over to the dark side.”

In Georgia from 1999 to 2012, the Times counted 67 children killed by guns. The Times chose a white, middle-class dad for their cover story, but the chart doesn’t tell us how many of these 67 kids were black. There are twice as many whites in Georgia as there are blacks, but they share a similar per-capita quotient of annual gun deaths. How many victims were the children of single mothers? How many of the guns found lying around the house were unregistered and belonged to drug dealers? If they were sincere about their report they’d acknowledge that outside of suicide, gun deaths—of any age—are largely a black thang. They’re also a single-mother thing. (And no, I’m not talking about DC attacker Miriam Carey, whom we heard about yesterday.) Here in New York, the map of single-parent households looks exactly like the map of gun deaths:

The Times loves single moms and hates guns, and it’s never occurred to them that the two are correlated. While The New York Times scares us into hating negligent white dads, the numbers point to the black single moms the Times glorifies.

Bloomberg keeps pushing Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but I don’t know how this city’s gun laws could be stricter. I know a guy who went to jail for owning a scuba gun. Getting caught with a BB gun will also get you put away, no matter what your lawyer says. You can’t even sell toy guns. Despite these restrictions, we still get about a murder a day, but they’re never in the neighborhoods where I go. Only 8% of our homicide victims are white. Illegal guns in New York City are owned by black kids who are the children of single mothers. Where’s that headline?

To his credit, Bloomberg may have tuned into this. His Human Resources Commissioner is launching a media campaign discouraging unwed moms from, well, being unwed moms. Good luck with that.

I love when this happens to liberals. They start out on a crusade and get slapped in the face with reality. They rail against hate speech and get stuck with blacks being anti-Semitic. They push diversity and are left with Muslims performing female circumcision. They pretend the gay lifestyle is just like ours and have to stomach the huge percentage of rent boys who are underage. If you are truly worried about gun deaths in America, go where the death toll is highest—the ghetto. It’s not dads buying their son a .22 for his birthday. It’s black kids without a dad using an illegal gun to settle a score in a drug battle. The epidemic isn’t guns. The epidemic is the decay of the black family. Almost three-quarters of them are raised by single mothers. One of the reasons behind this is the brutal incarceration rate black men either endure or subject themselves to. Black kids aren’t in danger of being shot by George Zimmerman. They’re in danger of being shot by black kids. This doesn’t fit the Times’ narrative, however, so they stick a bunch of white kids on the page and use a mother’s tears to push their agenda.

Yes, accidental gun deaths are “wildly” underreported but in Georgia’s case, we’re still talking about 67 accidents over the course of 13 years. That’s five children a year in a state of about ten million. This is not a cover story. There are around 75 million children in America. A child is much more likely to be killed by a car or a bike or even a doctor. Should we outlaw doctors, too?

The cover story also neglected to mention the children’s lives that are saved by guns. Texas has some of the laxest gun laws in the country. They’ve also got the 15-year-old son of a Sheriff’s Deputy who used his dad’s gun to stop home invaders, the 11-year-old who did the same, and the little boy who grabbed a gun and saved his family after he was tied up. We know how many mass shootings happen in gun-free zones like the Navy Yard or the school or the movie theater, but how many shootings don’t happen in gun-friendly zones? I can think of at least nine.

When I joined the NRA and got myself a .30-06, my New York City friends were appalled. One said I was endangering my children and when I told him it’s locked away he said, “My dad’s gun was locked and I got to it.” My friend’s argument wasn’t helped by the fact that he’s still alive. One woman scoffed at my “paranoia,” rolling her eyes at the nonexistent home-invasion threat and my delusions about defending my family. Gun-control advocates are notoriously bad at math and they think home invasions never happen, but somehow kids are constantly shooting themselves. I had to break it to her that my buddy down the road had just been shot at. He was teaching his wife to drive and angrily told some redneck (the guy has a tattoo across his back that says exactly that) to go around him. The guy didn’t appreciate being told what to do, jumped out of his truck, and shot at my friend’s family as they sped off in horror. The redneck spent a year in prison and is out now. He lives less than a mile from my house. He could tell my friend was an unarmed “cidiot,” as the locals call us.

When I put the NRA sticker on my bumper it was to show support for the organization but also to make it clear that my car is not a gun-free zone. The NRA sticker on our window says the same about my house. I have a gun for self-defense, but I also use it to hunt. Sometimes I just shoot shit like a big jug of cola or an old TV. It’s fun. They should try it. Seeing a liberal shoot a gun is like watching a vegetarian try bacon. You can feel them coming over to the dark side.

Using dead children to further your political agenda is sick and wrong. But if you want to get to the bottom of gun deaths in America, check in with black families and stop glorifying single moms. There is an epidemic of dying children, but they don’t look like the child on the front page of The New York Times. They look like Trayvon. The guy who shoots him will likely look like Trayvon, too. And in both cases, like Trayvon, they probably weren’t living with their dads.


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