I haven’t written about Laura Washington in a while – mostly because she’s ignorant, racist, irrelevant and physically unappealing. However, since the Sun Times still insists on running her vomitous spew as something worthy of giving a crap about, I figure I’ll spare a few moments of my time to bitch-slap that cross-eyed twat’s latest attempt to foment not merely racism, but outright hysteria.
If you recall, this hag is the one who coined the phrase “people of the gun,” as if law-abiding citizens are the direct cause of violence in America. She attempted to marginalize and vilify us. And in response, gun bloggers created People of the Gun in her honor. Laura is also unabashedly racist. She doesn’t give a flying rat’s fuck if white people get murdered and how and by whom. She’s all about her people. Her president. Her black America.
Her latest screed is no less black supremacist in nature, so that’s not a surprise. The amazing thing is this fuckwit’s lack of any serious research for this piece – and her claim that while the flu is somewhat of problem here in our America, gun violence is the real epidemic.
“With severe flu season under way, vaccine supply is running low,” from The Washington Post. Halfway across the world, the Guardian reported: “Boston flu outbreak prompts mayor to declare public health emergency.”
The hullabaloo left me wondering: If only America could marshal this much conversation and energy toward the real epidemic: urban gun violence.
The flu is a universal concern. On the bus, we glare sideways at the red-nosed sufferers. We veer from the coughers in the grocery line. We all run for the shots and angst at every nearby sneeze.
Yet in cities nationwide, families are dodging a very different, lethal kind of shots. In 2012, 506 souls were murdered in Chicago. Most of them were shot to death. Many of them were children.
Let’s examine this claim, which is also the title of her essay, closely: Gunshots, not flu, the real epidemic
Let’s look at the CDC’s mortality information for a second.
Number of deaths for leading causes of death, 2010:
- Heart disease: 597,689
- Cancer: 574,743
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
- Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
- Diabetes: 69,071
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
- Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364
Interesting. I’m certainly not seeing firearms as a leading cause of death in the United States. The flu, however? It was the 9th leading cause of death in America in 2010. It moved to number 8 in 2011, and firearms aren’t even in the top 15. More than 53,000 people died of flu and pneumonia in the United States in 2011. A little more than 11,000 people died from firearm homicide, and while that number is tragic, and I don’t mean to minimize those deaths, comparing the two is just stupid.
Laura’s ultimate point is that black and Hispanic Americans are dying in large numbers owing largely to gun violence. I get that. In inner cities, the strongest, most potent person wins the day. Her problem is that she doesn’t actually address the root causes of this violence, choosing to blame, instead, the “epidemic” of guns and the legislature’s failure to pass an “assault weapons” ban, and ignoring the fact that these and most other firearms are illegal in cities like Chicago anyway.
Last week, the Illinois General Assembly couldn’t muster up the moxie to move proposed bans on lethal assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
Too many of us think the body count is someone else’s problem. The bloody gun warfare is in someone else’s neighborhood. Many believe that if they stay ensconced in their protected, middle-class enclaves, they can’t “catch” the murder and mayhem.
The tragic truth: “They” don’t care about “us.”
Her ignorance about what is a clip and what is a magazine aside, her claim ultimately comes down to her perception that legislators don’t care about poor black and Hispanic folks, because they don’t infringe on the rights of the rest of us, and if they really cared, they would simply violate the Constitution and take away our rights.
Yeah… that would solve the problem.
Except it doesn’t, and it hasn’t. Time and time again, we have proof that bans don’t solve the issue of violence, but that doesn’t matter to Laura, who seems to be willing to use any distortion to justify her petulant whining that politicians don’t care about black people.
Guess what! Politicians don’t care about any people! They have proven time and time again that they only care about getting reelected – and at any cost. So the inability of “your people” to escape “the hood” has nothing to do with the amount of give-a-fuck on the part of politicians. They don’t give a fuck about anyone, and no amount of infringement on our rights is going to change this.
Laura suggests we have been looking outward – to politicians, police and government – to solve the problems of poverty and violence. I agree, but that is where my concurrence ends. We need to stop. Laura suggests we should look to these outside sources for our security, but they have failed us – particularly because they’re apparently racist and evil. I suggest we should NEVER look to government to solve our problems, and take responsibility for our own communities and families.