We don’t have a gun problem, ma’am.
We have a “pro-criminal culture” problem.
Perhaps we shouldn’t consider it surprising in the slightest that a journalist friend of Gabay’s, Farah Stockman, learned precisely nothing of value from Gabay’s death. Instead, she’s using the murder to try to get the left-wing, anti-police group Black Lives Matter to take up a cause they have no interest in supporting, gun control.
I applaud the Black Lives Matter movement for calling attention to the festering problem of police shootings, which have taken the lives of 980 Americans this year, including at least 74 unarmed black people.
But I don’t understand why gun control is not on their agenda. The recently-released Campaign Zero, set up by Black Lives Matter activists, presents 10 policy solutions — including better training, body cameras, limits on the use of force, and independent investigations of police killings — to curb the violence. Good on them for proposing solutions, many of which are solid ideas.
But it feels like they’re ignoring the obvious: If there were fewer guns on the street, there would be fewer shootings, including by police. Campaign Zero’s impressive website contains a graph that compares the number of people killed by police in the United States (1,100 in 2014) to the number killed in Germany (six), Australia (six), Britain (two), and Japan (none.)
It fails to mention that the big difference between the United States and those countries is not body cameras, or police training, but gun laws, plain and simple.
No, Ms. Stockman, the difference is not “gun laws, plain and simple.”