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Mass shootings shocked the nation last year grabbing plenty of headlines but our next guest says.
We need to look beyond the headlines and even some of the issues under consideration right now and talk about the overwhelming impact of gun violence in minority communities.
Fox News political analyst Juan Williams has a column on race and the gun debate in today's Wall Street Journal I hope a lot of people read -- one because.
It really does make you think we we talk about maybe banning assault weapons we talk about banning.
High capacity magazines and large capacity.
Weaponry and so forth.
But you say there's a word that isn't being talked about that you think is very important what is it.
I think John you know without -- doubt when you look at the statistics they are just stunning.
About half of all the murders in the country are murders of black and Latino people -- it's more than half.
And you think about it you know black people or about 13% of the population.
So what you're seeing here is disproportionate.
And the question is -- so much of this violence that is black on black violence for the most part.
And it's -- young black people killing young black people and yet there's no discussion of this.
You see it reflected in terms of poll numbers where you see blacks and Latinos a woman it overwhelmingly favor.
Of gun control but then you go to the white community and the white community is not -- supporter.
Well the question becomes why this this -- reaction to gun control I think part of it is.
What you see in terms of the tremendous presence of violence and killing going on in Black America.
I saw some statistics that are cited in the Wall Street Journal piece that -- if you look.
There are more black people who have been killed in this country that were killed during all the years of lynching.
Illegal lynching in this country so that tells you how sick and said our current circumstance is this is a generational crisis.
Let me read some more statistics and -- your own words so you can just sit back and relax you -- almost fifty years ago when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed.
The national out of wedlock birth rate was 7% today it is over 40%.
According to the CD CD out of wedlock birth weight rate for white children was just 2% in the 1960s today it is 30%.
Among black children the out of wedlock birth rate has skyrocketed from 20% in the sixties to a heart breaking 72%.
The Hispanic out of wedlock rate which has been measured for much shorter period was below 40% in 1990.
And stands at more than 50%.
As of the 2010.
One year in about liberal you sound an awful lot in those pronouncements like a black conservative who's been getting some attention recently.
Doctor Ben Carson.
Megyn Kelly talked to him yesterday he said the breakdown of the family in the inner city is a big part of our nation's problems today listen.
We need our president but we need everybody to focus on it because we need to recognize.
As a society.
For every one of those shown people that we keep from going down that path of self destruction.
That's one less person we have to be afraid of protect our families from.
When this person we have to pay for and the penal system of the welfare system one more tax paying productive member of society.
Is it possible one that you and doctor Carson are sort of saying the same thing.
-- -- definitely saying the same thing mayor Johnny I wrote a book call enough about just this issue.
I think people are honest about it when you look at that out of wedlock birth rate it directly ties into the gun issue.
Because when you look at the high rate of slaughter.
Murders homicides committed with guns in the black community you've gotta ask yourself.
Why are young black people find status and power in the gun and I think it's tied to the absence of fathers I think it's tied to -- -- break down.
We know that when children come from single parent families they have higher poverty rates more social problems higher dropout rates.
This does not mean making up I'm not on some pulpit doctor Carson is not on some -- we're simply pointing out the facts John -- think why is -- everybody.
And again I'm a gun control supporter you -- -- a live -- how liberal I'm -- gun control supporter without a doubt.
But why is it that people want to talk about the size of magazines or assault weapons.
And not talk about.
Something that's gonna have far more impact than any new law which is can we fix the family situation.
Get these kids into a situation where there's a father and a mother and a community -- support them so that they don't.
Automatically think that the biggest thing in their life is having a gun and settling a dispute.
You know by shooting somebody or getting involved with drugs and shooting people over gang and drug -- but -- what's going on.
Let me pivot this slight lead to a sort of related issue one that's why so many hundreds of conservatives are lined up outside the Supreme Court right now you know trying to.
Defend traditional marriage because they say marriage is an important building block to the society.
I arrive any doubt about it I mean to me it is the essential building block you know you're on a personal level we I was raised by single mom for a long time my dad came back into the picture but.
You know to me the idea of family is actually essential to who I -- John I mean you know someone and you hear this from doctor Carson the mother.
Saying educations everything giving you values in terms of -- hard work you -- What you get you know don't make excuses.
This to me is so essential and it comes from -- is not gonna come from your peers and it's not gonna come from gangster rap that you know.
Makes heroes out of people who have guns and shoot and kill.
And the end up in jail and -- going to jail for a black man into some kind of rite of passage this is sick this functional thinking.
But it is still common today especially in our minority and -- communities and I think people have to stand up and speak against it.
And that's -- I think.
-- talk about gun control in this type of gun control and -- -- -- some of its good.
But the reality is you've got to start with that's -- the problem the heart of the problem right now is the cars that we see.
And the black and Latino community especially among our young people number one cause the debt.
Black and Latino man between fifteen and 34.
Homicide by gun -- And if you did and you think you're saying that if that kind of carnage were occurring in the white community this gun debate would be a very different thing right now.
Well I think so I mean obviously what we -- a new town is a white young man attack mostly white children.
And so that had a tremendous effect on the country but -- -- what you see is that President Obama was able to react to that event whites.
A white -- young man killing white young children.
But he didn't react to what's going on in Chicago where on a daily basis I think the president that himself every four days is an equivalent of a new town.
In his hometown of Chicago but he was unable to speak to it because it was too politically.
When you just speak about what's going on there and I think people shy away from the the racial angle of this gun debate and I think it it still it ill serves us in terms of understanding what's going on in our country and who's at risk.
And even some minority leaders have have shouted down those who are making your points people should read your column in today's Wall Street Journal for more information on that -- Juan Williams.
Good to have you on thank you.
Thank you for -- a great.
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